When I started Stockpiling, I did not have a deep freezer. Shelley got one first and I have to say I had "freezer envy" 🙂 I was thrilled when I got one for Christmas 2009! It was the best gift I ever got. If you are going to stockpile, I highly suggest it. It is the best investment for your return. I prefer a standing freezer versus a chest freezer for ease of finding your items. In addition to my kitchen refrigerator, I also have a second one in our basement.
Utilizing the Freezer - 7 Days of Stockpiling
The next investment I would make is the FoodSaver. I can honestly say I LOVE the FoodSaver. It extends the life of your food and keeps it without freezer burn. My Mother-in-Law bought it for me, and I love it! You can read my post on the foodsaver for tips of how to use it. I suggest buying it at Kohl's when you get a 30% off plus Kohls Cash. There are often rebates too!
When it comes to freezing your stockpile, you need to think outside of the box. In fact, there is actually very little you can NOT freeze. I freeze bread, buns, cheese, cream cheese, milk, orange juice, eggs, butter, sour cream and fruit and vegetables to name a few. You may even be interested in Once a Month Cooking as it is a great way to meal plan and stretch your family budget.
I would have to say that the deep freezer is my most important kitchen appliance. I couldn't be without it now that I have had it. It stretches my ability to stockpile and save money.
7 Days of Stockpiling Series:
Day 1 -Utilizing Coupon Clippers
Day 2 - Organizing Your Coupons
Day 3 - How Do I Build A Stockpile?
Day 4 - How To Be An Extreme Couponer
Day 5 - Overage
Day 6 - Utilizing the Freezer
Day 7 - Living in the "Land" of Doubles
If you are new (or even experienced) to freezer cooking you may enjoy these posts: