{Decluttering} The freezer

Now that winter is approaching, it’s a good time to use up alot of the food or meals you have in the freezer, to then restock with yummy casseroles and soups.

  1. Create your meal plan using food from the freezer
  2. Clean the freezer wiping down the sides and shelves.  See more details about cleaning the freezer HERE

Here are some great recipes to cook up when restocking the freezer.  Click image for recipe.

Pumpkin Soup, image and recipe from www.masterchef.com.au

Hearty Beef Casserole, image and recipe from www.taste.com.au

 

Chicken and vegetable pie, image and recipe from www.taste.com.au

 

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5 comments

Julie April 25, 2011 - 4:10 PM

What a week it has been in our house with me organising a big fundraiser bbq, Easter and ANZAC Day all the same weekend!
The house is not as shabby as i had expected it might get – but for now it will wait until tomorrow as I take the youngest 2 out so Ms 15 can get some sleep before she starts work!

We went to the Dawn service as we have done most years, and every year since my son started Scouts. As a Venturer (senior scout)my daughter(15) stayed overnight on Vigil at the Cenotaph in council gardens, after which we followed the procession from the town centre to there. (Last year she was lead flagbearer for the district march and looked like a deer in headlights when she realised where she’d be!) Thismorning I looked for her nearly 10min only to find she’d been placed in the catafalque party (the remaining 4 to guard the monument through the entire ceremony!) ..which brings me to my point – we all have duties, even if we do feel a bit reluctant sometimes. And I must say much of the time much of the housework fits this bill. I think it is one of the most unacknowledged and sometimes unappreciated of duties when performed for other than yourself. (If you ever do want to hear a mass campaign of housewife appreciation try the post-WW2 rhetoric – too bad it’s prime political motivation was to free-up employment for returning servicemen!)

For me its a day full of memories – of Old Spice cologne and my Grandad. Obviously, I do not have the same calibre of memories as the veterans but for me the memory of my Grandad is one of love. He always had a lap for me. As I look back now and remember when he was tired, had arthritis in his knees, and the pains of years, I have an even deeper appreciation in that he never let me doubt there wasn’t a moment he wouldn’t make for me.

My Grandad had a disdain for the maudlin commemorations, and would never go. He even spent some time as a detained conscript for his determination to serve his country as an engineer!! He thought that family, and enjoying the simple things in life was the appropriate way to appreciate the sacrifices made instead. During thismorning’s service, after a beautiful dedication, the crowd silent, some of the oldest veterans stood up and applauded. (I was always taught it was proper respect to be reserved) There was a quick shuffle of papers when one of the RSL members joined the speaker and stated his overwhelming joy and honor to see so many young people come to appreciate the veterans. He said that to just see them enjoy and celebrate life & freedom made it all worthwhile. So there it is – whatever your opinions of war or those involved, take the time to give love & value to another, make the most of the freedoms that are often taken for granted so you can enjoy living the best life you can! It’s your duty.

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Suzanne May 3, 2013 - 4:45 AM

Here’s a tip that’s great for any time of year!

We have a smallish freezer(30″ wide) in our kitchen and a bigger freezer(40″ wide)in the cottage/garage. The small freezer contains items for the next 2 weeks of meals, some pre-made dinners, fruit&veg, baking. The larger freezer contains the items to prep the foods (meat, fish, fruit, veg).

To keep things organized in the small freezer each category is in a cardboard box: fruit, veg, meat, fish, baking on top. To organize the larger freezer I also put like items in open top cardboard boxes with hand holes on the sides. These are the sort of boxes you’d find tomatoes, cukes and peppers in. I get mine at Costco — all the same size so it’s nice and neat. They are also designed to be stackable (I use these in my sewing room to keep projects together and it’s easy to move them from room to room).

Here’s my fav trick: On the outside of the big freezer I use an erasable marker and make a list of what’s inside! ie: top left hand corner is prepped soups&sauces, top right hand corner are jams etc I also write how many items of each type are in there. The dry eraser hangs on a hook that’s suctioned onto the freezer’s side. Even my hubby can go to the freezer and find that stash of ribs!

An older lady in the line up at the green grocer told me about this. It’s amazing the tips you can find out when you’re chatting 🙂

Suzanne in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

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Katrina May 3, 2013 - 8:52 AM

I love this idea, sounds so wonderfully organised. I’m loving all your tips today Suzanne, thank you for sharing them all.

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