I was getting something from the freezer the other day and had to do a little jig to avoid a mashed toe as a chunk of meat slid out and hit the floor - I decided I needed to either organize or wear steel-toed shoes when I need something from it. And the last straw was when Bev asked if I’d like country ham and biscuits for breakfast – a rare treat – and neither of us could find the ham. I opted to organize, especially since the temperatures were more conducive to leaving the doors open for a while – it’s cold in the garage and I can cool the pantry down by opening the door to the garage.
We have two upright freezers that needed to be dealt with – the first is the meat unit used in large part for my BBQ meat and allows me to buy large quantities when the local grocers have a sale. This way I can actually buy cheaper than from a food service company and get just as good or better quality. We do the same with meat for ourselves – such as buying a whole beef ribeye for cutting into steaks and roasts, getting ground chuck for $1.78, etc. We’ve found we can actually buy cheaper this way than by getting a side of beef and we only buy the pieces we want – I don’t need a dozen packages of liver, but the dogs liked it.
The second is mainly the veggie freezer, used for our garden produce plus other odds and ends longer-storage items like the meat and fish stocks I’ve been making, extra soup, bread, pie crusts, fruit, polar packs, etc. The smaller freezer in the kitchen then gets used for the use-soon or use-often items, such as ice cream, a part bag of hashbrowns, etc.
I started with the meat freezer (I knew it would be less challenging) and only found a couple of things needing relocation, threw nothing away, and took out two deer front quarters to do something with. I forgot to get a before shot, but trust me it was a hoge-poge of everything, but here’s the after pic. I have room for more items, and it’s all together – no need to rifle though everything to find a steak. It’s really hard to restack frozen meat and a few items on the second shelf are headed for the other freezer.
I made yesterday's meal to use the shanks from the freezer and when I cleaned it out, I found three more packages – there’s a lot to be said for staying organized - I think I feel some osso buco coming on.
Did I motivate you, this only took an hour and I felt great having it done. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.