Chest Freezers(13 Posts)
I am trying to get more sensible when it comes to cooking batches of food and freezing it for later. I have got into the habit of just buying something on the way home from work and making it when I get in - but I find I am spending more money and not really eating as well as we should do.
I want to make batches of soups, chilli, bolognese etc. and just shove them in the freezer for later.
Now to my question, I have been looking at a few out there, the usual sites like AO but I also found a brand that I have not heard of on Amazon called "Capital" - I had a look elsewhere and can only find them on Amazon or on a couple of other websites - www.capitalcooling.com and www.chestfreezersdirect.co.uk. They do a huge one, bigger than I can find anywhere else, and they look really good - just don't know about the brand!
Reviews on Amazon are decent from what I can see, was just wondering if anyone else here has heard of them or used them?
(PS. First post so please be gentle )
Also, whats great to cook and keep frozen! I need some ideas!
Haha, it should be relatively gentle in this section - it's AIBU where the fun is ;)
Onto your question, never heard of them, but if reviews on Amazon are good, that would inspire confidence in me if I were looking to buy.
Also, you may well find that it is manufactured by one of the "bigger" makes and just branded Capital - theres not many (probably fewer than 10) white good manufacturers now, just branded depending on what section of the market the product is aimed at.
Eg - Whirlpool now own and make, Whirlpool (of course) and Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda.
Same with Electrolux - they make AEG and Zanussi as well.
And all the others are the same.
So these days, there really isn't much in a brand, it's just a name badge.
I reckon you want to keep a body in it.
It's cool. No judgement from me.
I've had a fridgemaster and i am really delighted with it. It holds a fair amount of food and it's compact and nice and quiet.
Check if the amazon reviews are verified purchase reviews. Be careful with unknown brands in terms of fire safety etc and check what type of guarantee comes with it. Personally (don't know why, probs totally unreasonable) I would be too nervous to buy big electrical goods from amazon incase it wasn't legit with wiring etc but then I am a wimp I am sure others do
Pinterest is your friend for frozen meals. Probably better with Google for hiding the bodies info.
Thanks for the responses, I have decided to give it a try - going to buy through Amazon though as I feel better dealing with them.
I will let you know how I get on!
As for pintrest, I am only just getting started with these forum type things, I will add pintrest to my list for the future - thanks!
I haven' heard of Capital as a brand. I recently bought this chest freezer www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00LMERJDY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 it is very spacious and uses less electricity. My main reason for buying it that we had a huge crop of apples this year, and I have pre-blanched as many apples as possible to keep in freezer bags. And also buying our fave Haagen Dazs whenever it's on offer. haven't used it for any batch cooked meals yet. I also freeze all the berries from the garden, like currants and blackberries for cooking pies and crumbles through the winter.
where are you keeping the freezer?? Choice can be limited if you are keeping it in a garage/outhouse, so do be careful if it is not going in the house.
chili, bolognese, casseroles, burgers, homemade kievs, things like hunters chicken are easily prepared en masse, and then frozen individually
also have a look at the whole preparing and bagging whole slowcooker meals...get everything ready and into a freezer bag, then you lift it out to defrost and hurl it into the slowcooker with gay abandon! ....Pinterest is chock full of recipes for this sort of thing.
and you can peruse the reduced counters and be ready for all the marked down bargains.
Buy a sharpie and loads od boxed/foil containers and always always label stuff.it all looks the same when frozen and you never remember.
I second what a previous poster has said about where the freezer is going. I've got a Beko one which happily lives in the garage, but you need to make sure that the one you buy is OK to be kept in lower temperatures (i.e. garage or outbuilding).
The Capital brand appears to be for commercial freezers, according to your links. I'm not sure whether that has any bearing on being covered by contents insurance etc. should it break down (I generally get an extended warranty on large applicanes, although I think my home insurance covers the contents in the event of a breakdown).
Well, as I said I went ahead and bought the Capital one through Amazon, it was delivered within 3 days and the guys were great - they put it in my garage and took away all the packaging. I asked them about the company and they said that they are really a commercial company and supply stuff like the big open front fridges in supermarkets that you would buy your milk from - they just so happen to make chest freezers too to restaurants and things and started to sell them to the general public.
So far so good, it is absolutely huge and looks well built! The only down side is that I am going to have to do some serious cooking to fill it up (although I did get loads of discounted stuff from M&S last night)! Off to Pinterest I go
I would have chosen an grapefrost.com/integrated-freezers/ if I were you. Convenient to use. I think frozen batches of soups can store for a long time.
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