If you’ve done any shopping at the supermarket lately you’ve probably seen some empty shelves due to the Omicron variant, supply chain issues, and labor shortages. Grocers have struggled to get their hands on certain items such as meat, eggs, and liquor due to challenges up the various food supply chain network. In addition, more workers are calling in sick, and outbreaks among grocery employees are all part of the congestion in the food supply chain. As a result, businesses have had to pivot and been forced to seek out different brands or leave shelves empty.
While some items are harder to find in 2022, many also cost more due to rising inflation. According to the Labor Department, the consumer price index jumped 7% last year, the fastest pace since 1982. That’s up from 6.8% annually in November, a nearly four-decade high. As a result, staples such as food, rent, and cars have seen recording-setting price increases.
If you’re looking for ways to save money on rising food prices, a freezer can be a budget shopper’s best friend.
How Freezers Can Save You Money
A 94% percent surge in frozen foods came in mid-March 2020 for obvious pandemic-related reasons: convenience, shelf life, single-serving options, and ease in preparation. With consumers cooking more meals than ever at home, people have discovered the plethora of benefits of stocking their freezers with frozen products that last longer, provides healthier options, and reduces food waste. A recent study from Deloitte points to perishability, price, and preference as the three factors influencing consumers’ growing desire for frozen foods. However, consumers’ behaviors, preferences and the larger economic context have shifted. According to Deloitte’s Fresh vs. Frozen study, consumers’ preference is to stock up on frozen goods and make fewer shopping trips, resulting in less food spoilage and waste. The study found that 3/4 of consumers said storing frozen food is convenient, with 30% of consumers expanding their freezer capacity.
According to the study, in a period of record inflation, buying frozen food is an excellent alternative to fresh products for individuals, couples, or families, as fresh food can be significantly more expensive at baseline than its frozen equivalent. Today’s frozen food is of better quality, with more variety and premium options. Preparing frozen meals is easier than preparing fresh food, especially with a Danby Microwave or Toaster Oven with Air Fry. Learn more about cooking frozen meals in an Air Fry appliance in our blog Air Fry Recipes, Tips, and Tricks!
A Freezer for Everybody
With current supply chain disruptions, it can be hard to find food in the supermarket, or at least at the right price. So instead, buy in bulk and freeze additional frozen food in your primary or secondary freezer. Freezing is a great economical way to extend your food supply and avoid food waste. Learn Why You Need Two Freezers in our blog.
Danby makes 31 different types of upright and chest freezers ranging from 3.5 cubic feet to as large as 21 cubic feet, offering a model for every lifestyle. Add storage space for bulk frozen household items with Danby’s highly rated 3.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer available in black or white. Danby’s 3.8 cu. ft. Chest Freezer is ideal for small spaces such as condos and apartments. This model was voted the runner-up in The 7 Best Chest Freezers to Store Extra Frozen Food, According to Thousands of Reviews by Food & Wine. In addition, the reviews raved about how quickly it cools down, its nearly silent operation, and Danby’s industry-leading five-year warranty.
If you need more storage space, stock up on your family’s frozen favorites with a Danby Designer 8.5 cu. ft. Upright Freezer available in stainless steel or graphite. This model is ideal for a basement, kitchen, or garage. In addition, this unit features an abundance of space for food organization with four storage shelves and three-door shelves for smaller items. This model is garage ready and can perform in temperatures from 0°F to 110°F (-17°C to 43°C).