My freezer is one of the most useful appliances I have. I am able to buy larger quantities of some items and avoid going to the shops as frequently as I would otherwise and of course it is wonderful to be able to store excess produce.
I have 2 freezers – one is the bottom 1/3 of my refrigerator in the kitchen. It has a narrow shelf at the top and 2 large pull-out baskets. The second freezer is the size of a bar fridge and lives in the study.
Since we are going on holidays in 3 weeks I have been trying to use up some of the food that is in the freezers with a view to being able to empty and turn off the stand-alone freezer. The first thing to do was to make an inventory of everything that is in them so here is the list.
Pineapple (fresh, very ripe so will be juicing it)
Refried beans (homemade) 500g x 4 packs
Ice-cream – 3/4 of a 2 litre tub
Grated cheese – 4 large containers (I buy 2 kg block of cheese from a local factory and grate it)
Spreadable butter blend (homemade) 500g x 2
Grated zucchini – 400g packs x 2
Beef curry – 6 serves
Lasagne – 2 serves (lunch sized)
Chili con carne – 2 serves
Beef & vegie casserole – 6 serves
Tomato/pasta sauce (homemade) – 750ml x 2
Lasagna sheets (homemade) x 12
Fettucine (homemade) – 2 serves
Gravy beef – 500g x 2 packs
Chicken breast fillets x 4
Sausages x 2
Bacon (shortcut) x 7 slices
Sausage rolls (mini) x 5 – thawing for lunches today with salad
Sweet pastry (homemade) x 1 quantity
Savoury pastry (homemade) x 1 quantity
Baked sweet pastry (was tart shell which broke)
Sliced white bread (homemade) – 7 slices
Gluten free bread (1/2 loaf)
Breadcrumbs (soft and toasted)
French stick (sliced and in a bag)
Fruit muffins (crumbled in a small container)
Mashed pumpkin (to make pumpkin soup)
Lemon juice (2 litres)
Lemon juice (ice cubes – about 4 dozen)
Lime juice (ice cubes – about 4 dozen)
Sliced limes – 2 containers
Orange juice – single serves x 3
Banana x 1
Passionfruit ice cubes x 15
Turkish bread rolls x 4
Bag of meat scraps
The freezers are a constant dynamic as shown by the following changes in the past 36 hours since I made that list.
2 serves (lunch sized) – now 1 serve
Fettucine (homemade) – 2 serves – used
Chicken breast fillets x
4 – now x 3
Sausage rolls (mini) x 5 – thawing for lunches today with salad – used
Lime juice (ice cubes – about
4 dozen) – now 3 dozen
Orange juice – single serves x
3 – now 8 serves – 2 used and 7 more added after juicing the remaining oranges from the tree
I have also added another 2.5 litres of lemon juice.
From my inventory I have made a menu plan and will be using more of the contents over the coming weeks.
I am confident that I will be able to empty the small freezer before we go away. I will post an update of the list in a week or so.
How do you manage the contents of your freezer? Do you keep a precise list or just a general idea with the occasional complete inventory? What do you mostly store – excess produce, bulk meat, prepared meals or baked goods? I would love to hear your story.