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What's in your freezer

I am not much of a freezer person, but I want to be. I have a few items, like some Trader Joes, raviolis, and bags of half used frozen veggies. I do use items out of the freezer, but I could use the freezer alot more than I do. I cook fresh and shop regularly for food. I know about freezing soups and such. But I think my problem is planning and really knowing how to freeze food properly and using it more than I do. I am tired of looking into this abyss. Looking for some advice.

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  1. There's lots of meat (we buy through the internet, direct with the farm for most of our meat). And fish, of course. And frozen veg. And leftovers. And bread that my partner's made that isnt going to be immediately eaten.

    1. I use the freezer for things that are on sale at a deep discount. Mostly meat. Or whatever you like to serve, just watch the weekly flyers. You will cut your food bills by at least half, if you are not doing this yet.

      If I know I won't use it for several months, I seal it with a Food Saver. But most stuff, if it's not already cryovaced, I wrap in Saran and then heavy duty foil, and label with a magic marker. When you take it out, you can reuse the foil since it didn't touch anything. Otherwise Ziplock for things that don't get freezer burn easily. Oh and once you get going, don't forget to keep an inventory list so things don't get forgotten.

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      1. re: coll

        Same here, sale items mostly meat with a dry erase board listing contents of the freezer.

        1. re: coll

          I use the freezer for things that are on sale at a deep discount. Mostly meat

          Same here as well. After cooking the meat.....the leftovers get made into homemade TV dinners of sorts and soups.....the latter which is made and half is frozen as well.

          1. re: fourunder

            While I would love to have the TV dinner like trays waiting for me to take to work, but they take up sooo much space! (I only have 7 cu ft chest freezer).

            Then again with a man in the house, leftovers don't last that long.

        2. Since it's just DH and I, and we don't eat dinner during the week most of the time, I don't keep a lot of frozen un-cooked meat. However, during the summer, we will buy one of those 3 lb value packs of boneless chicken breasts and grill them. I wrap them in bundles of 2 and that way we can make a quick salad by defrosting them and slicing them up to put over greens. I can also used the cooked chicken (chopped up) to make a quick chili.

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          1. re: BeeZee

            Oh I forgot, yeah leftovers are the best thing to save. Repurpose them, make chili or soup or whatever when you have time. Or preplated homemade TV dinners, for when you don't feel like cooking. I used to throw so much food away.

          2. Funny thing is I'm in the process of a freezer clean up and was so surprised at all the things I have been hoarding and summarily forgot about.
            4 bags of Chicharron from Sabu.
            2 lbs of ground pork.
            2 lbs of Portuguese butter.
            1 box of Deep potato and pea samosas.
            Ikea meatballs and crapes.
            Several logs of compound butters.
            Several containers of home made meat sauce and Pesto.
            Young Coconut pulp.
            1 bottle of Stoli encased in ice.
            3 lbs of Boudin Noir smuggled in from Montreal.
            Ziplock bags of chicken bones,mushroom and leek ends for stock.
            Small bottle of Civet coffee beans which I don't have the heart to drink.

            Not exactly the makings for a decent freezer party but I venture stranger things have been discovered in household freezers.

            1. i have very few items in my freezer:

              1 bag of frozen green beans
              1/2 loaf of bread
              english muffins
              4 fat-free vanilla yogurts (my "ice cream" snack)
              over-ripe bananas

              1. I'm pretty bad at using my freezer, and I end up throwing a lot of stuff out.

                So, right now, I have very few things in my freezer:
                Beer Mugs
                2 Hamburger Patties
                1 Sausage
                1 Package of Banana Leaves

                1. Too much stuff that will end up in the garbage, sadly. Like coll and Crockett67, I now keep a list. But there is just NOT a good reason for some of the stuff in there. Store bought frozen lasagna: what was I thinking? Bad leftovers: why bother? Gotta go do a freezer clean now... ;->

                  1. A pack of Eggo Waffles, two ice cube trays, frozen Italian fennel (sweet) sausage, snickers bars. Our freezer is tiny.

                    1. Meat.
                      Whole grains.
                      Whole grain flours.
                      Homemade chicken and beef stocks.
                      Home-baked goods.
                      Nuts and seeds.
                      Cooked dried beans.

                      1. 1) Homemade chili frozen in pints for individual use. 2) Cuban-style black beans to be eaten over rice, also in pints. 3) Cooked bacon---I do a whole pound on a big pan in the oven, freeze most of it, then zap what I want to use. 4) Loaves of bread and packages of rolls as I can't use them up fast enough when they're fresh so I freeze them. 5) Brownies, scones, coffee cake etc in individual portions. 6) A half-gallon of ice cream and a box of Dove Mini-Bars. 7) Four cans of guava nectar concentrate from a big Hispanic market I don't get to very often so I stock up. 8) A frozen Indian dinner I'm saving to go with a new Indian movie I ordered, when it gets here. 9) Some Trader Joe's stuff---Apple Blossoms, Mochi ice cream balls, red raspberries for cereal when I don't have anything fresh on hand. 10) Sage and onion dressing in 8-oz margarine tubs, to go with chicken or pork chops. 11) A lot of cranberry sauce and cranberry-orange relish made during the holiday season when cranberries were plentiful, waiting for hot summer weather to go with cold chicken. 12) A couple of pork chops, a couple of chicken breasts, some ground lamb made into patties with garlic, some IQF shrimp to add to a salad, one cube steak. 13) The last of my BBQ beef. 14) The last of my chicken and noodles. 15) Some strawberries that were getting a bit past it so I mashed them with sugar and frozen them for future use.