Self defrost or not? Freezer.

Posted by: Imwoody

Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/22/12 08:21 PM

I have an upright freezer that is self defrosting. Works good but get a lot of freezer burn and iceing (sp) on my garden stuff I freeze. Bags of beans, corn or whatever with liquid seems the worst. Would that be solved by getting a freezer that is not self defrosting? Wonder if the cycling of temperatures to defrost is doing it? Really like the upright compared to a chest type. Thanks.
Posted by: jeff1

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/22/12 08:38 PM

Hi,

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Would that be solved by getting a freezer that is not self defrosting?


That should/would help a lot.

jeff.
Posted by: mommapup.

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 05:07 AM

We've solved the majority of our freezer burn problems by using a vacuum sealer. Food Saver is a good household brand. It may seem a bit expensive up front, but you can buy bags on-line cheap, and the food you save is worth it.

The peppers and fish we froze last summer show no problems.
Posted by: jeff1

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 05:59 AM

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a vacuum sealer. Food Saver is a good household brand.


Seen them on TV but have never tried one.

jeff.
Posted by: mommapup.

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 06:12 AM

They're great! Before we got our boat, our neighbor gave us several packages of panfish that were going on 2 years old. The ones vacuum packed were fine. The ones he used the Zip-Loc vacuum thingy were gone...

We even add spices and herbs to the fish before we pack them.

Mmmmmm.....
Posted by: Imwoody

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 12:15 PM

Thanks all. Putting up "garden stuff" is work enough without it being spoiled by freezer burn. I had thought about a vacume sealer but read they didn't work well with liquid. Green beans, sweet corn, turnip greens etc. Will look at the website for that brand. Guess I'll sell my self defrost and get the other. Looks like I will have to order it, not carried in my local stores. Only self defrost. frown
Posted by: mommapup.

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 12:42 PM

Green beans, sweet corn, turnip greens etc., vacuum pack very well. You only have to drain them after blanching. As I said, we pack hot peppers dry. They hold up great! About the only veg I don't think will pack well is tomatoes.(because of the juice) Those, we pack in the hard disposable containers. Gotta fill them to the brim, much like canning.
Posted by: jeff1

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/23/12 07:48 PM

Guess that would or would not make a good anniversary gift for our 29th?!?

jeff.
Posted by: mommapup.

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/24/12 04:59 AM

Gee jeff, that's a trick question.

For me, I'd rather have something practical, and even something TB and I will both enjoy. I can pick a flower or buy candy anytime, and who needs jewelry.
Posted by: jeff1

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/24/12 07:18 AM

Just looking for ideas.....march is coming fast wink
Want to stay out of the dogs house!
The vacuum was not a winner 20 years ago!!

jeff.
Posted by: mommapup.

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/24/12 07:43 AM

Twenty years ago she was still in bliss... wink I bet she's much more practical now... smile

So, get her/you a Food Saver, AND take her out to dinner.... (I'd like that!)
Posted by: jeff1

Re: Self defrost or not? Freezer. - 02/24/12 02:49 PM

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So, get her/you a Food Saver, AND take her out to dinner....


I like that idea

jeff.