Emptying My Freezer: Week 4

It’s the final week of the Freezer and Pantry Challenge hosted by Keeper of the Home.  You can go back and read about the previous weeks: Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3.

The time on this challenge actually flew by pretty quickly.  It was a big help in reminding me to use up what we already have and kept me from buying more meat from vendors I came into contact with.  That’s always a weakness for me when I’m at the local farmer’s market or farm stand! [Read more…]

Emptying My Freezer: Week 3

We’re now into the third week of Keeper of the Home’s Eating from the Freezer and Pantry Challenge.  You can go back and read my plans for Week 1 and Week 2 . [Read more…]

Emptying My Freezer: Week 1

While I was in the middle of writing my recent series on freezers, I saw that Keeper of the Home was starting an eating from the freezer and pantry challenge.  What great timing!  I’ve been realizing how full my freezer is and that I should really concentrate on finishing up what we’ve got, especially as I begin to consider what bulk purchases I’ll be making for this coming fall.

So I’ve decided to join in for the next four weeks and make it my goal to create my meals out of the items in our freezer and pantry.  My focus will be especially on the freezer.  I don’t have an actual pantry and so have designated just one cupboard and the top of the refrigerator as my “pantry.”  That helps on keeping food from building up in there too much! [Read more…]

An Ode to My Freezer

This is the final part of my 3-part series on freezers. Be sure to go back and read both the first part and the second part.

Okay, so this final part of my freezer series is taking a turn for the weird but, hopefully, amusing. Yes, I wrote an ode about my freezer. I even looked up the form and decided to go with the ten-line, ABABCDECDE format. I do think my iambic verse needs some work, but I hope you will enjoy it anyway!

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Keeping Track of the Depths of Your Freezer

This is the second part of my 3-part series on freezers.  You can read the first part here.  Check back later this week for the third part.

Now that you have your freezer and are happily storing all sorts of meats, veggies, and made-ahead meals, you will face a brand new challenge.  Your freezer will turn into a great abyss.

It’s so easy to forget what meats you have bought and stored, what meals you have prepared and frozen in advance, and how much broth you have stocked away.  You may occasionally try to do a little digging to see what’s towards the bottom, but inevitably you just rely on those foods nestled at the top. [Read more…]

Making Room for a Freezer in a Small Space

This is the first part of my 3-part series on freezers.  Check back next week for the second part.

One side of our living room

I’m not sure whether I’ve ever mentioned the fact that I keep my chest freezer in a corner of my living room.  Yep, that’s right, it’s actually in my living room!

As I was preparing to start GAPS, I realized there was no way I was going to be able to buy large quantities of meat or store my own pre-made meals in my tiny freezer that’s part of my refrigerator.  And I had no idea where I could put a larger freezer.  After all, my husband and I live in about 640 square feet in the heart of Boulder.  We don’t have a garage; we don’t even have a little storage unit on our balcony.  Space tends to be at a premium. [Read more…]