About a year ago, Mr CD took a dislike to to our old fridge-freezer. He said it was too small and he could never find anything in it. By Irish standards, I thought our fridge was massive, plenty big enough for 3 people. And so I resisted the purchase of a new one, it seemed like consumerism gone mad.
In addition to our family fridge-freezer in the kitchen, Master CD had a little white bar fridge in his granny flat. He always complained that the freezer section of his little fridge never actually froze so he could never keep or chill anything vital in there. Like ice cream. Or beer. Or fish bait. Apparently these are vital things for a twenty-something bloke to keep in a freezer.
Worms and other horrible stuff
Then over the last 18 months, random stuff started appearing with alarming regularity in our kitchen freezer. Horrible stuff, like dead fish bits and worms, seemed to sneak in when I wasn’t looking.
They were always in a grotty plastic bag covered in sand and fish scales, and took up too much space in our small freezer. I can tell you, it’s a disgusting thing to have dead worms in your freezer. My stomach turned every time I opened the door.
The men in this house couldn’t see what all the fuss was about, they figured the freezer was the sensible spot to keep such things. Finally, a few months ago, I got fed up with sand and other nasties getting amongst the frozen food, so I banned the use of the freezer for fishing bait.
How men solve a fishing bait problem
I can only assume this ban prompted a crisis discussion about bait and beer storage. Suddenly, Mr and Master CD had hatched a grand, 3-stage plan as follows:
- The little white bar fridge from Master CD’s room would go into the man shed and would become the new beer fridge. (This seemed like an “A-ha” moment and an crucial element of the whole plan.)
- The big kitchen fridge freezer would be re-homed in Master CD’s granny flat so he had somewhere to stash his dead fish bait and ice-cream.
- We would buy a new, bigger, fancier fridge-freezer with gadget ice maker for the kitchen.
The decision was all done and dusted by the time I had even realised what was going on and Mr and Master CD were very pleased with themselves for such clever strategic thinking.
When this plan was presented to me, I still couldn’t see how it wasn’t just easier to go and get bait on the day you use it. Why does it have to be frozen? Now, I don’t know a lot about fishing so maybe I just don’t get it. To me, we had to go to the expense of a new fridge just so we could store fish bait which would only be used once a month. So, I continued to resist buying a new fridge.
However as the weeks went on, and I was still finding fish bait in the freezer, I decided it would be a relief just to never again come across worms when I was looking for the frozen peas. And so I agreed to a new fridge-freezer.
Now we have a nice, new double-door fridge freezer. Getting it into the house wasn’t exactly a walk in the park.
Only in a beach house can a new fridge be purchased based on the need for better worm storage. This was definitely not a problem I ever came across when living in a city. It seems I still have a lot to learn!
Do you go fishing? Is it a normal to keep worms in your fridge?