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Some of my food rules...
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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)

Yes...

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. :)
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