Let's face it. Some of this food has to go.
It's hard, but these are desperate times. I have had to implement the Freezer Rules.
They're pretty simple really.
- If you pick it up and don't know what it is, you have to thaw it and eat it for dinner.
- If you pick it up and notice that its been in there over a year, you have to thaw it and eat it for dinner.
- If you have more than 4 pkgs of the same thing in the freezer, you have to thaw and eat one for dinner.
- I should be eating food I already have before I go out and buy more food. Obvious.
- I eat the food before it really does go bad. The other day, I made some bacon for a quiche and the bacon was so old, I really did have to throw it out. It tasted funny. Not as in going-to-give-me-food-poisoning, but just not good. You see, I date most things I make and put in the freezer. My brother, who always gives me tons of venison, also dates the meat. I may think the old meat is going to be awful and tasteless, but sometimes it turns out to be delicious.
- It's a creative challenge to figure out how to use what I've thawed. The challenge is to use it without another trip to the grocery store.
- I cut down on the September/October grocery bill and considering that car tags, flood insurance, house insurance, and property taxes are all due in September/October, that's not a bad thing.
- You never know what you are going to get. You may think it is chili, but it turns out to be spaghetti sauce, or taco meat, or beef stew. You may think it's chicken noodle soup, but it turns out to be stock for seafood gumbo.
- If you have to eat the food you already own, you are less likely to go out to eat.
Fish for dinner!