The deep freeze: yay or nay?
Posted by Beckie | Filed under Beckie
Even after I told myself it wasn’t worth the membership fees, I recently rejoined Costco after taking a several month hiatus. Although the sale prices are often better elsewhere, there are a few things our family likes buying regularly at Costco. For example, the salmon is around $30 for a massive piece which feeds our family of four for about three meals. At the grocery store, the same quantity would cost in the vicinity of $40. So I figure after buying salmon several times, I have at least come close to breaking even.
I also love the slab cake for birthdays ($20). While it isn’t for those with gourmet tastes, it is a massive cake that tastes mighty fine a few times per year. It provides plenty of leftovers too, which I tend to indulge in after the kids go to sleep. I *used* to buy apple juice as well, but after recently realizing my kids and I were AJ Addicts, I have pretty much cut it out from our usual bottle-a- day habit.
My kids like coming to Costco because there are often some kind of samples being handed out; it’s kind of like a cocktail party with the fancy hor d’oeuvres (or it makes for a cheap date night ). On our standard trip we usually buy: milk, salmon, biodegradable bags for our green bin, vitamins and medications, olive oil, maple syrup and goldfish crackers and a bunch of other things. Unfortunately, I usually have to skip most of the meat, refrigerated and frozen sections of the store. The main reason for this is the lack of space in our small freezer. It is generally filled with some pre-made foods that can be defrosted easily e.g. breads, homemade tomato sauce, spanikopita, and meatballs, as well as either homemade or a small box of store bought chicken fingers. There is absolutely no room for large quantities of raw meat/seafood, or any other frozen goodies.
So I’ve been thinking that we should buy a small chest freezer to put in the basement (Costco even sells these but I haven’t done any price comparisons yet). I would then be able to buy larger quantities of meat and frozen goods and store them in the chest freezer. I hesitate to do this for a few reasons; numero uno is finding the proper space to put this freezer (e.g. I don’t think the middle of the playroom like my husband suggested is a good idea). Another reason is the extra electricity consumption and the possibility of having to throw away a ton of food if there is an electrical failure. I’m still on the fence, so if you have any strong opinions pro/con regarding owning chest freezers, post away!