~my thoughts about life~

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Storing, Cleaning, and Pitching

With all this couponing and stockpiling that I'm doing, I need more storage space for the extra things I'm buying.  Hubby bought me a new shelf for the basement, which made my stockpile look so neat and organized!  Organization makes me very happy! 

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....


Linda said...

I love organization and I can see why you were so happy with the new shelf.

Once, a few years ago, I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets, and wound up with one shelf completely empty. Eureka!!! I told my husband and grown son that they'd better not put anything on the shelf. I was so excited about having an empty shelf that I would walk into the kitchen several times a day just to look at it.

It kind of made me feel like there was more oxygen in the kitchen. Weird, I know.

It stayed empty for a few years. Now it has some things on it, but I'm okay with it now.

I'm never really as organized in reality as I am in my head, but there are times when expectations meet reality very nicely.

Mimsie said...

Love your post! You know how there are jobs to do around the house that just stay at the back of your mind and won't go away? Cleaning out the deep freeze is at the top of that list--I dread doing it. Why do I keep buying meat, or doubling a recipe that will get freezer burn long before I remember to use it?

Amanda :: Grace & Gusto said...

I recently cleaned out my freezer, too. But only because I ripped open a bag of peas in it. Whatever works, right? :)

Since meat is usually the most expensive thing on my grocery list, I am all about buying in bulk and freezing. I can see what you mean, though.