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Old 01-25-2011, 01:48 AM   #31
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There's just me and Shrek...I cook 3 days a week, work 10 hour shifts the other 4. I don't have time to cook on my work days, barely have time to eat some days. I do make extras on the days I do cook and make up my lunches for work.

I do have the extra on hand, but it often gets lost in the shuffle or just plain forgotten until it's no good anymore.
I heard someone else saying they do this, and it works really well- my mom dates everything in the freezer, but she also has a log with everything in there and the date it was put in there written down. She has everything organized in boxes, so that it's easy to move whatever is on top to get to the stuff on the bottom. Nothing ever gets thrown out, because she can see exactly what is oldest, and knows exactly where to find it. It's uncanny. She'll send me down to her freezer to grab something and give me the most ridiculously specific instructions you would think she was giving me driving directions. I would definitely try to emulate her system if I had a deep freeze. I think one of the things that makes it work is the clip board taped to the top of the freezer, with a pen on a string lol. No excuses for forgetting to write something down
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:55 AM   #32
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I had a small chest freezer for years. Heck, decades. The smallest they make (8 or 9 cubic feet). There are still times I miss it. I always meant to buy a new one when we moved here, but the need never really became that important, and the two places I could put one in this house would be very inconvenient. So I just have the top of the fridge freezer, and let me tell you, it is no-man's land. Literally. My husband couldn't possibly find anything in it. It's like a 3-D puzzle.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:58 AM   #33
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Oh, and I, too, "only" cook for two. But when I get up in the morning and decide on the day's meals, I like options, not having to get in the car to go get dinner. When we lived in Florida, I fed my extended family a lot, so the freezer was a necessity (for example when turkey would go on sale during the holidays for next to nothing, I'd buy one every time I hit the grocery store and usually had one in the freezer, I couldn't do that now).
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Old 01-25-2011, 08:42 AM   #34
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I wonder sometimes if I should ditch the chest freezer. It's full and it doesn't get opened for weeks at a time.
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I found this 5 year old roast. Do you think it's safe to eat?
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:20 AM   #35
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I found this 5 year old roast. Do you think it's safe to eat?
It depends on how long you left it on the stove after cooking it...
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:08 AM   #36
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It depends on how long you left it on the stove after cooking it...
Plus how long it sat in the refrigerator before freezing it
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Old 01-25-2011, 11:15 AM   #37
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That's why I don't bought a huge quantity of food that we rarely eat. it happened to me before and still sometimes today.
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Oh, and I, too, "only" cook for two. But when I get up in the morning and decide on the day's meals, I like options, not having to get in the car to go get dinner. When we lived in Florida, I fed my extended family a lot, so the freezer was a necessity (for example when turkey would go on sale during the holidays for next to nothing, I'd buy one every time I hit the grocery store and usually had one in the freezer, I couldn't do that now).
I am with you. I live about 30 miles from the nearest grocery store. I probably have over 50 lbs of meat in my freezer at all times. It is so nice to be able to decide what you want to have that day and just go and get it. Almolst every item in my freezer was bought on sale. And, I have the room to buy lots when they do go on sale. Like last month whole chickens were on for 5 bucks each, so I bought 8. I'm good to go until summer. I would hate to live without it.
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Which leads to:

I found this 5 year old roast. Do you think it's safe to eat?
ROFL!!! Exactly...except I would be too embarrassed to ask...I'd just throw it away.
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I am with you. I live about 30 miles from the nearest grocery store. I probably have over 50 lbs of meat in my freezer at all times. It is so nice to be able to decide what you want to have that day and just go and get it. Almolst every item in my freezer was bought on sale. And, I have the room to buy lots when they do go on sale. Like last month whole chickens were on for 5 bucks each, so I bought 8. I'm good to go until summer. I would hate to live without it.

Mine is treated more like an oubliette...stuff things in and forget them. Until I open it to stuff more and nothing will fit. I think my shopping habits have changed and it's time my storage habits changed, too.
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