Monday, June 13, 2016
Emptying the Freezer
Two years ago, I challenged myself to make a radical change: I sold my refrigerator. Then I replaced it with a chest freezer and a dorm fridge. I've written about this before. (The Refrigerator Journey and The Refigerator Journey, Part Two)
It seemed like a totally crazy idea. Believe me, any number of people told me so. But it's still one of the best things I have ever done: my electricity bills are lower, I spend less money on food, I waste less food, I eat healthier food in greater variety.
The freezer has rescued me several times during days when the budget was low. And it has been doing so again lately--my food budget for this week and for next is $0 (no, I didn't forget a number; I mean zero). I also recognize that there is a need to get the freezer cleaned out so I can get rid of frost build-up. It's not a lot of frost so far but I don't want it to get any worse. This seems the perfect time to do a freezer challenge: eat it up and clear it out.
It's interesting to see what has been stuffed in the corners and what has hidden at the bottom. I had no idea there was 3/4's of a pumpkin pie in there. Or that I seem to have stored what must be gallons of various homemade soups. I've found where my stainless steel casseroles have been lurking--they had Cucumber Dressing in them (it's not salad dressing; it's a baked dressing; no, really, it's lots nicer than how it sounds) and they were stacked under two packages of cranberries that my friend gave me when she emptied her freezer. And then I discovered that someone else had given me a packet of ready-to-bake frozen Cinnabons. Since I've never had Cinnabons before, that should be a treat.
Every so often it's good to have a bit of a clear-out--makes you appreciate all that you have. And this will encourage me to create some sort of inventory system as I begin filling the freezer again. In the meanwhile, I've gotta figure out what to do with two bags of frozen cranberries!
Life is good.