Finally, the moment you have all been waiting for. The conclusion to what will forever be known as the most boring blog series in history. So far, I’ve given you a tour of my kitchen, bragged about my pantry, and showed you the inside of my fridge, moldy produce and all.
Today, you get the fortunate privilege of getting to look right inside my freezer. Strap on your seatbelts…it’s going to be wild ride.
This is the top shelf that rests on top of my temperamental ice bin. There are some frozen pancakes, strawberries, some basil from the garden this summer and a couple of pieces of going-stale bread that I will make croutons out of (actually, I took this picture a few days ago and I made the croutons last week for the salad I took to a Christmas party-they were SO good! I could eat them by the handful! I didn’t. But I could have.)
You recognize that tub of goodness there on the left don’t you? That’s right, it’s none other than my freshly-ground flour. There is some baked rice in the tubs in front of that. I overestimated how much I would need for a party last week so I had some to freeze. There was an equal amount that we ate with dinner last week too.
Amazingly enough, I made the same mistake for another party when I took the same dish. As a matter of fact, I do have baked rice coming out of my ears. It is yummy, but I am getting kind of sick of it. Variety is the spice of life after all.
I have this thing about throwing out perfectly good food though. It’s like I can hear the money spent on it being flushed down the toilet. This pet peeve of not letting anything go to waste may be part of the reason I have gotten to this weight to begin with.
I am happy to say, though, that I no longer finish the food on my kids’ plates every night. And let me tell you, that was a hard habit to break. I still can’t stand to see food get tossed, but I figure it’s less money than doctor’s bills for obesity-related illnesses. Baby steps.
On the same shelf, but in behind that stuff, are 2 more bags of frozen strawberries that we picked this summer during our famous strawberry-picking event which was incredibly influential to me in starting this blog. There is also a container of frozen tomato soup and frozen bananas. Oh, and some random buns. I hardly ever make anything that requires a bun so who knows how long those have been in there. I see some more croutons in my future. (There’s that whole wasting food issue again! Actually, you should be proud, I have since thrown out all of the buns in my freezer!)
This is the door. Aren’t you glad I told you that? Nothing too terribly interesting here. The big bags of white stuff on the two shelves is organic coconut that I use in baking and my granola. That white, square, boxy looking thing is yeast which I buy in bulk from Sam’s. It is THE best deal out there on yeast. There is also a half bag of cranberries, some strawberry freezer jam, more basil and a few bags of Amish Friendship Bread starter.
Underneath my flour are several bags of frozen corn that we cut off the cobs this summer. Some sweet friends brought us several bags of corn from their garden and we got about 6 of those gallon size bags worth and it is SO good. Seriously, the best corn I have ever had.
On top of that are some chicken breast and some Jimmy Dean turkey sausage patties. I am not one for convenience foods and I normally just make my own sausage, but again, I was reeled in at Sam’s. I got this box of 24 thick patties for less than $6. You would pay more than that for a couple of rolls of sausage and this is already pre-cut and pre-cooked and packaged individually. At only 60 calories per patty, this is one item I gave into. This makes a great addition to our weekly “Egg McMuffins” and it’s so quick and easy. The kids thought it was such a treat!
Under there I have another pull-out shelf which is home to my homemade chicken stock, some various meats, frozen veggies, and that yellow stuff there is my homemade butter that I made this summer from the cream from our raw milk we got from our dairy cow. Man, I miss it!
In my last drawer I have some more meats (ground beef and some wild caught pollock fillets, I believe), and frozen veggies. Nothing too exciting.
Here, I just pulled out a few of the things that I thought might be kind of unique to my freezer. In the back left corner is a bag full of leftover veggies. This will be used to make homemade vegetable broth (I’ll do a tutorial on that the next time I make it). In front of that is my homemade butter, of course. I’m so proud of it, apparently I thought you needed to see it twice.
Next to the veggies is my huge bag of basil. Most of that I got at the Farmer’s Market this summer since I didn’t have much luck with my own. I LOVE me some basil. Seriously, LOVE it! As in I can’t get enough of it. As in, I could fill an entire freezer with it and sleep with some under my pillow. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil.
I first fell in love with basil during my college years back when people thought pasta was healthy and I went through the pasta bar line every night and had spaghetti with basil pesto. Hmm, come to think of it, that might explain some of the weight gain too! These days, I use my basil in much healthier ways like in home-canned soups and sauces, and in caprese salad.
Underneath of that is a bag of wheat bran and a bag of cracked wheat-both used for various baking. On the top left in the square container is some frozen, cooked pumpkin from the sugar pumpkins I grew this summer. I use this in my various pumpkin recipes-pumpkin rolls (my specialty for the holidays-no calories in that one!), pumpkin pancakes (a much healthier, but still decadent recipe), pumpkin pie (though I’ve actually never made one since I don’t like it, it would be great for this).
Then I also have a couple of bagfuls of bread crumbs. I always save the ends of my bread and just freeze them. Then when I have a recipe that calls for bread crumbs, I toss some bread into my food processor and voila! fresh, homemade, preservative-free bread crumbs!
So there you have it-my freezer. All right, all right, you don’t have to yawn quite that loudly. I guess since I have subjected you to that torture, you deserve a reward.
There ya go.
What’s in your freezer? Anything you think might be unique?