The Chest Freezer
One of the most popular home freezers appears to be the chest type which is available in several sizes. The 6 cu feet freezer holds approximately 200 pound of frozen foods if stacked correctly. The 10 cu feet size will hold approximately 350 pound. Both these sizes will suit the smaller family. They keep everything fresh no matter how high the temperature outside, and give easy access to food. However, the larger family or farmer’s wife would probably need the 16 cu feet freezer which holds 550 pound or the 22 cu feet size holding around 800 pound. Foodstuff may be kept frozen all year round in the large chest freezer which makes them economical for country properties.
The chest type freezer usually has a magnetic seal around the complete lid, which prevents warm air getting into your freezer. The quick freeze area is situated over the electric motor end, however good quality freezers have the freezing pipes all around the walls and at the bottom, not just at one end. Vinyl coated dividers are provided with the larger chest freezers. The dividers enable you to keep different types of food separate. Vinyl coated baskets are also supplied with the chest type freezers. These are ideal for an assortment of small items.
Most well made chest type freezers have a temperature control situated on the outside, which enables you to switch to quick freeze when putting a large quantity of food in at the one time. Any type of food which is frozen quickly is of far better quality when eaten later.
The Upright Freezer
If kitchen space is a problem I would strongly recommend the upright or vertical freezer as it is a great space saver, taking up very little valuable floor space. Once again, there are several sizes to choose from. The top quality upright freezer usually has vinyl coated adjustable shelves and steel interior lining, with freezing pipes situated all round, lining sides, back, bottom and top i.e. inside the lining, out of sight.
The quick freeze area is situated at the bottom directly over the freezer motor. A temperature control and quick freeze switch is also usually positioned at the bottom. With a touch of the toe you can switch to quick freeze. Once food is frozen switch back to thermostatic control. Remember the quicker you freeze food the better the quality. There is usually plenty of door space for easy access to smaller items. An ice bucket and several ice cube trays are also usually supplied. Once again, a magnetic door seal gives a perfect seal every time.No chance of warm air getting in which means no waste of precious power. Of course, the convenience of the upright freezer should not be forgotten for when the shelves are full of frozen food, it gives you a supermarket in your own kitchen!
The Refrigerator Freezer
If you need a new refrigerator and have never owned a deep freeze, I would suggest you trade in your old refrigerator for a new two door dual temperature refrigerator freezer. This is two appliances in one, a household refrigerator plus a true long term deep freeze cabinet. You will never regret the extra cost because you will have the pleasure of automatic frost-free in both compartments. Frigid fresh air is injected by a fan into the refrigerator and freezer and circulates continuously so there is no frost or consideration. Defrosting is unnecessary and you can identify your frozen food immediately because it does not ice up. You can buy frozen food specials at the supermarket, store them in your freezer and save several dollars a month on you grocery bill. You will also find your first deep freeze a great convenience as left over foods can be packaged, frozen and used weeks or months later.
The deep freeze storage cabinet of the refrigerator freezer is usually positioned on top of the refrigerator cabinet. In some models they are side by side, and a few have been manufactured with the freezer under the refrigerator compartment. All models are usually fitted with an interior light and vinyl coated adjustable shelves. In the refrigerator compartment there is an egg rack, a dairy chest for butter and cheese and a crisper for vegetables. Once again, magnetic door seals are fitted to all quality refrigerator freezers to keep cold air in and warm air out. The dual refrigerator freezer takes up very little precious kitchen floor space. You will never regret buying a good quality deep freeze.