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Eating down the freezer

Okay, I need to grocery shop, and I'm the anxious sort who buys doubles when staples are on sale (and when I say staples, I'm including Fluff, frozen basil lumps and baker's chocolate). Because of my false-memories-of-a-Depression-childhood-lifestyle, sometimes I squirrel away things to the point that I can't remember when I bought something, and I'm not sure (when or if) it will be consumed. Therefore, before I buy more food, we're eating down the freezer and fridge. It'll just be a few days, but dinner tonight was:

4 crab cakes,
a bag of frozen onion rings (cooked, okay?),
half a can of baked beans,
the contents of a mysterious ziplock bag,
and the last carrots and beets from the garden, pureed with honey and dill (dillicious!)

My sister called me when I was setting the table, at which point I confessed to her that not only did I not know what was in the ziplock bag when I took it out of the freezer last night (lasagna? spaghetti sauce?), but even when it was thawed in the bag, I couldn't tell. I'd already covered the vegetable (not green, but beta caroteney at least), protein (beans and crab cakes), and crap (onion rings) categories, so I figured whatever was in the bag was just gravy. Of course, it might literally be gravy. Except it was red. Tomato-based soup? I finally just dumped it in a bowl and sent it for the nuclear spin, and it turned out to be... leftover lentils and potatoes in a nice tomato sauce. Awesome -- protein and lycopene!

And the best part was that the kids and everyone else horked down the whole damn thing, happily, and it was just the right amount. Abundance may not always look like an Olive Garden commercial around here, but even without the endless breadsticks, dinner's pretty tasty.



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frankiejlh
Sep. 30th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Heh. My f-list runs in themes; here's B's (public) post which is only a half a scroll away from yours: http://bearsir.livejournal.com/351998.html.

Your dinner sounds great! and you are braver and less wasteful than I am, but equally prone to buying things in large quantities (my excuse is that I am buying myself more freedom and time, since I won't have to go get any more tp/frozen dinner/jam/beer for another 6 months, but basically I just delight in the idea of shaving down the time spent Needing to Go Get, in a more general abstract way).
the_new_perfect
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
How weird is that? Must be the time of year: we're teetering between the giddy bounty of summer and the cache-y frugality of winter.
nadalia
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Everytime I go visit my grandmother (which is not often, anymore, but I digress) we do the same thing. She has bits of this and bits of that stashed all over the place3. We'll pull together dinner from it all and it always ends up great. Kind of like a buffet or pot luck where you get to have a couple bites of everything. No one cares if all the dishes don't "go" with each other as long as they are all yummy!
the_new_perfect
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
Right? I want to institute a leftover night, so we could have the fun pot-luck experience instead of the death march of having the same thing as it lingers for days.
phinnia
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:40 am (UTC)
dinner is marvelous. you have a gift for it.
<3
the_new_perfect
Oct. 1st, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
Sweet talker.

The soup I made from our chicken leftovers is still in the freezer, but at least I remember when I made it. :)
rexlezard
Oct. 1st, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
You know, the label maker is so much fun, I hadn't realized how much I missed Mystery Frozen Lump Dinners! I used to have that at least once a week.
the_new_perfect
Oct. 1st, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
I even *have* a label maker. And a sharpie in a designated spot in the kitchen for just such labeling. I do a pretty good job identifying frozen leftovers, though, so I get arrogant... and everyone suffers.

Hubris. It takes us all down.
shonao
Oct. 1st, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
That sounds fun!
We need to eat down our freezer, too...but that is a deep chest freezer! *ack!*
I also stock on things that then I dunno when I'll use them...I'm bad. I still shop for 4 or more even though it's been 10 years of just John and I! How sad is that?
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