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Old 09-30-10, 08:21 AM   #1
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Fridge freezers...make me sad

I just realised what a dire state our people's eating habits are after I went to take a look at some fridges. I have an old one that is nearing its end and was a very typical design from about just over 10 years ago. There was a small freezer and a big fridge. Today I saw all except one model were nearly half freezeer and half fridge. Obviously no one cooks or eats fresh anymore and a large freezer for ready meals is more appropriate. Very sad.
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We have a side-by-side, with fridge on right, freezer on left. The freezer is just about the same size as the fridge. We don't have a single ready meal in the freezer though. Just lots of meat, frozen green chile, ice cream, popsicles, etc. American's buy in bulk and you have to have some place to store those 20 pounds of ribeye steaks.
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or conversly, a large freezer for bulk buying - way more cost effective. I have a HUGE freezer and while it has many ready-made meals in it, only a few are of the frozen pizza variety. When I make soup, I make a big pot & freeze 3 meals worth - same for lasagna, sauces & eggplant parma. If one gardens, one freezes produce. And who wants to spend all that time making waffles? I make a big batch and freeze a bunch - they're then toaster-ready. Same with pancakes.
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Not defending big freezers, but frozen fruit and vegetables are healthier than fresh ones too. Apparently it's because they're frozen shortly after picking, thus trapping all the goodness, as opposed to 'fresh' produce which can spend days, weeks or even months being transported to the supermarket.

When I cook, I tend to make large batches and freeze the extra. I often wish our freezer was bigger.
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I think in the past, there was more open country to hide the bodies in. Now with all the urban congestion and suburban sprawl, it is easier and safer just to freeze them.
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Not defending big freezers, but frozen fruit and vegetables are healthier than fresh ones too. Apparently it's because they're frozen shortly after picking, thus trapping all the goodness, as opposed to 'fresh' produce which can spend days, weeks or even months being transported to the supermarket.


The majority (I'd say about 85%) of my produce is local and picked that morning and shipped to my warehouse by 3am. Yay for California!

Apples are picked in fall and put into cold storage, so as to ensure year round supply. During winter if you want traditional summer fruits (peaches, plums, other stone fruit) they are shipped from Chile where it is their summer. That may take up to a week but never a month. Exotics (starfruit, uglifruit, etc) from Asia take about the same. Even in refrigeration they cannot last too long. Bananas from South America are picked bright green and gassed at the warehouse in three stages to ripen. If not gassed, them suckers will last a loooooooooooong time.
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I just realised what a dire state our people's eating habits are after I went to take a look at some fridges. I have an old one that is nearing its end and was a very typical design from about just over 10 years ago. There was a small freezer and a big fridge. Today I saw all except one model were nearly half freezeer and half fridge. Obviously no one cooks or eats fresh anymore and a large freezer for ready meals is more appropriate. Very sad.
You don't think everyone forages in larger increments? Can't keep an elk, even a smoked one, in a regular fridge!
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Somehow I don't think this cycling population is too representative of the population at large. Frozen bulk cooked food or ready meals? I'm a cynic. I don't remember a fridge and freezer being equal almost in every model.

If I were totally cynical I would go along with Jsharr's assesment. Massive increase in serial killings.
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Somehow I don't think this cycling population is too representative of the population at large. Frozen bulk cooked food or ready meals? I'm a cynic. I don't remember a fridge and freezer being equal almost in every model.
We have a deep freezer full of stuff and not a single ready-meal in it.

We also have a side-by-side that I can't stand. I want it to break right now! It would be nice to have the fridge on top and largish freezer on bottom so I don't have to run down to the deep freezer so much.

But side-by-side? I don't understand them. The fridge part is so small and narrow that you can't fit anything in it. So frustrating...!
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uh, huh huh, coasting said ASS! huh, huh!
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Frozen ready meals are complete and utter garbage nutrition wise. Ours is filled with frozen bulk foods. We need a chest freezer someday.
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My parents have a giant freezer as well. But it's because my dad gets large quantities of nice meats and fish and freezes them. The only "frozen meals" are the ones he makes in bulk.
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I need a bigger freezer. This year I made 12 qts of tomato sauce and another 12 qts of stewed tomatos. 3 1 gallon zip-locks of blanched okra. Not to mention the bulk chicken breasts.
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frozen pizza takes up a lot of room if not packed away in an orderly fashion.
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I heard a statistic last night on the radio that $0.90 of every Food Dollar spent in the U.S. is spent on processed foods. The guy stated that processed foods are low in nutrition and high in toxins and that the U.S. is paying for it's own death.

Based on the responses here, it appears that in some circles, freezers are not the instruments of death you might think. So don't be sad.

As with many here, our freezer has no heat-to-eat meals.
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I heard a statistic last night on the radio that $0.90 of every Food Dollar spent in the U.S. is spent on processed foods. The guy stated that processed foods are low in nutrition and high in toxins and that the U.S. is paying for it's own death.

Based on the responses here, it appears that in some circles, freezers are not the instruments of death you might think. So don't be sad.

As with many here, our freezer has no heat-to-eat meals.
yes, this place is like an oasis in the nutritional desert of modern western society.
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I think in the past, there was more open country to hide the bodies in. Now with all the urban congestion and suburban sprawl, it is easier and safer just to freeze them.
This generation is just too lazy to learn how to pickle.
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You guys aren't getting the point. A bigger freezer means less room for beer!
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Not me. I've got half my outdoor storage closet racked full of pickled and canned goods. We spend a few weekends near the end of each majour growing season canning up veggies for the winter.
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... a large freezer for bulk buying - way more cost effective.
that's what i thought. but my wife keeps throwing away my frozen food from costco. saying they have freezer burn or are "not good anymore". I end up not saving much money at all. *sigh*
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I think in the past, there was more open country to hide the bodies in. Now with all the urban congestion and suburban sprawl, it is easier and safer just to freeze them.
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I heard a statistic last night on the radio that $0.90 of every Food Dollar spent in the U.S. is spent on processed foods. The guy stated that processed foods are low in nutrition and high in toxins and that the U.S. is paying for it's own death.

Based on the responses here, it appears that in some circles, freezers are not the instruments of death you might think. So don't be sad.

As with many here, our freezer has no heat-to-eat meals.
Depends on the particular food. It also depends on what you define as a toxin. Even water and oxygen are toxic if you get too much. Some of the chemicals that might be included are also probably present in similar levels in unprocessed foods.

How does he account for home-processed foods? Is the tomato sauce and fruit my mom cans or the fruits I dehydrate considered processed? Granted, it probably genuinely does have less nutritional value than fresh, but it's arguably better than eating a less balanced diet through the winter.
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