Are you ready for my next resolution? In December, I found myself digging in my freezer for this and for that in preparation for Christmas dinner or many teenage late night snacks over the holidays. I was kind of surprised and sometimes grossed out by what I found down in the bottom.
I began to think that I really don't have any system in place to ever purge the freezer out. I usually just go shopping for a two week period. I use most of what I buy with maybe a missed scheduled meal here and there if a friend invited us to dinner or something similar. Less popular items or food which might take more time to prepare gets looked over when it comes time for dinner preparation.
We have a deep freezer in the garage, and it is 3/4 of the way full. What in the world is in the bottom of that thing?
I decided this January, since it was the month of resolutions and potential new beginnings, I thought it would be a great time for me to give my freezer a "new beginning".
These are just a few things we have had this month due to the purge:
These are the dishes I still have planned:
CHOCOLATE CHESS PIE WITH CHOCOLATE PIE CRUST
CARROT NUT BREAD
Here is the best part!
I HAVE SAVED ALMOST OVER $100 ON MY GROCERY BILL THIS MONTH
I am excited mainly, because I can start the year with food which I know is fresh. I am not purging everything. I am mainly focusing on meats and other items I know may have been in the freezer for a long while. I have thrown a few things away which did not look good. Like today, I threw away 2 chicken drumsticks which were so freezer burned from the bottom of the freezer that they were white! Uhm, no thank you! If you are not sure about it, then throw it out. Hugging the porcelain throne is not worth a few bucks!
Be creative! Your family might even ooh and aah like mine did to have shrimp and crab cakes on a Monday night with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. The added bonus of my freezer becoming less and less of a mess is a payoff too! Happy eating!