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Challenge: Cook your way through your freezer (part 2)

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10 minutes ago, Okanagancook said:

The other thing I have been doing is not going into the 'meat' section of the grocery store....stuff will always come on sale..no real need to stock at the moment.

 

I find that's key for us as well, and the "stuff will always come on sale" comment is one I need to take more to heart. In our case we add things that we can't get just anywhere, as we pass through an area...but hoarding them is still no good!

 

I went back to the beginning of this topic and noted it's been going for over 2 years now! Those of you losing hope might want to look back at the initial premise: reach in and grab something. Anything. Then cook it. For those whose freezers resemble mine, that might mean making a meal of puff pastry or of frozen mole sauce, but it would be progress.

 

Hmm. How would nachos made with seasoned burger and molé (the sauce, not the animal) come out, do you think? 

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I would think mole nachos would be delicious. Drizzle some crema, queso fresco on top...mmm

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My problem is that pulling something out of the freezer to cook results in putting something back in. Pulled out that big smoked Boston Butt for Christmas dinner, and back into the freezer went three one-pound bags of pulled pork, as well as a quart of Brunswick stew. Pulled out a pork roast, and a quart of beef stew went back in. The last chicken I cooked resulted in six pints of broth back in the freezer. I have half a dozen homemade freezer meals that have been in there entirely too long that just need to be tossed. I guess what I need to do is go through and purge and organize. My freezers are both small chest freezers, about which the best I can say is they aren't as hard to deal with as big chest freezers.

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I solved the "broth taking up too much space in the freezer" problem by concentrating the broth as much as possible, putting the result in ice cube trays and freezing the cubes.

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1 hour ago, kayb said:

My problem is that pulling something out of the freezer to cook results in putting something back in. Pulled out that big smoked Boston Butt for Christmas dinner, and back into the freezer went three one-pound bags of pulled pork, as well as a quart of Brunswick stew. Pulled out a pork roast, and a quart of beef stew went back in. The last chicken I cooked resulted in six pints of broth back in the freezer. I have half a dozen homemade freezer meals that have been in there entirely too long that just need to be tossed. I guess what I need to do is go through and purge and organize. My freezers are both small chest freezers, about which the best I can say is they aren't as hard to deal with as big chest freezers.

If the freezers are organized and inventoried it makes it so much easier...highly recommended to take, what, 1/2 hour to do it?

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My commercial freezer finally died. Well, not completely, it was at a perfect refrigerator temp, but that is of no use to me. The prior (And original) owners of my home installed the freezer in the basement before construction was finished, and it is too large to remove without cutting it in half. So now it sits in my boiler room with the door off  (which is fine because we updated the heat system from a big honking scary boiler to a small high efficiency unit so thare’s a ton of space in there).

 

Here are pictures of my new freezer’s contents:

 

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Not too bad. The top shelf is a vast quantity of soft pretzels that my husband ordered from a local bakery. I need to make more stock. 

 

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Yeah, keeping an inventory has really helped me. I have the list on my iPad, try to update it every week or so, and print out a copy that I hang in the kitchen to refer to when meal planning.
 

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Edited to add: The pork butt roast is out and thawing. Going into the instant pot later for carnitas tonight!

Corn tortilla tacos with crispy carnitas, onion, cilantro and salsa verde!


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My freezer is about full:  quarter-beer; side of pig; side of lamb.  A small amount of flotsam and jetsam, including service meats; marrow bones; about one and a half chickens worth of parts; and several vegetables that I don't like that much.  

 

When I went to defrost it to get it ready for this meat to come in, I discovered that I am in possession of ten smoked hamhocks.  I have no idea how that happened.  

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11 hours ago, SLB said:

My freezer is about full:  quarter-beer; side of pig; side of lamb.  A small amount of flotsam and jetsam, including service meats; marrow bones; about one and a half chickens worth of parts; and several vegetables that I don't like that much.  

 

When I went to defrost it to get it ready for this meat to come in, I discovered that I am in possession of ten smoked hamhocks.  I have no idea how that happened.  

 

I wish my refrigerator were quarter-beer.

 

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Clearly, I was wishing that, too!  

 

In seriousness, I remember when there was room for the gin and vodka in the freezer . . . 


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59 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

I cleaned out my freezer.  I didn't cook anything but I threw a lot away.

 

Me too!

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I went looking for some sliced beef in the big garage freezer.  Found quite a few items that needed to be tossed.  
Made a small dent.  The freezer side of my kitchen fridge is stuffed to the point of frustration.

I need some Italian sausage that’s in there; sure hope I can find it,

‘It’s not unusual for me to give up looking and then buying more.  Then it turns up.

 

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49 minutes ago, lindag said:

 

 

49 minutes ago, lindag said:

I need some Italian sausage that’s in there; sure hope I can find it,

‘It’s not unusual for me to give up looking and then buying more.  Then it turns up.

 

 

I thought I was the only one who did that.

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1 hour ago, ElsieD said:

 

 

I thought I was the only one who did that.

 

Nope. A kindred spirit here!

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12 hours ago, ElsieD said:

 

 

I thought I was the only one who did that.

No, I think it's a pretty universal last-resort method to find what you're looking for.

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