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Stocking the Freezer

MIss G Aug 22, 2008 07:25 PM

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.

  1. Emme Aug 23, 2008 10:10 PM

    mine's filled with simple stapes...
    chopped garlic
    chopped basil
    broccoli florets
    green beans
    mixed seafood - scallops, shrimp, and calamari blend from TJ's
    frozen blackberries and blueberries

    1. h
      hilltowner Aug 23, 2008 09:17 PM

      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 greens
      shredded zucchini
      pattypan squash
      beet green streudel
      filo dough
      pizza dough

      The other freezer contains:
      pork butt
      hot italian sausage
      chicken breast
      chicken thighs
      2 whole chickens
      chicken drumsticks
      chicken stock
      ground beef
      all meat is local

      1. ArikaDawn Aug 23, 2008 10:22 AM

        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.

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        1. re: ArikaDawn
          almccasland Aug 23, 2008 05:32 PM

          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.

        2. e
          eatmyfood Aug 23, 2008 05:33 AM

          My freezer contents vary as we eat what I've made and frozen. some typical items include:

          pulled pork
          chicken stock
          chicken verde
          homemade ice cream
          4 pounds of ground turkey
          2 -4 pounds of chicken breasts
          2 pounds italian sausage
          pounds and pounds of nuts


          1. mcel215 Aug 23, 2008 04:11 AM

            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.
            Filet mignon
            pork tenderloin
            spaghetti sauce
            chicken stock
            pizza dough
            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

            1. Firegoat Aug 23, 2008 03:55 AM

              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. :(

              1. t
                tmso Aug 23, 2008 03:28 AM

                What's in mine:

                Basic tomato sauce
                tuscan tomato sauce
                sauce espagnole
                duck ragù
                three-meat ragù
                veal stock
                chicken stock
                pork stock
                light fish stock
                dark fish stock
                cooked ceci
                cooked giant white beans
                several different soups and minestre
                ready-to-bake pasta dishes of various types (lasagne, cannelloni, crespelle)
                pastry shells
                some frozen stone fruits for cooking with later in the year

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                1. re: tmso
                  Cowprintrabbit Aug 23, 2008 04:14 AM

                  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.

                  1. re: Cowprintrabbit
                    tmso Aug 23, 2008 05:18 AM

                    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.

                    1. re: tmso
                      Cowprintrabbit Aug 23, 2008 11:28 AM

                      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!

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