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How my freezer challenge is going (plus Food Waste Friday!)


My freezer isn’t empty, but it is looking SO much better of late.

freezer challenge update

What have I been doing with my freezer contents?

Well, I do have one freezer loss to report:

wasted taco meat

Though we ate almost all of the taco meat in our freezer, this last little bit of thawed meat stayed in the fridge a little too long.

On to better news!

I used some of the bread to make bread pudding.bread pudding

I used the frozen tomatoes to make a little batch of tomato sauce.

tomato sauce freezer challenge

Which I then used to make some pizza.

homemade pizza

I used part of the frozen mashed potatoes to make potato rolls.

potato rolls

and then I used the rest of the mashed potato to make potato cinnamon rolls, which were fluffy and soft and generally delicious.

potato cinnamon rolls

This isn’t freezer-related, but I used some leftover rice to make rice pudding.

rice pudding with leftover rice

(That also handily used up the last of a container of half and half.)

In other fridge news, we’ve gone through lots of greens this week, in smoothies and in salads, so, yay us!

Unphotographed freezer efforts: I made several chicken meals this week to use up the chicken in the freezer, I made a seafood and chorizo stew to use up my chorizo links, and I made smoothies to use up all the fruit.

So, here’s what I’ve got left…a bit of lunch meat, ravioli, bread odds and ends, bread crumbs, and a bit of cooked chicken.

freezer challenge

(The chicken breasts are new this week, so I’m not counting them. 😉 )

The ravioli will not be hard to use.

The lunch meat? I’m gonna have to think about that.   The texture is a little iffy when thawed, so it’s not like I’d be prone to using it in sandwiches.

I think I’m gonna use a French toast casserole recipe to use up more of the bread odds and ends. And I’ll also probably make some croutons.

(Hit me with a favorite overnight french toast recipe, please!)

The bread crumbs? Not even worried about ’em!   They can hang out in the freezer until I have a recipe that calls for them.


So! My freezer is in very decent shape right now, and to keep it that way, I’m gonna start a new habit of posting fridge AND freezer pics on Food Waste Fridays.

(Because clearly I need some accountability in order to keep my freezer from descending into a stuffed disorganized state.)


How’d things go at your house this week with food waste?   And those of you were who cleaning out your freezers with me, how’s it going?

P.S.   Joshua has some photos up from his trip to CA!

(Where he visited the Joshua tree park. Because of course.)

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Ella Vint

Friday 22nd of May 2015

I love what you're doing! I've just started following your journey and I'm excited to read more.



Tuesday 12th of May 2015

Those pictures look yummy. I would throw that lunch meat into an egg dish and bake it in the oven. It is almost no work and tastes great. I think at my house eggs are the most popular dinner.


Sunday 10th of May 2015

Not sure what type of lunch meat you have.. but make up a batch of bread dough.. flatten it, layer with thawed lunch meat and cheese ( turkey and cheddar, ham and swiss... pepperoni and provolone..) and roll and bake! Lunch!

One night do a snacky/appetizer dinner. Boil the ravioli, season breadcrumbs and then dip drained ravioli in egg wash and bread crumbs.. fry and then serve with marinara!

karen b

Saturday 9th of May 2015

a suggestion for the bread odds & ends is to simply make bread crumbs out of them. They can be blended or done in a food processor then you never have to buy bread crumbs for your next recipe. :) or you can make Easy breakfast Casserole 1# sausage 6 eggs 6 pieces of bread broke up 1 cup sharp cheddar 2 cups milk 1 tsp dry mustard salt & pepper to taste Mix altogether & bake in a 9 x 13 for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Yummy


Saturday 9th of May 2015

We make ham and cheese bread with extra lunchmeat!! Roll your bread dough out as you would for cinnamon buns, layer grated chess and lunchmeat on te bread. Roll up. LEt rise. Bake as you normally would. Our favorite is to Slice it and dip it in tomato soup!!

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