I have an extra freezer, and even though we are a household of two now, it comes in so handy. I often cook a double meal and freeze part of it for those days when cooking is inconvenient or I'm just busy doing other stuff. I got a vacuum sealer and it assures better quality of frozen items. This time of year I'm busy using up frozen stuff so I can fill the freezer with holiday items, so nothing gets too old!
When I used to buy a 1/2 beast, along with a pig and sheep, I had my chest freezer set up so that I could lift it a bit and reach in and grab exactly what I wanted. I used to use the lid as a bench top as well, so it was hard to clear it all off. I had made partitions in it and always kept various cuts of meat in the same places. I could tell by feel if I was low on a certain cut. Baking I always kept in the top right-hand basket. Bread and frozen veges and Ice Cream I kept in the Fridge/Freezer.
My own freezer list isn't: a) as organized, nor b) containing enough veggies, since I prefer fresh. I do maintain a fair stock of soups, meats (some already cooked), and frozen berries and fruit. I would be in worse shape if my freezer gave out than my stove...LOL
Especially since I have a Microwave (use it regularly), a nice BBQ (also use it regularly, and have charcoal), and if I'm really in need: our camping stoves....!! We managed a week off of the little 3" one while backpacking, and we have 2 larger ones (combined households...) we use for car camping.
Your post does bring to light a good thought for people: Disaster Planning. Do you have food set aside, and a way to heat water at least??? If you don't yet, then PLEASE take time THIS WEEK to get two weeks worth of supplies together!! patti
PS: Kris... hope your stove is fixable...and soon! Also, if I ever get to NZ...can I come live at your home?!!
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 10/9/2018 (15:11)
Patti "The only thing we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." Gandalf: Lord of the Rings
Wow, I really admire you for having all the food in your freezer. We just don't have the space for much and luckily there are plenty of healthy options if our stove was on the fritz or out of commission for some reason.
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I have always had heaps of assorted meals and part-meals in my freezer for emergencies and for times when I am tired and don't have the time to cook a proper meal.
At the moment I have: * Vegetable Slices (with egg/cheese and a variety of veges) * Pizza (very healthy home-made, and loaded with veges) * Soups (with plenty of protein for a balanced meal) * Casseroles (variety of meats also with plenty of veges and pulses) * Roast Meats w/Gravy (Lamb; Beef; Pork) * Polenta (bulk cooked and frozen in single servings to crisp up in pan when required) * Stir-Fried Brown Rice and Chia (with Roast Pork or Roast Chicken and heaps of veges) * Smoked Fish with Tuna in Mornay Sauce (again with some veges) * Mashed Potato w/Parmesan and Parsley * Mashed Potato with canned reduced fat Corned Beef * Mashed Potato and Kumara with Tuna/Tomato and Basil
I also have a variety of frozen veges in there.
Today I decided to clean behind/beside and under my stove. I pulled it out and duly cleaned it. Then decided to lift the stove top to clean there (Have done this quite a few times previously.) Well, I pulled it up too hard and I now have a floating stove top where the elements are. I might have to wait until Monday to get it fixed, IF it can be fixed. It's too dangerous to attempt to use it in the meantime.
This is where all of the freezer foods come in handy. I still get to eat all my normal foods and not risk eating a load of rubbish.