By the end of the main growing season I should find myself with a nice amount of kale to freeze, along with chard, green beans and some other freezer-friendly crops. My fridge freezer is already practically full (including several bags of kale already), and I know that this is the year that I must invest in a highly energy efficient freezer (I’m assuming a chest freezer, as they are a little more energy efficient than upright models, but am open to persuasion in the other direction.)
While I’m in the midst of reading a pretty nifty book called Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage and Lactic Fermentation, I’m not planning on abandoning freezing as a preservation method at this stage. It’s very handy and works well for me for a number of crops, and now that our solar panels are finally up and running, we’re generating more electricity than we’re using. (I haven’t written about our solar project yet, have I…that’s another post.)
All this to say, do any of you have experiences with energy efficient freezers that you’d care to share? A must-have freezer that you’d love to recommend? A cautionary tale about depending on a freezer? Or any other thoughts on freezing / preserving the season’s harvest? I’d love to hear from any and all of you!