We have had several fridges over our married life and through raising the boys. We had a lovely freezer at the bottom, European Style but it only lasted 6 years. We had a nice traditional style that lasted 7 years. Our most recent fridge was a small side by side that we absolutely hated. We stuffed that thing so full and couldn't find anything.
Every timed my husband or I opened the fridge we would curse under our breath. We were like old Yiddisha yentas spitting and saying"I hate this fridge". We had only had it for about one year. Seriously, we were a year in and all the drawers were broken. The plastic cracked and the drawers just didn't fit in anymore, they hung at weird angles and scraped open and close. The fridges thin and deep shelves fostered a frenzy of crap all stuffed in leaving absolutely no viability at all.
I had been looking on facebook marketplace just sort of weighing it's capacity. You see, I do on-line marketing, so I sort of study these things. I was searching for fridges for obvious reasons. Not really certain I was about to spend any money on it. Yet I searched anyway.
Then one day it showed up. It was a Danby Commercial All Fridge. It was all fridge and nothing but the fridge. It was all fridge, all day long. It was 33 wide and 67 high. It weighted in at about 187 pounds. It had 17.7 cubic feet of fridge space. I just watched it and thought how this would solve our problem and be so great. We were not really ready to give up the old fridge as we did need a freezer upstairs and had actually finally hooked up the ice maker. So we would have to add this to our already crowded kitchen.
For someone that used their kitchen as much as I did, I had a very small kitchen. I made the best of the space I had so the thought of adding a second fridge was a big deal. Yet we dove in. We talked it over and then made arrangements to see it. We marveled at it's size and through of never having to say we hated our fridge again. We decided to go for it.
They delivered it the next day and we got some friends to help us get it into the house. I scrubbed the hell out of it. It was supposedly cleaned but all I have to say is...vomit. There is something about other peoples dirt or 'schmutch' that makes me want to toss my cookies. After it was cleaned we just stared at it in awe.
My older son, Jordan, who is a vegan, claimed the old fridge as the land of no meat or milk. The old fridge would become the land of parve, vegan tofu, tempe and almond products. I was thrilled that I could help him satisfy his food preferences and not have to deal with disgust or temptation.
We started packing things in the fridge. My younger son, Joel, helped me with this task, really getting into organizing everything on the door. We manged to move over just about everything from the old fridge, albeit for the vegan delights. The fridge still looked roomy, beautiful frankly, just lovely. You could find anything you needed and lacked for no space.
There was plenty of space to fill, so I went grocery shopping. I got lots of good food and still there was space. Next I went to the farmers market and got food for processing and making a fermentation. The recipe included beets, turnips, daikon radishes and a head of cabbage. It would make enough to fill two half gallon jars when done. I also got a rather large head of Endive for making a lovely soup. I even picked up 6 dozen eggs as they were on sale.
The all fridge took all that food in and still looks fantastic. It was room and clean and functional. The door held all the sauces and inside there is space for everything. I felt so spoiled, absolutely spoiled.
So in review, I must say that an all fridge is a beautiful thing and that it is something that anyone who is a serious cook, caner and fermented should consider. If you use your kitchen as I do, I highly recommend the all fridge for your sanity and for your happiness.