chest freezer? Upright freezer?
What happens when you do a lot of cooking and baking? You run out of room in that dinky refrigerator freezer! So, I need to get a deep freezer.
One thing I want to store is flour. Like right now in my area the local grocery store is selling KA flours for $3.35 (normally 4.99). I want to stock up on those. Then, I want to be able to freeze breads so that when I run out (like I will today), I can pull a loaf out of the freezer. Right now, I have room for maybe one or two loaves of bread, but no room for flours. And can I store other things? Seeds for baking?
Then, of course, frozen meals. I home cook everything (start to finish scratch) and I would like to freeze some meals too so that on those nights I dont' want to cook or we're in a hurry, I can pull something out.
My gut tells me to get a chest freezer as they are more efficient and store more (typically). But, uprights take up a smaller footprint so then maybe I would have room upstairs in the mudroom instead of down in the basement (convenient).
But, if a chest freezer is good - what size? Bigger is not necessarily better. Going too big is inefficient in cooling - more dead air space to keep cool instead of the frozen foods helping it stay cold (cycling the machine less often).
We're a family of 5 - Grandma, mom, dad, a 14 year old boy, and a 5 year old boy. Suggestions? We've never had room for a freezer before.