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Investing in a Freezer

Is buying a freezer worth the money?
Investing in a Freezer

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If you have the space and some money to invest, a stand-alone freezer can be a cost-saving appliance. You can take  advantage of bargains at the grocery store when meat or frozen vegetables and fruits are on sale. Gardeners can freeze their  fresh produce, and hunters can preserve their wild game to enjoy later. You can avoid wasting food by preserving it.

Watch for sales. A freezer might cost $200 to $400 or more, depending the size and model, plus about $5 to $15 per month  in electricity costs. Wise shoppers could recoup the cost of the freezer within a few months of bargain shopping or preserving their own food.

However, be sure that you use frozen food within a reasonable amount of time for best quality. Most frozen vegetables retain  their quality for about eight to 12 months. Ground meat retains its quality for three to four months. For more information about storing food, see the “Food Storage Guide” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn579.pdf.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise July 2013 newsletter (PDF)

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