The thing I dreaded the most was cleaning out my freezer. Friends, it was BAAAD! There was stuff in there older than Baby Girl. Yeah, seriously. I threw out 6 grocery bags full of nasty junk.
I am embarrassed to admit that...what a waste! Where I get taken is when grocery stores advertise a buy one, get one meat sale. I will buy two roasts, two chickens, or two packages of pork chops. I'll use one right away and freeze one. The frozen package of meat will stay in my freezer until the next time I decide to clean it out. I have got to stop doing that.
The grossest thing about cleaning out my freezer was this:
This is exactly how I found it in there. It was half of a Mexican Spaghetti casserole that I don't even remember making. "It freezes so well," everyone says. Well, yeah, it freezes well, but then what do you do with it? 'Cause I'm surely not thawing it out and cooking it! I'm adopting a new No Freezing Meat Policy. Well, chicken is OK. I will use that frozen. I don't know why I have an issue with using any other meat once it was frozen. Anyone else share that strange quirk?
The cool thing was that I googled "National clean out your freezer day." I missed it by one day! It was November 15th. I cleaned out my freezer yesterday, the 16th. What I read said that the date was set just before Thanksgiving to allow you to pack your freezer with extra food for the holidays. Clever.
So I urge you to celebrate this obscure holiday late and clean out your freezer. You will feel better after you do. Now, on to the refrigerator....