This morning my wife made biscuits and sausage gravy . I was out back getting ready to cut the back yard , she asked me to bring in a chub of the Deans because she used the last in the house. I got a OH SHIT moment when I opened the chest. Defrosting every thing was just beginning to thaw. The meat was still frozen but fading fast. The 2 liter ice bottles I use to cool my distiller had saved me from a full thaw. The compressor had locked up tight.
I have 2 freezer's but the second one is small and it was holding corn my wife was going to cut for fried corn, Its her project tomorrow . I got every thing swapped and repacked but if I hadn't gone for that chub of sausage I had no reason to check it before Thursday morning.
While a freezer going out can cost a person a lot of money its not the end of the world .?! But if it is an EMP that caused it ,it could be the beginning of the end of the world . A second freezer would be useless. My choices would be Smoking, Canning or Brining.
I will continue with a freezer but I think I need to diversify some in meat storage.