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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #50 on: June 02, 2019, 12:12:45 PM »
Today we came back from a canoeing trip in Sweden. We also bought some good bargain meat there, so the freezer is full again. As we were home late, we ate two leftover portions, one kale with potato and one tropical stir fry thing.

I think week we should eat: fiddleheads with meat, pasta with blue cheese and stinging nettle or some other green, something with applesauce and a dish with the porcini chunks.
« Last Edit: June 03, 2019, 06:30:56 AM by Linea_Norway »

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #51 on: June 03, 2019, 06:29:52 AM »
I think we're going to have a clean-out-the-freezer week or two starting next week.  My freezers are full and I really need to organize and get a handle on what's actually there.  I know there is quite a bit of meat that I've gotten on sale lately.  There are also between 15-20, at least, freezer meals that we need to work on.

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #52 on: June 04, 2019, 12:50:13 AM »
- Chinese cabbage. 1 bag (1 meal for 2 people)
- Minced meat. Several portions.
- Beef.  2 single portions.
- Some chicken boneless thighs. 2 1 portions for 2 people.
- Broccoli stem. I think there is only 1, so not quite enough for a meal, but maybe mixed with other stuff.
- Bread stumps. To be made into bread crumbs.
- Fish fillets cod. 1 meal for 2 people left.
- One portions of leftover kale with potatoes.
- Sea kale (strandkål) flower heads (broccoli like food). 2 bags = 2-3 meals for 2 people.
- Sea kale young leaves. 1 bag = 1-2 meals for 2 people.
(I also had a shitload of not so young sea kale leaves and made them into sauerkraut, which needs to ferment for another 5 weeks.)
- Fiddleheads (strutseving). 5 x 2 persons portions, 1 portion overcooked.
- Wild garlic (ramsløk) frozen in cubes. 1 box with 20 or so cubes.
- Wild garlic frozen as whole leaves. 2 bags.
- Ground elder/Bishop's weed (skvallerkål), frozen as leaves. 1 bag.
- Good King Henry/Poor man's asparagus (stolt henrik). 2 1 bag. Can be used like spinach.
- Alliaria petiolata (løkurt, no english name). 2 bags. Tastes like union. To be used as herb.
- Common sorrel (engsyre). 1 small bag, but I will pick more. To be used as herb.
- Orpine leaves (smørbukk). 2 small bags. I have already been using it a bit. Doesn't take too much place as it is quite flat.
- Bittercress (vinterkarse). 1 small bag. Not very good for eating directly. to be mixed with other food.
- Caraway (karve). 1 or 2 1,5 bag with leaves. 1 box with roots.
- Stinging nettle (brennesle). 1 or 2  bags.
- Broadleaf plantain (groblad). 1 small bag. Need to pick a lot more. Season just started.
- Spinach. 1 small bag of cubes.
- Fruits of wych elm (alm). 2 bags.
- Cicely (Myrrhis odorata, spansk kjørvel). Is sweet, can be used in cakes. It use it occasionally when I bake stuff.
- Frozen coriander leaves. 2 bags, bought to be used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Lime leaves. 1 bag. Used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Dark grapes from DH's vines. 1 small bag.
- White grapes from DH's vines. 1 very small bag.
- Blueberries.
- Raspberries.
- Bananas in slices. 2 bags?
- Whole, medium size porcini (steinsopp) mushrooms. 1 bag, enough for several meals.
- Cortinarius caperatus mushroom (rimsopp). 1 bag, 2 meals.
- Porcini in small cuts (steinsopp). 1 bag.
- Reindeer fillets, 4 packs.
- Deer meat.
- Sausages, 2 packs.

We shopped new, cheap meat in Sweden the other day, which I added at the end of the list.
« Last Edit: June 04, 2019, 12:53:11 AM by Linea_Norway »

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #53 on: June 04, 2019, 03:25:16 AM »
I have started! :-)

I wanted to join this challenge earlier when I had to leave my job and felt I had a lot of time declutter house and freezer, then my life turned upside down (DH wants divorce and this took the last of my energy). Now I am back with more energy most days and have started done a come-back with decluttering the house and I have also done some effort with the freezer! Or should I say freezers -we have one smaller in kitchen and one larger in garage.

