Wednesday, February 06, 2013
So, over the months of December and January, I managed to "eat down" the deep freezer enough for a much-needed defrost and reorganize. I also did some restocking and made some homemade convienence items. But there are still a few "bad guys" lurking in my freezer and pantry.
The deep freezer is currently stocked with vaccum-sealed packages of beef and pork, mostly steaks, hamburger patties, and porkchops, as well as home-seperated bags of b/s chicken breasts, 1lb packs of ground turkey, legs of lamb, homemade (broiled) turkey meatballs, and homemade low-carb breakfast burritos. There's also some frozen raw spinach, broccoli, and bell peppers.
The inside freezer isn't quite "safe" yet, but it has improved. I think the only "bad" things in there are a 1/2 gallon of vanilla ice cream, 1 loaf of pumpkin bread, 1 loaf of apple pie bread, some homemade whipped cream, a bag of jalapeno poppers, and 1 frozen pizza. Other than that, there's mostly frozen veggies and a partial box of Steak-Ums.
The pantry has a few boxes of whole grain pastas and canned stuff mostly. There is a section of various drink mixes (hot cocoa, hot teas, kool-aid). We do have a few random instant oatmeal/grits packets and a partial box of chocolate chip granola bars lying around. And lots of those fruit/veggie puree pouches. These are mostly for quick snacks or impromto meals for the 2-year old. There are some canned sodas left, but we've kicked the habit so they're mainly for guests.
My attempt, starting back on Monday (was supposed to be Feb 1st, but used the Superbowl as a "last call" on all the junk food), is to have my hubby on a low-carb diet (his choice) and myself on a reduced-carb, calorie-controlled whole food approach. I want our son eating healthy, but balanced, and since his daycare meals are very processed-grain-heavy, eating mostly low-carb at home will balance that out. The basic plan is to cook low-carb main courses and round out things more with side dishes. Living somewhere that we can easily grill year-round helps that a lot, we normally grill a HUGE batch of meat about once a week and use that to make quick meals (only having to really cook 1-2x a week is a lifesaver for me).
Our big thing coming up is the chance to buy a cow for the freezer. I'm told this should land us between 700-800 pounds of meat after processing, for roughly $3/lb. Doing that would mean that basically all we need to buy for groceries for the rest of 2013 is fresh produce, dairy, and eggs! I might need to go buy a 2nd freezer though