We bought a pig last week. Our basement freezer had issues before we left for Florida, and when we went downstairs a few days after the issues developed, we discovered the switch had tripped on the electrical box (the freezer and dehumidifier were on the same line – bad move), the alarm on the freezer didn’t sound (because the battery needed changing), so we lost the venison and pork in that freezer.
Since we knew we were going away, we decided to wait until spring to order meat again. We were completely out of pork, so we ordered an entire pig,and will distribute it (hubby’s smoked the bacon and hams himself, look for upcoming posts) to my brother, mother and niece. We also have half a cow coming. We were down to just “funky stuff” – what I call the ribs, heart, liver, etc., and two beef roasts, but that was all. Hubby also found a bit of venison in the garage freezer, which made him very happy! He gave away two Bambis last year, and then he (thought) lost the one in the basement freezer (yeah, three deer in one year – talk about using up your tags), so he was bummed. He was thrilled to have found some of it in the garage freezer-chest.
Taking up a lot of room in the garage chest-freezer are two turkeys we bought prior to Thanksgiving. I foresee deep fried turkey in our immediate future. You see, Hubby pulls things from the freezer not by a menu plan (which I have been bugging him to sit down and do with me for eons – I need his cooperation since he does most of the cooking), but by how much freezer space the item takes up.
When we left town in January, we emptied out the garage refrigerator fridge and the freezer on top of it (and unplugged it), and the basement freezer was also kaput (since we lost all that meat, we didn’t refill it), and we took some of the beef from our last cow down south so we wouldn’t have to pay exorbitant Florida beef prices. That meant we had room in the garage freezer, as well as the kitchen freezer.
Well, we’ve been home and entire month now, and somehow we’ve filled up the freezers a bit. I have no idea how – except for the pig and ice cream for Hubby, we really haven’t bought anything frozen. Nevertheless, we had started to do the old shove-it-in-where-ever-you-see-space, and the freezers quickly became unmanageable.
So, this past Sunday morning – while I slept in – Hubby took the initiative and cleaned out (including dumping old lard (he’s making fresh, and he said it shouldn’t be kept over 6 months) and anything freezer burned), and more importantly, arranged the freezers!! Happy days! We have that cow coming in a few weeks, and I think that motivated him. Then too, stuff was falling out of the kitchen freezer, and it really wasn’t anything “good” (like chocolate or cakes). Whatever the reason – necessity, disgust or even turning over a new leaf (nawwwww), I’m just happy he did it!!
When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer? Is it overdue for a cleaning/defrosting/rearranging?
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