Today because we didn’t go skiing and because I feel like I should be doing something worthy, like organizing things, I inventoried our freezers. I think having a large freezer, or “deep freeze” as my Great Grandmother called it, is one of the best investments you can make, if you have the room. It allows you to buy in bulk when possible (BOGO deals on bread, clearance meats, BOGO deals on frozen veggies and fruits…) and it give you a place to store fresh garden produce if you have a garden during the summer moths.
However, if you aren’t careful, the deep freeze can become a place of mysteries and lumps of ice crystals wrapped around what once was leftover corn bread. I feel pretty good about our inventory at the moment. We’ve got more veggies than meats, lots of bits to get creative with, and even some garden produce still waiting to be used up.
Freezer Inventory January, 2015 – inside/outside indicates which freezer it’s in. Our deep freeze lives in our carport storage shed.
- chicken tenders (to be used this week for chicken pie)
- 3 salmon fillets (1 inside 2 outside freezer)
- ½ gorton’s fillets bag (inside) – these are great for what we call “ghetto fish tacos.”
- ¼ kielbasa (inside) (plus 1 in fridge) – we’re having crock pot red beans and rice this week so most of this will get used
- 1lb ground turkey (outside)
- 3 quart bags of ham (outside) – from Christmas
- 1 package of pollock (outside)
- 1 ½ bags of chopped frozen spinach (½ inside, 1 outside)
- 1 bag of chopped collards (outside) – these were BOGO for New Years.
- 3 ½ bags of frozen peaches (½ inside, 3 outside) – all purchased locally back in the summer
- 3 ½ bags of butternut squash (3 outside, ½ inside) – all grown from our garden this year
- 1 bag Olathe corn (outside) – purchased locally this summer. Olathe is about 40 minutes away and is home to deliciously sweet corn.
- ½ bag frozen store corn (inside)
- ½ bag frozen store peas (inside)
- 3 bags shredded zucchini (outside) – from local gardens of friends
- 1 bag plums (outside) – locally sourced this summer
- 8 bags of roasted red tomatoes (outside) – all from our own garden. We haven’t purchased pizza or spaghetti sauce in ages.
- 1 bag roasted green tomatoes (outside) – from tomatoes that didn’t have time to ripen before winter arrived
- green chiles (outside) – Hatch green chiles! Yay!
- small portion frozen kale (inside) – from a friend’s garden
- celery leaves pureed (inside) – from a friend’s garden
- dried zucchini (inside) – from a friend’s garden
- 1 pie crust (inside – to be used for pumpkin pie for soup night)
- 1 frozen Asian meal (inside) – it was a free Safeway purchase
- 6 pieces pound cake (inside)
- 4 hot dog buns (inside)
- 3 peach freezer jams (outside)
- 1 loaf of bread (outside)
- 1 package Starbucks coffee (outside)
- 1/4 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (because you never use a whole can for a recipe…)
- 1/4 bag of roasted tomatillos from a friend’s garden
So there you have it. The contents of our freezers. I plan to inventory it each month to make sure I’m still continuing to use what’s in it. What’s in your freezer?