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What’s in the freezer?!

Filed under: food storage, kitchen tips, Peaches — fruitchick1 @ 10:44 am

Awhile ago I saw an episode of the “Good Eats” show with Alton Brown that has stuck with me ever since. It featured an appliance instead of a food group or item. He invited folks to consider the freezer like you would a bank: storing valuable items and making good investments that will pay returns later.

Around our house, the freezer is more like the black hole of last resort: “Quick, throw those leftovers in the freezer or we’ll have to throw them out tomorrow”! Usually thought of late at night, the person who can best function at that point gets tasked with tossing the containers into the freezer.

Now, ideally, the leftovers would be nicely packaged, dated and labeled a la Alton’s carefully detailed instructions on proper freezer prep. Well, considering our usual haphazard method of throwing things in there to avoid tossing them, only to be mystified months (and, sigh, sometimes years later), it’s more like a delayed garbage program than Alton’s equivalent of a bank.

I was reminded of the show tonight as I noticed a couple peaches on their last legs. I am currently battling a bug so fresh peaches are not on the menu. (Jello, anyone?) But with that “Good Eats” episode on my mind, I decided “A-ha! I am not wasting these peaches. I am cutting them up and INVESTING in a future smoothie!”

My long-term goal is to remember to keep labels and a marker near the freezer so that everything gets dated. I’ll keep you posted on how that progresses.  I might even go so far as to post a list on the door of what’s in there. In the meantime, I am trying to plan ahead for incorporating the freezer items into meals/snacks etc. The long tradition of playing “Guess what this is”? may be coming to an end!

Do you have a “freezer program” at your house? Would love to hear about it!



  1. What a great topic. You reminded me of how much I miss Alton Brown’s show since I don’t have cable TV…but I digress!

    We buy several pounds of ground beef and freeze them in 1-pound bags to be defrosted and used as needed. Buying IQF chicken breasts is inexpensive and allows us to make as much or as little chicken as we want.

    And since we’re lucky enough to have a Wegman’s nearby, we stock up on 2-pound bags of salmon and tilapia fillets pre-packaged in 3- to 4-ounce vacuum sealed servings. Just defrost the fish (still in the vacuum bag) in a bowl of ice water for about 20 minutes, season and bake! Shrimp is even easier, and we purchase it from Wegman’s uncooked, unpeeled and deveined.

    OK, I could really go on forever about our tricks to use the freezer to stretch our food budget. I want to hear what other readers have to say!

    Comment by Stacey Viera — 06/03/2010 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Stacey, Thank you for your helpful hints. They’re almost a whole blogpost-worth! Apreciate the contribution of such valuable tips. Thanks for reading!

    Comment by fruitchick1 — 06/04/2010 @ 10:26 pm

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