Freezer Finds

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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.

Ground coffee
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 zest
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.

Lasagne – 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.

6 thoughts on “Freezer Finds

  1. we store mostly bulk meat, some produce, and leftover bread when we can’t eat through it quickly enough. Our freezer jams take up the space in the door, but we have a small canning kit now so we will no longer need to freeze small batches of jam. It still ends up looking like a disaster, so I’m looking forward to hearing how everyone keeps their freezers organized!

  2. Hi Fairy
    I have a chest freezer and in it I keep meats that I get reduced (coming up to their sell by date), fruit, pizza bases (your recipe) home made pizza sauce, home made ready meals, bought bread (can’t make my own due to arthritis in my hands, the kneading make them ache for days after), home made lemonade and elderflower cordial, cartons of fruit juice (great for keeping the picnic cold) and lots of bits and pieces. I’ve never done an inventory until just now. Some of the ready meals will be coming out tomorrow as we are off camping for a few days and take all our meals with us.
    Carolx

  3. We have two chest freezers that we use to keep garden veg and fruit, home baked goods, mets and bread – we live outside of town, so we keep at least 6 loaves of bread in the freezer. We keep meats and bread in one freezer and produce in the other. They get us through the winter, keeping our food costs down. Occasionally something gets lost in the bottom, but not too often.

  4. Hi Fairy. This is my first visit to your blog and I’m going to enjoy following it as you cover the topics that interest me. I love my small chest freezer which I picked up second-hand for $100. I keep it in the garage and use it for surplus veggies from my allotment. But I also store dried goods including rice, flour, pulses – this makes for safe storage as I live in a sub-tropical area. I cook from scratch and use the freezer to store individual meals such as casseroles, pasta sauces, bread, cakes, that sort of thing. It is probably the best $100 I have ever spent.

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