Historically, we have been a two-freezer family.
Mrs ERJ favors upright freezers for ease of seeing what is in stock and what needs to be replenished. Consequently, that is what we have, upright freezers. Happy wife and all that.
One of the freezers stopped working. The fix-it guys came out for $95 and told me that it was not economical to fix. That is, over $900 to fix an $800 freezer.
I asked "Why is it so expensive?"
The old guy sighed and said "We have to recover the refrigerant."
"But, but, but...there is a leak in the evaporator. The reason it isn't working is because there is no refrigerant in the system" I said.
"I don't make the rules" the old guy said. "But I still gotta follow them."
Mrs ERJ likes frozen sweet corn. When I planted the garden I planted a boat-load of sweet corn. And honeydew melon. My thinking was that we could freeze both and that most people will accept gifts of melons and/or sweet corn.
I am not sure there is much room for either in the one freezer we have.
The entire idea behind our freezer is to maximize the value of the food we keep on-hand and to minimize the number of trips to the store. The minimizing of trips is why you seed bread in the freezer. It is low-value/cubic-inch but it is something we use steadily.
The riced cauliflower (Yech!) is Belladonna's.
It is a false economy to stuff so much food in a freezer that it goes years before being tossed out.
So, today's great adventure is going to be an effort to pressure can chicken in pint jars.
That entire concept of maximizing value is complicated by the fact that some high-value foods can be stored in other ways and some cannot. Frozen blueberries (current retail price $3.30/lb), for instance, are best kept frozen. Meat, on the other hand, can be pressure canned.
Boneless chicken breasts are on-sale for $1.77 a pound or about half the price of pre-frozen. One of the things this Covid event is teaching us is that what is available and inexpensive today might not be available at any cost tomorrow. New, upright freezers for example.
My new pressure canner claims to hold up to twenty pints per batch.