My rules are:
* get rid of everything we don't eat regularly. I have two small kids so there are some things we need/want to keep in the freezer: frozen peas, frozen spinach for example. Things like this does not need extra/targeted plan to eat, it will just stay in there, gets eaten regularly and gets replenished. This also goes for my frozen fruit and berries for breakfast porridge. But weird stuff needs to either get eaten soon or thrown away.
* no more buying of ice cream until stock has decreased to 1 package. is gone totally. We buy regularly but my kids don't eat that often. But summer is coming so I believe it will decrease naturally. Also, we have had kid birthday party, which added to the stock.
* frozen fish: we have a lot, mainly salmon, but I think some has gone bad: defrost and check - throw away or use. This is high priority as it does not get better with time. I will mainly use this for my lunches.
* bread: use or lose. I am fine with bread in freezer but I know we have some oldish
* ready made food/leftovers: this is fine as I eat regularly but I need to collect them in one place and make a list
* chicken/meat: this will be responsibility for DH mainly but I will gather for him and make a list. I will probably also use some of it once I know what we have
* other weird stuff/odds and ends - this is the most interresting part. I will need to make a list and decide If there is anything I want to use. If so - decide recipe and use, if not -> throw away.

Well, it's pretty clear I need to make a full list. It will not happen today as I need to run errands. Possibly tonight, otherwise tomorrow.

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #54 on: June 04, 2019, 03:27:20 AM »
I should have added:
* defrosted some fish, it did not smell ok so it was thrown away. I feel bad for throwing away food though.
* I have used up a couple of items already

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #55 on: June 04, 2019, 06:22:29 AM »
@LinneaH, nice that you now have the energy to think ahead again and are declutting home and freezers.

I think fish has a relatively short freezer life, like a couple of months. Compared to wild meat (moose/reindeer), which has several years in the freezer. I think it has something to do with the amount of FAT in it.

Old bread can be dried in a food drier or in the oven and made small to bread-crumbs. I have leftover stumps every day. Once I made a dish with bread (a bread cake), but it wasn't exactly what I expected of it. But on the other hand, what will I do with so much bread-crumbs?

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #56 on: June 04, 2019, 08:40:21 AM »
Just finished my grocery order for next week and it looks like I'll get away with not buying any proteins this week.  The grocery stores are having a bit of a Memorial Day sale hangover and the loss leaders aren't anything to get excited about.  This is as good of a time as any to work on cleaning out the freezer.  It's a good thing too, because I've got my kid's birthday party coming up.  I stocked up on hot dogs on Memorial Day, so we'll do hot dogs and chips and drinks for ~6 kids plus their parents.

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #57 on: June 10, 2019, 11:24:27 AM »
- Chinese cabbage. 1 bag (1 meal for 2 people)
- Minced meat. Several portions.
- Beef.  2 single portions.
- Some chicken boneless thighs. 2 1 portions for 2 people.
- Broccoli stem. I think there is only 1, so not quite enough for a meal, but maybe mixed with other stuff.
- Bread stumps. To be made into bread crumbs.
- Fish fillets cod. 1 meal for 2 people left.
- One portions of leftover kale with potatoes.
- Sea kale (strandkål) flower heads (broccoli like food). 2 bags = 2-3 meals for 2 people.
- Sea kale young leaves. 1 bag = 1-2 meals for 2 people.
(I also had a shitload of not so young sea kale leaves and made them into sauerkraut, which needs to ferment for another 5 weeks.)
- Fiddleheads (strutseving). 5 x 2 persons portions, 1 portion overcooked.
- Wild garlic (ramsløk) frozen in cubes. 1 box with 20 or so cubes.
- Wild garlic frozen as whole leaves. 2 bags.
- Ground elder/Bishop's weed (skvallerkål), frozen as leaves. 1 bag.
- Good King Henry/Poor man's asparagus (stolt henrik). 2 1 bag. Can be used like spinach.
- Alliaria petiolata (løkurt, no english name). 2 bags. Tastes like union. To be used as herb.
- Common sorrel (engsyre). 1 small bag, but I will pick more. To be used as herb.
- Orpine leaves (smørbukk). 2 small bags. I have already been using it a bit. Doesn't take too much place as it is quite flat.
- Bittercress (vinterkarse). 1 small bag. Not very good for eating directly. to be mixed with other food.
- Caraway (karve). 1 or 2 1,5 bag with leaves. 1 box with roots.
- Stinging nettle (brennesle). 1 or 2  bags.
- Broadleaf plantain (groblad). 1 small bag. Need to pick a lot more. Season just started.
- Spinach. 1 small bag of cubes.
- Fruits of wych elm (alm). 2 bags.
- Cicely (Myrrhis odorata, spansk kjørvel). Is sweet, can be used in cakes. It use it occasionally when I bake stuff.
- Frozen coriander leaves. 2 bags, bought to be used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Lime leaves. 1 bag. Used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Dark grapes from DH's vines. 1 small bag.
- White grapes from DH's vines. 1 very small bag.
- Blueberries.
- Raspberries.
- Bananas in slices.
- Tiny strawberries
- Whole, medium size porcini (steinsopp) mushrooms. 1 bag, enough for several meals.
- Cortinarius caperatus mushroom (rimsopp). 1 bag, 2 meals.
- Porcini in small cuts (steinsopp). 1 bag.
- Reindeer fillets, 4 packs.
- Deer meat.
- Sausages, 2 packs.
- Apple pear sauce

