Monday, January 11, 2010

Freezer Inventory

I have a problem with buying too much food. All the time. We have a chest freezer in the garage and it's full. This Jan many families are participating in an "Eat from the Pantry" challenge. Well, while I do have a full pantry, my freezer is worse. This household will be participating in a tailor-made "Eat from the Freezer" challenge. My goal is to only purchase produce and milk for the rest of the month. We'll see how I do. I like to browse online recipes and experiment. This could be hard. But as witness to the fact that we have waaayyy too much food in our freezer, here is the inventory Lance and I just completed.
  • Pizza: 8
  • Deep dish spinach pizza: 3
  • Garlic bread
  • Bagged chicken breast: 3
  • Catfish: 2
  • Banana bread
  • Parmesan bread
  • Smart Ones frozen dinners- Santa Fe Chicken Rice: 14 (yikes!)
  • Stir Fry rice frozen dinners: 2
  • Almond patties
  • Stuffed peppers: 3
  • Bacon: 7
  • Chocolate Caramel ice cream: 2
  • Chocolate Cherry ice cream
  • Monster Cookie ice cream
  • Chicken breasts: 7
  • Peppermint mocha creamer: 7
  • Parisian almond creamer
  • Vanilla chi creamer
  • Blocks of cheese: 4
  • Orange juice concentrate: 3
  • Grape juice: 2
  • Apple juice
  • Cranberry pink ribbon bagels: 4
  • Sedona ice cream treats boxes (they were free!): 5
  • Aspen ice cream treats boxes (also free!): 4
  • Bomb pops
  • Margarine
  • Mini cheese cakes
  • Cream puffs
  • Sugar cookies
  • Gingersnap cookies
  • PB cookies
  • Rotisserie chicken carcasses (for stock): 3
  • Lasagna
  • Edamame: 3
  • Coffee: 3
  • Green beans: 3 bags
  • Homemade strawberry jelly: 11
  • French vanilla ice cream
  • Cherry nut ice cream
  • Corn: 2
  • Spaghetti pie
  • Dinner rolls
  • Cheese ravioli
  • Hot dogs
  • Heavenly chicken casserole
  • Ham
  • Friendship bread starters: 2
  • Chicken broth: 6
  • Green pepper strips
  • Green peppers containers: 5
  • Hot peppers
  • Smoothie mixes
  • Cube hash browns
  • Shredded hash browns
  • Chopped spinach
  • Stir Fry vegetables: 3
  • California blend vegetables
  • Shrimp
  • Talapia
  • Turkey (a 13 lb. - I need to make that ...)
  • Pork shoulder roast
  • Pizza crust
  • Frozen fruit mix
  • Whipped topping
  • Girl Scout cookies: 3
  • Vegetable cream cheese
  • Cherry Cordial Hershey Kisses
  • Egg noodles
  • Puff Pastry shells
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Pork chops: 8
  • Beef stew meat: 7
  • Sirloin tip steak: 4
  • Round steak: 18 (I really don't like round steak and haven't found a recipe for it. If you have suggestions, shoot them at me!)
  • Sirloin: 7
  • T-bone steaks: 6
  • Rib eye steaks: 6
  • Beef roasts: 6
  • Hamburger: 19

Yep, that's everything in my outside freezer. We get a side of beef from Lance's family, hence the large amounts of beef. I still need to figure out something to do with round steak. It appears that I also like purchasing ice cream. And this isn't even mentioning the ice cream we have in the house ... But this list is why I'm declaring January "Eat out of your Freezer" month!


Erica Metzger said...

Hi Kara! I love reading your blog -- and am "wowed" by the amount in your freezer. :) Good luck with your freezer eating challenge.!

*carrie* said...


That is CRAZY! I was wondering about the source of all that beef, so am glad you answered my question.

I'll trade you some pheasant for some of the baked goods! =)

I'm doing the challenge in my own way, too, just haven't taken the time yet to write about it.

Rose said...

Holy smokes, girl! That is a lot of food! You must have a huge freezer!

We just have an itty bitty chest one! :o(

Keep us posted on how you guys do!

Sarah Barntsen said...

Kara, I think your new goal should be to not buy anything new until MARCH or later. With that amount of frozen food, I think Lance will still be well fed. :) Have fun with your creativity! We throw so much away - I would never think about freezing cheese!