My project is moving along nicely. Last night, I was able to finish re-filling the cleaned freezer from last week and empty another one in the process. I found these berries from ’13 and ’14 (pretty icy and old), this mystery green soup (?) and those chicken thighs that look pretty freezer-burned. Today, I will serve the green stuff for lunch, make berry crisp for the weekend helpers that are coming to assist us with sorting and moving loads to storage, and see if the chicken is salvageable. I found some terriyake marinade in the fridge that I can dump on the chicken if it looks save-able and hopefully kill any off taste.
So, now, another freezer has been standing empty, thawing out, all night, and I will wipe it out and turn it back on this morning. Then, I will start filling it up from another freezer, and so forth, until I have done them all. I’d like to do one per weekend, until I’m done. I should have an empty one to not turn back on at the end, but we do have pigs almost ready to butcher, so, I guess we’d better keep eating if I want that to happen. I am pretty determined to not move or keep quite so many freezers.
This is my garage fridge, nicely cleaned and sorted out by Patsy (with assistance) last evening. She was in a cleaning mood. I’m not one to argue with that, so while I worked on the freezer, I showed her how to remove everything, and wipe up the mess that was in there. It was pretty bad, as this has been an extra fridge for us, and has been used for stuffing all of the bulk purchases, garden produce, etc. Some jam had spilled all over the shelf, and she got it cleaned up. There were other piles of yucky sticky stuff in other places, including under the drawers. We both scrubbed part of it, but she sure did a lot. I’m proud of her. Now that my house fridge is broken, I wanted this one cleaned out to maximize it’s usefulness, since it is my main fridge now. The one in the house is cool, so I am using it for lettuce, ketchup, etc. Things like meat, milk, leftovers, etc. are going out in this one. So handy, I know, trotting back and forth:) The plan is to bring this one in, but we are so overwhelmed with the sorting/packing/storing things for the move, we just haven’t done it yet. So, between things from the back of this fridge, and some really old stuff from the freezer, we got a good-sized bucket of slop for the pigs, a freezer that will be ready to re-fill this morning, and a nicely-cleaned and organized fridge. A little girl got a good lesson on how to clean a fridge, and that’s worth a lot to me, as well.
Food items I have used this past week include: frozen fish, green beans, drinks I found while cleaning the garage, the items in the picture above, canned pears, canned potatoes, some bacon that was frozen and looking old (but was fine), and leftovers (quite a few). We also got quite a bit of bread out of the freezers. Rob served it for meals, and I threw some of the really bad stuff in the pig bucket I was filling. When we are given bread, I put it in the freezer, but sometimes we don’t eat it all. I’m not out anything, as it was free. I was also ruthless with bowls of ???? that I found lurking in there. If it looked freezer-burned, I threw it into the pig bucket. I’m sure somewhere in the past, I thought I’d want that leftover, but that time is past. Now, I know that these freezers will be in relatives’ garages in-between houses, so I want to keep meat, produce, and frozen cheese and butter as my top priorities. I still have a tremendous amount of meat to deal with, and want every bit of it, as we will not have the opportunity to raise our own meat again for a while, at least.