Hello, I'm seeking advice on getting a second freezer and I really need to know what size is appropriate.
The basic situation: I live with my girlfriend, we have no children, so there are just to two of us. I like to cook but if I'm not cooking, she often prefers to convenience of the dreaded frozen prepared meals. Okay okay, I'll admit they are convenient and some are even tasty. Moving on....
We're looking for advice on a freezer to add to our standard sized fridge/freezer for extra storage. Basically, the freezer on top of the fridge is great for convenient items and essential items - for example, ice cube trays, small containers of iced cream, frozen peas, the aforementioned frozen meals etc. But if I ever need to store something either bigger or longer term - think a ham, a turkey, or 10 quarts of home made chicken stock - there's no possible way. Therefore I think we're going to use the fridge-freezer for convenient stuff and get a second freezer for my big items and storage.
So then, with only two people, including one cook, and no children, what size freezer do you recommend? I've found models as little as 3 cubic feet (smaller than some bar-fridges) up to... well, the sky's the limit. The most common "apartment" sized ones are about 5-6 cubic feet and $300-$400, but likely to be discounted on Dec. 26th (we're in Canada).
Also, can anyone tell me if a chest freezer really is a convenience or a pain in the neck? My fear is that I will turn into my mother, who has TWO chest freezers full with so much frozen food that there are probably items at the bottom older than I am. I know the idea is great, that I can always have my own stock and pasta sauces on hand even if I'm feeling lazy, but that laziness could lead me down a bad path.... anyone have any experience here?