I've been wanting a freezer for YEARS now.
I live in texas so outdoor freezer seems like an ill suited plan. However I have an area in my kitchen that I can fit an upright into (funnily enough directly across from my fridge), and growing up we had a HUGE upright so thats what I'm used to. I'd prefer easy access, and again width is more of a concern for me.
I have 8.5yr old and 5.5yr old boys who easily eat more than I do. Since i'm divorced my ex has them a decent amount of time so there are times where I don't have them for several days or sometimes weeks (holidays) at a time so it's hard for me to buy FRESH stuff since it will sit around while they are gone.
I currently have a side-by-side and my freezer is STUFFED and I don't have nearly enough stuff in there. plus side by sides are so darn hard to store efficently in sometimes!
I used to OAMC until my old fridge freezer started acting up. just a side note I work crazy hours, and until recently 8hrs of sleep in a week wasn't abnormal as well as traveling quite a lot. a new job has given me a slightly more normal schedule but I don't often have much time to cook let alone to shop!
What i'd like to keep in stock is several bags of frozen fruits (I firmly believe my kids are part fruit bat!), frozen veggies, and ready prepped meals. Trader joes just opened up in my neck of the woods and i'm in LOVE....plus we have aldis here now too.
I hardly EVER buy meat, mainly because i'll buy it and end up too tired or having to work and by the time I get around to going "oh yeah, I bought beef to make tacos" it's already questionable. I plan to buy frozen meats to fill it so I don't have to plan around trip to store. I'm making a rough list of what i'm going to hit my butcher up for - somewhere around 60ish lbs. Mostly ground, stew, a few roast type cuts (albiet in smaller sizes for just the three of us) and a few whole fryers.
I also buy bread at the bakery outlet. right now I have several loaves taking up about half my freezer. I usually pickup around 12 loaves or so (often there are buns, bagel thins for sandwiches, and english muffins in this count however) when I go.
I also anticipate buying cheese and things and putting them away.
so thats er...
60ish lbs of meat
12 bags frozen fruit/veg
24 bags prep meals (chicken, pot stickers, mac and cheese etc from TJs)
12 loaves of bread
6 frozen pizzas
plus probably 6 8x8 cassaroles, 12q stew/soups, and probably around 6 gal ziplock bags frozen flat from OAMC
So i need something that will store the above, with a little wiggle room to grow, but will probably be my "at fullest" point amount.
I've decided lowes has best price/free delivery, and whirlpool has best review and prices.
I'm torn between the 20.5 for 670 (plus tax) or the 15.8 for 540
I'm sure like when I went from cooking for 8 (eldest of 6 kids) to cooking for just myself or two....that comparing against a 25ft freezer the 16 seems tiny but will be more than enough?