This is newest addition to our household! YAYAYAYAYAY! There it sits in our utility room, just barely squeezed in between the wall and a shelf of paint and bins and random utility room stuff. Hurrah!
We have almost always had a second refrigerator. I grew up that way too because my parents had one too. I suppose to me it's just a normal ordinary regular sort of thing to have. But we didn't have one here in Florida. Until now. And thank goodness!
It's not that it is an absolute necessity I suppose. But it surely is nice to have. For overages or for big things or when something awesome is on sale but there isn't room in the regular freezer, or when you are expecting company and want to have cold drinks to offer, or, or, or...well there are a zillion or so reasons why it's nice to have.
In Colorado it felt more of a necessity than an indulgence. And that was because of our house fridge. It was a side by side refrigerator/freezer. We were told that it was the latest and the greatest and apparently what our upgraded appliance level provided when we built that house. The fridge was stainless. It had the water in the door thing. Made copious amounts of ice. And I hated it.
It was the side by side-edness of it that I loathed. On the fridge side, there wasn't even room for a pizza box for heaven's sakes! What is the point of a refrigerator that isn't wide enough for a pizza box? Well unless you tipped it diagonally and then, well, bad things happen to diagonally tipped pizza. It also wasn't wide enough for a roasting pan. And upon occasion I needed to thaw something large - say a turkey or a large roast. And my large roasting pan was the perfect vehicle to hold such a thing while it thawed. Except that, it didn't fit in the fridge. Bad Fridge. Very Bad Fridge.
And then the freezer side was even narrower which meant that if I bought a whole chicken for future use, it filled one entire shelf. Only tiny little things could be poked in around it. The thing with frozen food is that most of it isn't square or rectangular. (Unless it comes in a box and not much food at our house comes in a box - with the obvious exception of take out pizza). If a person with great spatial understanding opened the door to an freezer compartment of a side-by-side fridge/freezer, I am sure that in their head they are playing a terrific game of tetris and fitting in all sorts of things. But none of those things are the sorts of things I buy. It was frustrating. But the second fridge /freezer that lived in the garage helped alleviate the space issues.
So obviously when we moved here and reno-ed the kitchen and therefore had to select a new kitchen fridge/freezer, I absolutely veto-ed a side-by side model. Nopenopenope. Instead I chose a double door fridge with a deep freezer drawer pull out on the bottom. And it is for the most part great. There are two deep bins on the bottom and a pull out freezer drawer above. It's good! But once again, if I buy something large and bulky for future use, while it does fit, it doesn't leave much room for anything else.
There is the added issue of the type of kitchen we have. It's a galley kitchen. That's just how this house was made. When we reno'd, my plan was to make the corridor part as wide as possible. Note here, refrigerators are deep. There is just no getting around that. It was going to poke out into the corridor of the galley no matter what. But in explaining my dilemma to the appliance sales guy, he mentioned to me two words that I had never heard before but became music to my ears..."counter depth". Yes! There was a type of fridge that was only a teensy bit past the actual depth of the countertop! SOLD!
It works great. I love it. But that does mean that there is, once again, a little less room than would be ideal. Actually "ideal" would be separate walk in fridge and freezers. Yeah. Heaven in a kitchen appliance. But I digress. In this REAL world, If I put milk, plus a pitcher of iced tea, and a carton of Orange Juice on the bottom shelf, it's already pretty full. If only we had a place for overflow!
So Tim went online and ordered one for us. Hurrahhurrah! The day it was supposed to be delivered (somewhere between 8 am and 8 pm by the way) he got another call informing us that it was on backorder and would be available until sometime in July. What? You just now figured that out? Dang.
So off we went to Lowe's. We prowled around debating. My feeling was that this fridge will be in the utility room. I do not care what colour it is. I do not care if it has a few scratches. I do not need the water dispenser. I just need it to keep stuff cold. So I looked at that sort of thing. Tim was focused more on it's size both exterior and interior because he is smart that way.
A salesguy offered to help us and was so nice that when we explained what we were looking for he jumped on his computer and found us a terrific dealio! Hurrah! We didn't even give it a second thought. Done. We were told it would delivered the next day. Even better!
So we went home and rearranged things and got ready. Bright and early the next day we were all set up. The truck arrived right on time but when the delivery guy went into the back to bring out the fridge, he called Tim up to parlay. Hmmmm. Turned out the appliance was damaged. As I said before, I don't mind a few scratches and even a ding here or there but this was more of a cave-in. Sorry. No. The delivery guy understood. It was returned and we arranged for yet another one to be delivered.
It finally arrived yesterday. Big excitement! It even fits perfectly in the spot we set up for it. YAYAYAYAYAY!
It colded up pretty quickly so we loaded it a case of water in right away. I went to the grocery store a bit later and added two loaves of bread. Moving foward, as we shop we can now take advantage of the great sales and buy one, get ones and in no time at all it will be fully utilized.
Love having a second fridge. Yes I know we are so very spoiled. But in this particular case, I don't even feel guilty about it. We will absolutely get our money's worth out of this indulgence.
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.