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Some of my food rules...
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whuffle From: whuffle Date: March 2nd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm starting to seriously consider your suggestion of purchasing a very small chest freezer and then buying organic meat through the local 4H program.
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going out to buy my freezer later today, as it happens. I'll get meat from my neighbors (I live in a farming community) later in the season; right now I'm baking for a family reunion, and I don't want to have to bake nosherai (little nibbles) for 100 people in the two days before we go. I did that last year, and do *not* wish to repeat the adventure. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)


Good for you. I hope you enjoy your freezer. See my other recommendation for the book Big Food.
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: March 2nd, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yay!

Just hit the library and looked through it. I'll be acquiring a copy, mostly for my Mom. She has a 22 cu ft upright freezer so crammed that she cannot fit in another bag of peas....and since she can't get at the contents easily, she goes out and buys more.

My project, as soon as it's warm enough to work in the garage comfortably, is to empty, cull and organize that freezer.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)


One thing I remembered from childhood is we used to have problems with "losing" things in the freezer. We didn't know what was in it and couldn't find things easily, and that started fights.

So when my partner and I got this new chest freezer just over a year ago, we listed everything that went into it and tried to keep track. We've done pretty well with that, and it has helped a lot. But sure enough, now it is full and we sometimes have a hard time finding things. It needs to be reorganized periodically.

Also, you have to be pretty careful about using things in the freezer, not just putting stuff into it but taking stuff out. When cooking for more than the two of us, I try to include at least one thing from the freezer.
kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: March 7th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That's what I'm thinking I'll have to do. I'm accustomed to relying on my memory, but no one else can read that without removing it from its casing, which tends to me messy. :) I suspect a lot of what ends up in there will be either meat that comes in quantities too large for the freezer part of the refrigerator, or baking supplies that would otherwise go rancid before I can use them.

I got the perfect example of "stuff lost" when we emptied the old fridge into the new one, though. I'd bought yeast because I couldn't find what I thought I had, and so figured I'd used it up when I wasn't paying attention. Nope. It had just gotten buried. When we did the transfer, I found a total of 2 1/2 pounds of baking yeast. So it went into jars, with 1/2 a pound going to my near-sister and the remainder getting used up as I bake. At least yeast and organic flours don't get freezer burn. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Go for it!

If you can manage that, it would be wonderful.

It's hard to describe the difference in flavors between commercial meat and natural meat; not everyone seems to notice, but many people do. I find that commercial meat has a flatter taste with chemical or metallic notes. Natural meat is richer, often sweet, sometimes with herbal notes if the critter was grass-fed.

For anyone considering a freezer for stocking food, I highly recommend the book Big Food, which explains how to stock freezer and pantry space. You have to make sure that you will use everything you buy. We are still learning about that, but getting better. That pair of recipes I posted the other day was inspired by sticking my head in the freezer to see what we had that would feed 6 people! It's kind of fun when you have learned what kind of things you like to make, so you know what to keep on hand, and then you can throw together something interesting on relatively short notice.
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