Posted 12-20-2001 at 11:58:22
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Do you need extra freezer space during the holidays? Big enough for a coupla turkeys or a big roaster or leftovers? Well, if you live where it stays around freezing, why not make one?
Years ago, before electricity, we kept our wrapped meat in a covered vinegar barrel on the north side of the house. Trouble was - you had to dart outside for a package of meat. So this is simpler and handier yet.
You know that handy window where the air-conditioner was last summer? Make a similar-sized plywood box, fit it in there, screw it to the window-frame, fill it with casseroles and slam the door!
We cheated and used a stripped-out old window a/c shell,(with a hinged plywood door) but either way works. If you want a freezer, use a north window and put sheet-foam inside just the door. It will then stay as cold as outdoors.
If you'd rather have a refrigerator, line the whole thing with insulation. It will then stay halfway between outdoor temperature and house temperature.
Your utility bill won't change a bit, and it could save millions in freezer juice if enough people used one. :)