What’s in the freezer?? Enough stuff for a freezer challenge, that’s what.

I mentioned last week that my kitchen freezer is getting a little bit out of control.

Which is especially sad because when I finished my freezer challenge this past fall, it was lookin’ super marvelous.

And now it’s not.

crammed freezer

So!

This coming week is gonna be freezer challenge week at my house.

How much of this stuff can I get through in a week?

To start off, I emptied my freezer and took inventory.  Here’s what I’ve got to work with: freezer challenge before

Seeing it all piled on the counter wasn’t super helpful, so I divided things up into a few categories.

I had a LOT of random bread odds and ends, some storebought, some homemade.

frozen bread odds and ends

I put most of them into a single bag until I decide what to do with them.  Thinking croutons and bread pudding, maybe.

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As I did this, it occurred to me that keeping a ziploc bag in the freezer for bread odds and ends is a great idea.  If I freeze bread miscellany in those yellow reused commercial bread bags, I can’t see what I have.

And I know that seeing what I have is half the battle in avoiding food waste.

Next up are all the meaty things from the freezer.

meat from freezer challenge

I have leftover taco meat, a few shrimp, some lunch meat, a bit of bacon, two chorizo links, a few chicken breasts, and a little bit of cooked chicken.

And then the rest is very random…

freezer miscellany

-beef ravioli
-frozen blueberries
-some old bananas
-frozen cherries
-pepperoni
-tomatoes
-tortillas
-mashed potatoes

And lastly, something mysterious in that glass bowl.

I think I’m gonna have to thaw it in order to figure out what it is!

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Just like last time, I am totally not opposed to buying ingredients that will help me use up what’s in my freezer.

Because the point is not to be spartan as much as it is to empty the freezer.

I feel decently hopeful about this project because nothing in that inventory is crazy difficult to use up, and I think I’ll be able to produce some pretty tasty eats this week with my freezer things.

Alrighty!  Hopefully by next Friday I’ll have a much emptier freezer.  Stay tuned…

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P.S. Food Waste Friday is officially over at Simply Being Mum today.

About that freezer below the fridge…

Every other Friday, I post about my food waste. I started doing this back in 2008 to help motivate me, and I’ve kept up the habit ever since (mainly because I still need the accountability!)

You know how I did that freezer challenge last fall?

And remember how my freezer was looking AWESOME afterward?

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Well, uh…

crammed freezer

It’s gotten a wee bit out of control again.

freezer challenge before

I haven’t taken all the contents out and logged them yet, but I think it’s gonna need to happen. More on that in the coming week.

(I know.  Such a riveting promise.  Try to be patient.)

On the upside, though, I didn’t have anything to throw away this week.

(!!!!)

And my fridge isn’t even in scary shape either.

freezer challenge before

I’ve got a few leftovers in there, but I think we’ll get through those just fine.

And the vegetable situation isn’t TOO dire, although I really, really do need to cook that broccoli rabe from my produce box.

fridge innards

So.  Fridge is good, freezer is not so good.

But I’m gonna work on that.

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How’d things go on the food waste front at your house?  Tell us! and/or link us up if you blogged about food waste.

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P.S. I’m gonna be back this afternoon for a fun giveaway that’ll help you get your photos off your phone and into a little photo book.  So, pop back in later!