I'm not sure if I'm alone in this, but I'm too often guilty of talking about doing something and never actually getting around to doing it. For a few years now we've talked about "buying a side of beef". Well, the time has finally come. Of course I pushed the preparations off until it was almost too late, and one of the things we needed was additional freezer space. Not knowing if this would be a regular thing, I decided to compromise and just by a cheap upright, just an 8.5 cubic foot model.
It's a manual defrost unit, and since there is "cooling" in the 3 main shelves, they are not adjustable. However, time was of the essence, so "get in my van"...
So, I got it wrestled into the house (alone) and headed off to the Butcher to claim my 1/2 Nellie :)
Here it is, T-bones, Prime Rib, Hamburger, Roasts, Stew meat, you name it. It's a little better organized now than in this initial picture, where I just threw it all in there to get it frozen.
I suspect much of this will be migrated to the chest freezer, but overall I'm declaring the experiment in beef acquisition a roaring success...m-o-o-o-o-o !!
Of course, Debbie came home and spied the new supply...immediately she retrieved 2 packages of stew meat and proceeded to produce a splendid Beef Stew...Yes, the taste of "real" local meat is fantastic !!