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Author Topic: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find  (Read 83 times)

Offline Madgomer

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Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« on: September 11, 2018, 06:08:15 PM »
This time of year we always need to empty out the deep freeze, defrost it, and go through what we have before putting most of it back in.  Need to make room for the garden produce and the potential deer or two.  Wifey & I took that task on last Friday, it was overflowing and we have a ton of tomatoes & raspberries to get in there yet.  Were able to purge quite a bit of stuff and make more room, but really got a bonus when I found a whole backstrap and a tenderloin in there from last year (how on earth did I lose those?).  Cooked up the tenderloin for dinner the next night and turned the backstrap into jerky - yum.  Also found 5 sticks of sausage, didn't realize I had all of that yet.  The family & guys at work will help make sure that disappears before the season gets rolling.  Also have some wild turkey and fish from last year - dang.

Wife pulled out all of last year's tomatoes that were left & turned them into spaghetti sauce, and all the apples went into applesauce - I'll be eating well for a while here.  Stop on by if you're hungry!
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Offline King Ben

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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 07:44:31 PM »
Wow, that's like putting on a coat and finding a $20 in the pocket from the previous winter!  Congrats on your new found bounty.

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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 08:07:25 PM »
That happens around here all the time, got to love that backstrap jerky, best there is.
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2018, 08:29:31 PM »
I do that a lot. there are always treasures somewhere. good for you

you could be like my folks and just keep adding more freezers. they have 4 full freezers for the 2 of them. at last cleaning, they had veggies over 10 years old! for that reason, I don't ever want more than one. that's plenty for 3 of us
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2018, 08:31:57 PM »
Ha, I wait until the weather gets really cold to thaw our freezer.  Just load up some laundry baskets with the frozen stuff and park them in the breezeway.  Then, you can go tp work on the freezer without having to worry about your stuff thawing out.
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2018, 08:35:55 PM »
I do that a lot. there are always treasures somewhere. good for you

you could be like my folks and just keep adding more freezers. they have 4 full freezers for the 2 of them. at last cleaning, they had veggies over 10 years old! for that reason, I don't ever want more than one. that's plenty for 3 of us
Yeah Yari, my better half & I had that very conversation Friday.  We bought this one used about when we got married, and that was 30 years ago.  We just hit the empty nest mode, so really no point in getting a bigger one - even this one ends up with stuff that's over a couple of years old in it and it's less than 15 cu ft if I remember correctly.  Have a fridge next to it in the garage with a small freezer, then the fridge/freezer combo in the kitchen of course - we could probably survive for a long while on all that food if we can keep the power on and compressors running.
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2018, 08:38:28 PM »
Ha, I wait until the weather gets really cold to thaw our freezer.  Just load up some laundry baskets with the frozen stuff and park them in the breezeway.  Then, you can go tp work on the freezer without having to worry about your stuff thawing out.
That's what we used to do when I was a kid.  This one works pretty slick though - there's a little knob you pull out that puts it in defrost mode - we do that as soon as we open the lid and by the time we have the food out & sorted the frost pretty much just wipes off.  Our seals must be pretty good yet too (original) as we really don't get a lot of frost buildup in it. 
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 05:04:21 AM »
Nice find it happens around here too...always interesting what one finds when cleaning out the freezer. I found some quail last year I somehow missed...
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 07:08:33 AM »
my dad told me this story that when his grandma died she had a big chest freezer that sat in the back porch of her house, he and my grandpa had the task of cleaning it out and this was in the 90's. they found at the bottom in a tupperware broccoli from 1934! she apparently never cleaned that one out. Also, they don't make stuff like they used to either.
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 08:18:56 AM »
Nice find it happens around here too...always interesting what one finds when cleaning out the freezer. I found some quail last year I somehow missed...
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Re: Cleaning out the freezer - never know what you may find
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2018, 03:04:45 PM »
mad- keep that freezer as long as it runs. the new stuff is all throw away and only lasts 7-10 years. mine is 22 year old and still goes fine
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