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The freezer challenge, it is back!

I kind of fell off the freezer challenge wagon this summer when I was about 75% of the way through.

But I really do want to finish cleaning this thing out so that I can easily defrost it.

And I’d love to have a nice clean slate to start with!

This is the situation I was dealing with this summer. 10/10 organization, am I right??

If you weren’t here this summer, a quick refresher is that I’m working my way through my freezer one small section at a time, in order to not overwhelm myself.

So, here’s what I’m assigning myself this week!

We have from left to right (kind of!):

  • some whole wheat bread (croutons?)
  • a container of pulled pork (thaw and serve for dinner)
  • a container of frosting (this is Sonia’s…maybe she wants to make cupcakes.)
  • cranberry sauce (I could roast a chicken)
  • Swedish meatball sauce (I have meatballs in my other freezer, so dinner one night maybe)
  • a flank steak (lots of options here!)
  • a pound of ground beef (again, this should be easy)
  • a pound of chicken breast (I’ll use this in BLT salad)

So, nothing here seems super difficult to work through.


It’ll be an easy week to get myself back into the swing of things!

Thank you for following along with my freezer challenges…knowing I’m going to report back to you guys does wonders for keeping me on track. I highly recommend having a few thousand accountability partners.

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Kayla R

Saturday 10th of November 2018

I am working on a freezer and pantry challenge since we will be moving in January. It's just across town, but the less we have to move, the better!


Saturday 10th of November 2018

That's very smart! Why move what you could just eat?


Friday 9th of November 2018

I've been wondering how that was going! Your freezer project actually motivated me to empty my own, so I could defrost the inch thick chunks of ice. I love a good creative challenge, so it was fun to put everything to good use! Now I am back full speed to fill it up again. This time though, I am commited to the habit of writing down a chronological list of what I add, and crossing things out as I it gets used. This way I'll always know what the oldest thing in the freezer is. In my household of one it is a managable system.


Friday 9th of November 2018

Well, I got a sort of involuntary freezer challenge a month or two back when my chest freezer died suddenly and unexpectedly. OY! Thankfully I caught it before everything had completely defrosted, but I still tossed most of the meat just in chase. I was able to salvage most of the rest - and luckily I had some space in the regular freezer. I did toss a lot of things that were languishing in the land of good intentions like veggie scraps I was saving until it got cool enough to make soup, and fortunately at least a third of what was in there was not stuff that really needed to be kept frozen like flour and brown rice and stuff that was just in there to extend its shelf life.

I'm still on the fence about replacing it. I fear I wasn't very good about keeping up with it and lots of stuff would just collect in the bottom. I'm thinking that perhaps I should go for an upright model next time so it's easier to keep things from getting lost. Any suggestions?

Tabitha L Spencer

Thursday 8th of November 2018

We keep very little in our freezer. We mostly buy enough to last us until our next shopping trip and not much goes in our freezer. However, I went through a major popsicle phase over the summer so I now have about 20 or so random popsicles in there that I need to eat and just have no interest in. Now that it's getting cold out I have even less desire to eat them. Maybe your freezer challenge will motivate me to eat them. I don't have any children to help me eat them and my hubby isn't a fan so I am on my own.

Heidi Louise

Friday 9th of November 2018

For the popsicles-- I don't have a particular interest in alcohol, but if you do, you might do something with vodka slushies? Chop them off the sticks and use them as ice cubes with 7-UP? Or melt them and think of them as flavored juice to mix into deserts or something.


Friday 9th of November 2018

Hmm. Do you have any neighbor kids? Nieces or nephews?


Thursday 8th of November 2018

At least your freezer looks organized!! I've been doing a freezer/pantry challenge sort of kind of this last month and much of what's sitting at the bottom of my freezer is either unidentifiable (chunks and patties of animal -- WHO didn't date and title them??) or just plain not very good.

Well, you are encouraging me!

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