What's In My Freezer?

Stocking the pantry and freezer is an integral part to keeping your food budget under control and being prepared for quick & easy weekday meals, the busyness of the holidays and unexpected guests.  I try to make freezer-safe items the first weekend of every month that will be used throughout the month, as part of my monthly prep.

We have 3 freezers because we raise our own chickens for meat, buy other meat in large quantities during sales, and freeze a lot of our veggies and fruit for later use.  We have the small one that comes with our refrigerator.  This is used for that month's freezer meal supply and some frozen fruit and veggies, extra butter, and a few frozen breakfast/lunch items.  A large upright freezer is used for all cuts of meat except chicken, as well as excess fruit and veggies, and just about everything else on this list. We use wire baskets to separate beef/pork/fruit/veggies/pre-made items.  A medium-sized chest freezer is used almost solely for all of our free-range chicken. 

Here are some of the items you'll find in our freezers {in addition to bulk meat}:
  • Cooked marinated & grilled boneless chicken breast {we use this in quesadilla's, soup, fajitas, and salad}
  • Cooked Meatballs {whenever I make them for dinner I make extra and toss them in the freezer for quick meatball subs or a quick pasta dinner if I forgot to take something out}
  • Cooked Burger {used for pizza, nachos, taco salad, etc.}
  • Pie Crust {un-rolled}
  • Pizza Dough {after it's allowed to rise I cut the recipe in half and freeze in freezer bags - makes quick pizza, pizza roll or calzones}
  • Muffin batter
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Spaghetti Sauce {I don't yet pressure-can so I freeze our homemade sauce}
  • Ham & Roast Beef Sandwiches {already made - just need to be defrosted and broiled}
  • Sausage & Pepper Sandwiches {already made - just needs to be tossed in the slow-cooker for a couple of hours}
  • Chicken Burritos {I make them with leftover chicken, some beans and shredded cheese.  Perfect for a quick lunch!  They can be microwaved just like the breakfast burritos or browned in a skillet.}
  • Waffles {whenever I make them I freeze leftovers - pop them in the toaster and enjoy!}
  • Roasted Garlic {so I don't have to make this monthly, I usually bake up quite a few heads of garlic at once and freeze what I don't use that week}
  • Oven-Dried Tomatoes {a quick addition to sauce or pasta dishes, these are our garden's fresh tomatoes}
  • Meat packaged in marinades {usually during the summer for quick weeknight grilling}
  • Apple Pie {un-baked}
  • Blueberry Pie {un-baked}
  • Cookie Dough
  • Amish Friendship Bread Starter
  • Ginger Root {I never ever use the entire piece of ginger root that I buy so I peel it and freeze it - grates wonderfully when frozen!}
  • Summer Berries and Fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Squash
  • Avocados {I buy them on sale, use some and freeze some}
  • Beans
  • Scones {unbaked}
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Sautéed Onions {ready for French onion soup}
  • Chicken, Beef and Vegetable broth
  • Herbs
  • Homemade Cracker Dough

What about you?  What's in your freezer?


daisy g said...

Not all of that, I can assure you! Wow, y'all are stocked up for a good, long time. I love how you have everything organized and the meals made ahead. No one's gonna starve in that house! ;0D

Sarah said...

Going into our chest freezer is not for the faint of heart. Usually it requires making sure that your life insurance is updated and that someone is upstairs ready to call 911 if you don't come back in an acceptable amount of time!