Will Moving Chest Freezer
We’re playing freezer shuffle as we get ready to open the butcher shop. It will be a while before we use the real freezer system in the butcher shop, the walk-in coolers as they are a part of a future build out. Initially we’ll keep using the chest freezers we have.
Step 1: Our son Ben cleaned out one of the rooms in the butcher shop which had been used for construction. That clean out was a big task in and of itself.
Step 2: We cleaned out the freezers, packing product in to big white coolers on a deeply cold day. She joked that she has the worlds largest outdoor walk-in freezer. Oh, wait, no joke – it’s winter time!
Step 3: We carried our existing chest freezers from the front porch where they’ve lived for years around to the back of the butcher shop and down the slippery slope to lairage so we could take them in the wide back door. That was an adventure. The more modern Amana freezer only weighs 252 lbs. The older Frost King is a lot heavier. I don’t know how heavy, just a lot heavier and that was after we took off the top door.
Step 4: The new So-low freezer arrived today. This will blast chill meat down to a colder than Hell -121°F. That’s colder that dry ice which is frozen CO2. Installation is still to happen in the coming week. We’ll need to move the Fricon which is currently in the way. The Fricon is our super chiller – it keeps our pork just above the freezing point of meat which is 25°F. Fresh, not frozen and higher quality since it is below the activity level of biological organisms in addition to being vacuum packaged.
Step 5: Once the So-Low is in place the Fricon goes back in place and then the freezer shuffle will be complete. I recently did the electrical work to wire up for both the Fricon and the So-low so everything is ready for them. ()Try to say Fricon without giggling.)
Step 6: Much later we’ll finish off the FCB, the walk in freezer, cooler and brine which will use the coolth attic for storing winter. That’s a project for another time, long after we have the meat cutting and possibly after we get the smokehouse in place. At that point two of these chest freezers will go out of use, being replaced by the walk-ins. I’ll probably keep them as backups, just incase our walk-out freezer fails, a.k.a. winter.
For home use I strongly recommend chest freezers and get the manual defrost kind. They’re more energy efficient than uprights. Manual defrost because auto defrost warms the contents to melt the ice which ruins your food.
Oddly enough, our over 50 year old Frost King freezer is twice as efficient as our 2009 Amana freezer. They’re both chest freezers of the same size and both used the same way in the same location. The Frost King uses half as much energy as the Amana. It also has run trouble free for longer than I’ve been alive.
Outdoors: 9°F/-11°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 64°F/60°F
Daily Spark: Dive in slowly.