If you are building a bar, you should make sure you will be able to fit in a fridge under it for easy access to beer, juices, milk, and whatever else you will need to make drinks. But you will also need a freezer, if only to store ice. While some mini-fridges may include a freezer section, it is likely to be very small, and will not be big enough for the large quantities of ice needed for even just a few guests.
Frost-free undercounter freezer:
Frost-free undercounter freezer pictured: Frost-Free Outdoor All-Freezer For Built-In Or Freestanding Use In Black by Summit Appliances
A small chest freezer that one can fit easily in the garage or basement can come in quite handy when storing frozen foods that are too big to fit in a regular kitchen fridge. Some models can run on battery power, which can be very useful during a long power outage, and some can also be powered by a solar panel.
Small chest freezer:
Small chest freezer pictured: Sundanzer Solar-Powered Chest Freezer – 5.8 Cubic Ft., 30in.L x 40in.W x 37in.H by Sun.
If you’re like me, you really hate having to defrost the freezer part of your fridge. It’s a long process that usually gets messy with melted ice water dripping all over the place. At least it was for me. Thankfully, I don’t have to deal with that issue anymore as I have bought a frost free freezer that freezes with a temperature adjusted fan forced cooling system. Finally, no more ice build up and hard to close freezer doors. I should have done this long ago.
Frost free freezer:
Frost free freezer pictured: Summit SCFF55BSSTB Commercial 24″ Built In Freezer in Black with Frost-free operation.
Also of interest: SCFF-55BIFR 5.0 cu. ft. Under-Counter Frost-Free Commercial All-Freezer w/ Custom Panels, by Summit / GE FUF14SVRWW 13.7 cu. Ft. Upright Freezer – White / Danby DUF5012WDD 17.7 Cu Ft. Freezer Frost Free Auto Defrost Reversable Door
It seems like the minimalist/simple living movement is slowly but steadily growing. One of the mainstays of both movements calls for the scaling down of stuff and living more in the moment. With this in mind, moving from a large home to a smaller home or even living life in a mobile home can be a lot easier with a compact freezer to keep your food cold without the huge space or huge carbon footprint. A great way to make technology work for you.
Compact freezer pictured: Haier HCR17W 1.7-Cubic Foot Refrigerator/Freezer, White
Also of interest: Haier HUM013EA 1-2/7-Cubic-Foot Compact Space-Saver Upright Freezer / Sunpentown Energy Star 3.0-Cu-Ft Upright Freezer / Avanti VM302W 2.8 cu ft Vertical Freezer
If you spend a lot of time at the cottage during the summer, there’s no reason you can’t have most of the comforts of home that you might take for granted, especially when it comes to food storage. In this regard, a frost free compact freezer can be a home away from home blessing as it allows you to keep meats and other frozen delicacies from going bad if staying for a longer period than originally anticipated. No more worries about the ice packs thawing out in the cooler. Plus the compact size can fit most anywhere so there’s no worries about your freezer taking up too much space.
Frost free compact freezer:
Frost free compact freezer pictured: ADA Compliant 24-Inch Frost-free Undercounter All-Freezer with Front Lock – White 5.0 cu. by Summit.