Well, after much thought and some excellent input, I’ve decided I am not buying a freezer at this time. Here are my reasons:
- I have tried for years to grow enough veggies in my garden to freeze the extra. So far, I’ve not succeeded; I just don’t think 150sf is enough space to grow a year’s worth of vegetables. Buying things at the market to freeze is sometimes cost effective (like that 5-lb head of broccoli I once got for $2), but in general, it’s a losing financial proposition. In any case, I can keep several months’ worth of local produce in the freezer atop my fridge, so I can freeze some local produce. (Corn, especially!)
- If I have a freezer, I will feel compelled to fill it up. This is an invitation to buy things I don’t need, especially meat. I would rather not buy as much meat instead of being tempted to buy a side of beef because “it’s much more economical that way!” Yes, I am a strong enough person to fight this temptation, but honestly, I have better things to do with my energy. 🙂
- A freezer will encourage me to eat more locally, but less seasonally. Yes, it’s lovely to have peas and green beans all year long, but philosophically, I’d rather be eating things out of my root cellar – the kinds of foods that are traditional “winter” foods specifially because they keep without a freezer.
- A freezer is another thing that needs attention. I need to fill it, defrost it, pay for its electricity, and worry about it when the power goes out.
- It does not simplify my life, and the increase in complexity is not offset by a greater worth to the common good (achieved in this case by eating locally for more of the year).
[UPDATE: And then…I changed my mind and did buy a freezer. Here’s why.]