So, this whole “blogging” thing is terribly one-way. I think of something to say, write about it, and maybe a couple of you comment on it. I’m not even really sure how many of “you” there are. It’s like being on stage and blinded by the spotlights, and only occasionally do you hear someone laugh or cough or something.
So I’m throwing this one out to you all: should I buy a freezer? I’m thinking a small chest-type freezer, mostly for storing garden veg and perhaps some meat. We don’t eat a ton of meat, but whole pastured chickens are the way to go, and they don’t fit in the fridge-top freezer very well.
My initial list of pros:
- Would make it possible to eat local veg well into the winter.
- Cheaper than store-bought organic veg, especially for stuff I grow. (I figure a small chest freezer costs about $4/mo to run if it lasts 20 years.)
- Would put more variety at hand for winter produce.
- Frozen veg is waaaaaay better than canned and easier to put up.
- I’d have to do all that processing!
- I have not yet had a garden produce enough of anything, except tomatoes, that would fill a freezer. (I can get cheap veggies from local sources, though, and would do more if I had a place to store them. Probably.)
- I’ve done just fine without one up to this point.
- The power goes out frequently near us, but rarely more than a day or two. (The big ice storm last January knocked us out for 3 days and everything in the fridge-top freezer was still frozen solid.)
It’s funny; as I contemplate becoming more self-sufficient and putting food up for the winter, I get a little sad thinking how much I enjoy shopping at our local food co-op. I would actually miss grocery shopping. Especially when money is tight, it feels like a splurge to walk into this little bountiful shop and say, “What sounds good for dinner tonight? You can have anything you want,” and finding some weird little ingredient to build a meal around. I suppose I can still do that; green beans are rarely the “magic ingredient.”
So what do you think? Should I buy a freezer?