Frozen Food Life span?

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Old 08-28-05, 03:56 AM
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Frozen Food Life span?

I'm thinking about going out to get one of those Floor or stand up freezers. One of the nicer ones that are suppose to not build up ice, so I don't have to thaw it out every six months. I'm not really sure what they call that.

Someone told me if I go out and get one of those cheaper freezers, I'll have to keep it packed to the top with food to keep it running correctly. Also I'll have to take all of the food out every now and then to thaw the freezer out and get rid of all of the ice build up.

How come everything has to be so hard, all I want to do is get an extra freezer. My frigerator now has a very small freezer on it and I need more space for frozen food.

Is the above true, do I have to keep it packed with food? Also is it worth it to spend the extra money on a nicer freezer? Last question, how long does meats, pizza, ice cream and vegables last in the freezer?
 
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Old 08-28-05, 08:21 PM
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A full freezer uses less energy because the WHOLE interior is a frozen "block". You are cooling any air space that is in it. It's true that if you buy a freezer that is not self defrosting, you will have to remove the food and get rid of ice that forms. My old one took all of a half hour to do. Depends on if you want to do this a couple times a year. Money or labor...your choice. Most foods have a year or less freezer life. Each group has it's own lifetime in the cold. Good luck.
 
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Old 08-29-05, 02:23 AM
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Thanks for the info, I did go up the store yesterday and check them out. It looks like the frost free freezers are about $75-100. more then the same size freezer that isn't frost free.
The only thing I didn't like about the frost free frig's is that they were all pretty big frig's. They were rated for a med-to large family and there is just 2 of use in these family. I'll have to think about it, and look in other stores.
 
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There tons of frost free freezer in all sorts of sizes. You can even get one as small as 4 cubic feet. Go to Sears.
 
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How quickly ice forms is determined by how you use your freezer. Ice comes from insufficiently sealed food, a leaky freezer gasket, or frequent opening of the freezer door. Mostly it's the former, I suspect.

Frost free freezers do have disadvantages, besides higher purchase and operating cost. They suck moisture out of anything inside, unless it has a real good airtight seal. They also cycle on a heating element that slightly, periodically, warms the compartment - part of the frost removal process. So much for the magic of frost free. So food isn't kept at such a consistently low temperature; it won't keep as long.

However I recommend the convenience of a frost free freezer. In this day, we really needn't stock foods any longer than a year.
 
 

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