The trouble is, they are all full right now. (What a blessing!)
While I don’t intend to completely empty them, I do want to make plenty of room for at least 12 turkeys (we cook one a month throughout the year) and 6-8 hams. I also want to use up anything that’s been in there for too long.
We’re eating turkey this week, and I pulled a ham from the freezer today to defrost. I actually ended up with 15 turkeys last year, so I have a bit of extra meat. I’ll cook some and freeze the meat to use in meals for a quick dish. I’ll be cooking another turkey this month as well.
I’m going through them to use up what needs to be used. Here’s what I’m making to be certain I don’t waste food. Even food that is a little freezer burnt can be eaten this way.
Alphabet Soup: You can get creative with the vegetables on this one. Today’s soup had tomatoes, bell peppers, great northern beans, corn, green beans, broccoli, celery, onions, carrots, a little spaghetti sauce, spinach, and zucchini. I didn’t have any beef base so I just left it out. Almost everyone had thirds.
Smoothies: I’m planning smoothies with lots of frozen fruit as well as canned fruit.
Popsicles: Make smoothies (single fruit or a blend) and freeze in popsicle molds. It’s still hot enough to run the a/c here (I tried turning it off during the day but it was 83º in the house when I did that) so they can eat their popsicles outside.
Fruit Crumble: A great way to use up any fruit (either a single fruit or a blend of fruits). I won’t use all of the fruit, as part of my reason for freezing it when it was ripe was so that I could make fruit crumble and smoothies at other times. Still, there’s a lot of fruit there! I know we’ll be enjoying some.
Stir Fry: Any and all vegetables are fair game here! It’s also a great way for me to use some turkey.
Soups: I plan on using all of the broth in the freezer. Turkey will be great in several soups. All of the beans will get used, too, including in soups (including minestrone and rosemary white bean soup). I can always cook large batches of beans again later to fit in around the turkeys.
Are you eating down your pantry and freezer this month in preparation for the great November and December sales?