I made banana/strawberrie milkshake (bananas were leftover from work, the strawberries from our own garden). And we ate the deer meat over 2 dinners, today with apple/pear sauce from leftover fruit from work.

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #58 on: July 11, 2019, 04:00:04 AM »
- Chinese cabbage. 1 bag (1 meal for 2 people)
- Minced meat. Several portions.
- Beef.  2 single portions.
- Some chicken boneless thighs. 2 1 portions for 2 people.
- Broccoli stem. I think there is only 1, so not quite enough for a meal, but maybe mixed with other stuff.
- Bread stumps. To be made into bread crumbs.
- Fish fillets cod. 1 meal for 2 people left.
- One portions of leftover kale with potatoes.
- Sea kale (strandkål) flower heads (broccoli like food). 2 bags = 2-3 meals for 2 people.
- Sea kale young leaves. 1 bag = 1-2 meals for 2 people.
(I also had a shitload of not so young sea kale leaves and made them into sauerkraut, which needs to ferment for another 5 weeks.)
- Fiddleheads (strutseving). 5 3 x 2 persons portions, 1 portion overcooked.
- Wild garlic (ramsløk) frozen in cubes. 1 box with 20 or so cubes.
- Wild garlic frozen as whole leaves. 2 1 bags.
- Ground elder/Bishop's weed (skvallerkål), frozen as leaves. 1 bag.
- Good King Henry/Poor man's asparagus (stolt henrik). Can be used like spinach.
- Alliaria petiolata (løkurt, no english name). 2 bags. Tastes like union. To be used as herb.
- Common sorrel (engsyre). 1 small bag, but I will pick more. To be used as herb.
- Orpine leaves (smørbukk). 2 small bags. I have already been using it a bit. Doesn't take too much place as it is quite flat.
- Bittercress (vinterkarse). 1 small bag. Not very good for eating directly. to be mixed with other food.
- Caraway (karve). 1 or 2 1,5 bag with leaves. 1 box with roots.
- Stinging nettle (brennesle). 1 or 2  bags.
- Broadleaf plantain (groblad). 1 small bag. Need to pick a lot more. Season just started.
- Spinach. 1 small bag of cubes.
- Fruits of wych elm (alm). 2 1 bag.
- Cicely (Myrrhis odorata, spansk kjørvel). Is sweet, can be used in cakes. It use it occasionally when I bake stuff.
- Frozen coriander leaves. 2 bags, bought to be used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Lime leaves. 1 bag. Used as spice. No hurry to empty.
- Dark grapes from DH's vines. 1 small bag.
- White grapes from DH's vines. 1 very small bag.
- Blueberries.
- Raspberries.
- Bananas in slices. A few new bags of slices bananas (leftover from work).
- Tiny strawberries
- Whole, medium size porcini (steinsopp) mushrooms. 1 bag, enough for several meals.
- Cortinarius caperatus mushroom (rimsopp). 1 bag, 2 meals.
- Porcini in small cuts (steinsopp). 1 bag.
- Reindeer fillets, 4 3 packs.
- Deer meat.
- Sausages, 2 packs.
- Apple pear sauce

I have saved quite some money in the past 2 weeks from eating from the freezer.

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Re: Empty the freezer
« Reply #59 on: July 16, 2019, 09:14:20 AM »
I pan seared some garlic scapes and then dehydrated them.  Hard to stop eating them before my backpack trip.  Delicious.   You could try that, too.   At least things move out of the freezer and become smaller and store in the dry pantry that way.