I went to rearrange some stuff in the freezer today and found some surprises. It's amazing how quickly I forget what's in there. All the containers start looking the same after a while. Amongst all those ice cream sandwiches and bags of frozen veggies, here's what I found, that I didn't expect:
* one container of red beans and sausage -- still looking good and would make a good lunch or dinner side dish
* one container of lentil stew -- heavy frost - pitched
* coffee cake -- individually wrapped and ready for breakfast treats
* half a recipe of spicy crock pot chicken which would be great to use on these
* one pound of ground beef -- perfect for these
* sugared strawberries -- need to make these
* a frost-bit package of hot dogs -- I think they were supposed to be fish bait -- pitched them
* pumpkin streusal muffins -- also breakfast-ready
* corn cut from the cobs -- great for these
* and three loaves of banana bread -- no more banana bread!
You may think that this amount of food in my freezer really does not amount to much. And really, it doesn't. But, as Americans, we, by and large, keep an overabundance of food in our pantries. Really, what's the point? We go out and buy more, and we haven't eaten what we have. It's fairly glutenous, in my book. We really should have just what we need to live on, with maybe a little extra for emergencies. I try not to overstock my pantry too much. Extra stuff just ends up getting wasted because I forget about it. I suppose if you buy large quanities of food from Sam's or Costco, you have to keep it in your pantry, but I don't. I shop weekly and try to buy just what we need.
So , when I plan next week's meals, Chicken Nachos, Corn Fritters, and Loosemeat sandwiches will be on the menu. Along with a few dishes using up the beans and pasta I have in my pantry.