Because our big fridge broke earlier this year, we’ve learned to live with a 10 instead of 18 foot fridge. Having one copy of the 18′ refrigerator die three months or so after we bought it, we don’t have a lot of faith this one will keep working for long, after these repairs. We’re planning to replace it in the next year. We think we’ll buy a small, 8 foot or less fridge and perhaps a 10 foot or so convertible fridge/freezer.
We get produce from a farm, 6 months a year. The idea has always been that we’ll put aside food during the months we get farm food to help feed us the other 6 months. So our need for fresh and frozen food storage varies hugely.
The used commercial freezer we bought this year works, not as well as we’d like, and it’s a dedicated freezer. It should be nearly empty by winter’s end.
We have decided on counter depth units, as they’re shallower; there’s less space for food to “hide.”
We’re working on our minimalism. This includes making the best use of the farm food, something we haven’t managed.
- The first year I had no idea how much food we’d get.
- The second I tried but got overwhelmed.
- This year I managed at the beginning of the season, but the fridge dying being fixed then dying and being fixed again and other factors made it impossible.
In the meantime, our 18′ 4 year-old fridge/freezer is working again and we’ll use it.
I like the idea of the underground fridge thing, but I think it would likely be expensive and impractical here. (Look for underground refrigerator, it’s a plastic bubble which is buried, with a walkway out of it.) I want a California closet (Not the brand of closet organizers but a form of unpowered food storage.). I would love a root cellar, but that’s not practical here.