Stocking the Freezer
The thread on what everybody cans and preserves has been great! It also got me thinking, who stocks their freeze with goodies and what? I keep several pans of stuffed shells (since it's inhaled by my family ) and fruit pie filling.
What's in mine:
Basic tomato sauce
tuscan tomato sauce
light fish stock
dark fish stock
cooked giant white beans
several different soups and minestre
ready-to-bake pasta dishes of various types (lasagne, cannelloni, crespelle)
some frozen stone fruits for cooking with later in the year
you must have a chest freezer - sniff... Had to leave mine with my house when I rented it out to move overseas. I can't figure out how I ever lived with just a fridge top one!
Currently I have a bunch of store bought stuff in case I run out of food over the weekend or on a holiday. I used to "put up" chili, spaghetti sauce, mini meatloaves, berry sauce for ice cream, and I forget what else; plus Costco packs of meat divided into 2-person portions.
Oh yes, I love my chest freezer. After getting one I couldn't believe I'd lived without for so long. You can go crazy on a Sunday and spend all day cooking up a batch of sauce espagnole, a bunch of crespelle, or whatever, portion it up, freeze it -- and after doing this for a while, lunches and dinners are dead simple!
I have to say, though, moving was hard. Not the move as much as the lead-up to it ... using up the contents, and trying to exercise enough self-discipline to not cook up replacements on the week-ends. Months later, I'm still building up a new stock. Fun, fun work.
we called it freezer roulette - one of us had to reach in with our eyes closed and pull something out for dinner; then choose sides either also from the freezer, or from the pantry...
I ended up giving away 3 roasts and some appetizers when we finally moved, everything else got eaten. There were some strange mismatches at the end, though!
I have Ice!
And Freezer pops!
and my cheese making chemicals
that's about it now..... had a deep freezer break on me... didn't find out in time to save anything.... lost a lot of meat. :(
I live alone, so I want things easily accessable for single portions.
I have flash frozen tilapia filets, individually wrapped (Costco)
Same with Kirkland Salmon filets
And the same with Perdue Chicken breasts
I buy large quanity bags of Three cheese ravioli (Kirkland), and seperate into ziplock serving sized bags.
I buy a lb of good ground beef, and seperate into four 1/4lb patties, freeze in one large ziplock bag, leaving space in between the patties, for easy access to one at a time.
bread (from great sales)
sausage and pigs feet for making spaghetti sauce
meatballs, cooked and frozen, 12 to a bag
Gold Star pre cooked Jumbo Shrimp (flash frozen)
Kirkland flash frozen scallops
My freezer contents vary as we eat what I've made and frozen. some typical items include:
homemade ice cream
4 pounds of ground turkey
2 -4 pounds of chicken breasts
2 pounds italian sausage
pounds and pounds of nuts
The contents of mine vary quite a bit. About once a month I'll cook a lot and freeze so my husband has things to take to work for lunch. Currently there is veggie lasagna in individual portions, chicken quesadillas, and fajita burittos. We also have about 3 dinners worth of homemade meatballs, three 1/4 loaves of olive cheese bread(my husband and myself only eat 1/4 loaf at a time), boneless skinless chicken breasts, frozen pineapple, mangoes, peaches, strawberries, blueberries(smoothies), homemade frozen yogurt, Blue Bell Rocky Road(husbands fave), frozen peas(great for quick curries), and frozen corn.
You all have a great stash! Mine is full of various nuts (pecans from my grandparent's tree, macadamias, walnuts, pistachios, cashews), various types of chocolate chips (white, semi-sweet, peanutbutter, butterscotch, etc.) for those cookie emergencies, homemade whole-wheat sourdough bread dough, various cuts of buffalo and venison, and a couple of bottles of nice vodka.
I have two freezers - one in the fridge unit, and a stand alone 3 cubic foot capacity. I live alone and try to put up as much summer bounty from my garden and CSA as possible. However, it's been pretty cool this summer in New England, so there is none of the good stuff - yet.
One freezer contains:
lots of green beans
lots of sweet corn
beet green streudel
The other freezer contains:
hot italian sausage
2 whole chickens
all meat is local
mine's filled with simple stapes...
mixed seafood - scallops, shrimp, and calamari blend from TJ's
frozen blackberries and blueberries