As a child, I often stood in awe of the large chest freezer my mom kept in our laundry room. It seemed enormous. What exactly did she have in there? I never quite understood her love for that freezer. Later, as a young 20-something getting ready to buy my first house, a chest freezer didn't make the list of necessary appliances that I budgeted for.

Strangely, though, the first time I toured the little ranch house with a "For Sale" sign in the front yard, the one that would be my home for the next decade, I was surprised to see that the owners also had a large chest freezer. Incredibly, it was located in one of the bedrooms! What did all of these freezer-keepers know that I didn't?