I SO wish I had done this a couple of years ago. With a growing family and eating and preparing whole, traditional foods, a second fridge really is a necessity. I was thrilled to find mine this week on craig's list for just $100 and the people delivered it for me!
It's no shining beauty, but it works well and I hope it will last me 4-5 years. It should pay for itself very quickly just from all the food that I will be able to save from going to waste. My kitchen fridge and freezer have been so full that I have had trouble keeping track of what I have and often fresh produce has gone bad before I could use it.
Now that I am doing more fermenting and dehydrating, I have needed room to store all these yummy fruits and veggies. So, now I can buy even more in bulk and be able to save grocery dollars that way as well.
Not only can I now see what I have much, much better, but I am finding that I can do meal prep throughout the day that I could not have done before, as I had no place to put it. I prefer to do meal prep earlier in the day, as the dinner hour can be a tough one sometimes with a toddler.
Another time saver is being able to make and store my herbal tea in batches instead of having to make it each day. Most herbal teas are generally able to be stored in the fridge for two days, so I can make a double or triple batch of tea, which is a nice time saver for me.
So, my cold storage now includes two side by side fridge/freezers, one chest freezer, and if needed (I have it turned off right now), and small compact fridge that is build into our outdoor grilling area. I never thought I would fill that much cold storage, but each unit is being very well used!
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