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Old 03-06-2017, 04:41 PM
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Default Bad Freezer Surprise...

Bad Freezer Surprise... A bad thing to come home to for sure, but it could have been much worse..

Got home later yesterday afternoon from a week away. Went to the freezer to get a ready to bake meat pie to cook as we unloaded the van.. Freezer was not working..

Tore into it to see what was what. Luckily the timing with our getting home was that we lost very little. The meat pie was a loss as a package of home processed chicken, a bag of beef marrow stew (dog) bones. All this will go to the chicken feed bucket. Also lost a 10 kilo bag of flour that was wet.

We did immediately bake a ham, a whole turkey that were in store sealed shrink wrap, and a big package of home picked blueberries made into a crumble. Meat will be de-boned, packaged and frozen as we have nooks and crannies in the other freezers to store the balance of the good stuff in.

This was an older chest freezer, cheap but useful that we had no idea was in danger of failing. Seems we dodged the bullet mostly on this incident, as we could have lost it all. The freezer will get the cord cut off and moved to the chicken barn to hold bulk feed. I guess prepping includes how to handle personal disaster issues like this as well as SHTF.....

Now to start the hunt for a replacement for this appliance. It will be much needed by the time next berry and garden season rolls around.
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Old 03-06-2017, 06:45 PM
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Glad you caught it in time.
When my freezer quit we didn't know until the smell got bad.
That was an unpleasant job and expensive.

When I was on an aircraft carrier they lost the main freezer.
It had literally tons of food.
They started cooking steaks and you could have all you wanted 24 hours a day till they were gone or spoiled.
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Old 03-08-2017, 08:09 AM
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that stinks! it happened to us a couple of months ago....unfortunately, almost everything was a loss. we are moving soon, it was a sad but good way to clean out the freezer. Sigh.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:23 PM
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I checked the freezer in the cellar a few years back, and found that the girl friend had unplugged it to use a a vacuum cleaner...........but it was winter and the cellar was not much above freezing, most of the stuff was still solid.
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:49 PM
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We lost our oldest freezer in '14, but fortunately caught is early enough we lost very little of the contents.

The very top row of products were thawing so cooked for ourselves or the dogs depending on what the potential hazards were.

The dogs ate a little better than usual for a couple of days. They were happy!

The freezer was a total loss, but it was an O-L-D 15 Cu Ft Chest Freezer, we purchased used from a friend in 1980 for $100. They just don't make appliances like that one any more.
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