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Old 03-13-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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Mystery Meals

OK, I know you've done it. You can confess it here. Have you ever gone to the back or bottom of your freezer or pantry, and found something there and not had any idea what it was? I thought I'd gotten better about labeling stuff, but found something today. I'll tell you about it, if you confess to me, first!


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Old 03-13-2011, 09:06 PM   #2
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Thought I was pulling out a sloppily filled container of lasagna to take to work for lunch. When it was nuked, found that I had a thick chili that had been tailored to fill burritos. Yes, and there have been others, usually, mystery broths that turned out to be something else.

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Old 03-13-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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I've ended up with raw hamburger or fish in my work lunch...I quit pulling things from the freezer for lunch.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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Doesn't happen much here. Nothing comes to mind other than the mystery containers with something or other furry that we may never figure out.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:30 PM   #5
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i just did that a few times recently.

what i thought was a frozen quart of meatballs and sausage ended up being big chunks of grilled pork shoulder that i threw togerher with leftover tomato sauce. nuked and plated with a side of potato chips, it was a fine 3am lunch.

then, what i thought was turkey gravy ended up being yellow lentil soup. it was pretty good nuked and ladled over an open face turkey sandwich.

i did end up finding the gravy. after taking it to work, my lunch that night was a turkey gravy sandwich, lol, and a bag of chips.
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:38 PM   #6
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Our recent thread about what's in the freezer got me better about marking things.

I've ended up with mystery meals so many times I can't remember them all. I usually just make do with whatever it is.

Thanks for the chuckle BT. Sometimes making do ends up being very delicious!

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Old 03-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #7
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i did end up finding the gravy. after taking it to work, my lunch that night was a turkey gravy sandwich, lol, and a bag of chips.
Nothing wrong with that. In our house, we call that "gravy bread." I love gravy over homemade bread as a lunch.

As for mystery food? Doesn't happen here much, but a while back I took out what I thought was homemade chicken broth. Nope. It was homemade fish stock. Not exactly what I had in mind for the dish I was preparing.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:27 PM   #8
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Not since I became serious about my freezer. ;)
My mother's freezer was a scary place... things checked in, but they never checked out. No registration needed.

When I moved in with dad after Mom went to the great diner in the sky, there was 3 year old bread, 7 year old whole chickens and more mystery than Holmes could shake a stick at!

I have a list on my freezer door with things listed by shelf. And if I put it in there, it has ID and date.

Mysterious freezers scare me.

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Old 03-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #9
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Well, today it was something I am sure I thought I'd completely labeled at the time ..."mushroom beef stock". OK. I started to thaw it, and it had slices of chili peppers in it (I assumed we were going for stroganof). Then ... well, My husband and I looked at it together, and bless is soul, he said whatever, you've never fixed a bad meal. .. oh, by the way, how about adding the last of that harissa I made last week? We wound up with a delicious meal, but we both,as cleaning up, looked at each other and said, holey moley, what did we just eat?
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:39 AM   #10
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I'm far to anal with our two freezers, I use a foodsaver and color co-0rdinate the label.
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