So, The Boy has decided that he’s going to take up hunting. Actually, the decision started little over a year ago when he inherited his uncle’s rifle collection. He didn’t go out right away last fall because he didn’t have enough time to properly prepare himself, but he’s getting squared away to go on a trip this year.
In our province, there are a number of rules you have to follow with regards to which animals you are allowed to kill and which ones you aren’t, depending on what your method of hunting is. If you want to use a rifle, and hunt something large like an elk or a moose (which a lot of people do), you have to enter into a lottery in order to win the chance to be allowed to hunt one. Other animals, like deer, you can buy a general tag to hunt. He is planning to hunt deer this year, as he hasn’t won a lottery for anything larger.
As it stands, he doesn’t have room in his freezers to hold an entire deer. He has a small freezer above his fridge, and a small (square) chest freezer in the basement. I have a larger chest freezer at my house (about twice the size of his), and that’s where a lot of the meat is likely going to end up.
The problem is, my freezer is also kind of full. For no good reason either.
I had little idea what was actually in my freezer, as I’m sadly in the habit of using and refilling the top layer, never actually getting to the bottom. I had an inkling of what I would find at the bottom, but that was about it. So, I emptied it out this weekend.
Let’s just say I need to do that a little more often, shall we?
I found stuff at the bottom of my freezer that I purchased during university. To give you a bit of a timeframe, I graduated five and a half years ago.
I found something dated 2006
It pains me to say this, but I threw away 2 grocery bags full of thoroughly freezer burnt food yesterday. Not my proudest moment. On the plus side though, I did manage to properly inventory the remaining contents of my freezer so I can actually use them up and make some space.
Fortunately, once I got rid of the really old stuff most of what I found was readily usable. That being said, I have an unusually large amount of fruit in my freezer. You’ll see what I mean about half way down:
- 3 meals of leftovers
- 3 GF bread loaf ends and 1/2 a full loaf (saving the ends for bread pudding)
- 2 GF cookies
- 1 GF pizza crust
- 1 GF bagel
- 1 sandwich bag of thanksgiving turkey
- 3 containers poultry stock
- 2.5 containers apple sauce
- 2 drumstick ice cream cones (for my bf)
- 5 creamsicles
- 2 bags misc chicken parts (left by previous roommate a while back)
- 2 chicken breasts
- 1 large grass fed sirloin steak
- 3 packages grass fed ground beef
- 30 bananas *hangs head*
- 2 sandwich bags stewing beef
- 2 containers orange juice concentrate
- 5 individual yogurt cups
- 1/2 bag peas
- 2 bags raspberries
- 1 tray pork sirloin chops
- 1/2 container home made pickled red cabbage
- 5 containers saskatoons
- 1 container blueberries
- 2 containers strawberries
- 1 container grapes
- 1 whole red pepper
- 1/2 bag mixed fruit
- 3 stalks lemongrass
- 1 bag kaffir lime leaves
Those 30 bananas are indicative of a habit I had when ordering produce through the organic box last year. Namely, I would order bananas expecting to eat them all, and then be left with a couple at the end of every week. Rather than alternating my banana orders, I would throw the left overs into the freezer in anticipation of making banana bread or smoothies. As you can see, I never really got around to that…
…and for that matter, smoothies might be a little difficult to do as it is. The attachment on my immersion blender conked out on me last week, so I need to replace the attachment before I can really use up a lot of the fruit.
Fortunately, since making the list I’ve taken out the bagel, one of the meals of leftovers, a container of orange juice and the pork chops. My goal for the time being is to cut this list at least in half before the end of November. That means, no more buying food that goes in the freezer for the next month!
It sounds like an easy enough task, but the difficult part is breaking the habits. It’s like paying off debt (everything is like paying off debt…), the concept of spend less than you earn is easy; actually putting it into action when you’re so in the habit of overspending is hard.
So, this means I have to get back into the habit of meal planning again. Which means I’ll likely spend less on groceries. Which means I’ll be able to save more money in the bank. Which helps my net worth go up.
It’s like it was meant to be.
I should tell him to go hunting more often…
I’m going to do some snooping around for some meal ideas on the internet, and I’ll report back on what I find. In the meantime, does anyone have a suggestion for what to do with 30 frozen bananas?
Recommended Reading: The 5 Stupidest Habits You Develop Growing Up Poor