A favorite blogger writes: "What has happened to all the women who are done with child-rearing? Young voices permeate the blogosphere." What do sixty-something women do with their lives, especially if they do not have full-time jobs? We're here to find that out.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Everyone tells you to label and date everything you put into the freezer, right? But then what? How do you keep it all from getting LOST in there? It's a little premature for me to post this, since it just happened yesterday, and this is FAR from the final resolution. But I do think these baskets (5.99 at the Container Store) are going to help me keep things in rough categories. At the very least, I can pull out each one and rummage through it. And there won't be stuff getting lost in the back.
I suppose that if most of your freezer contents are of the commercial packaged variety - neat boxes that stack - there would be less need for this. But I'm a saver of dribs and drabs - things that make cooking easier and less wasteful. Cubes of pesto and lemon juice. Blobs of caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms. Bits of leftover wine to deglaze a pan. Chopped herbs. Single servings of brown rice, various legumes (a snap to do in the Crockpot) and pasta (don't knock this til you've tried it).
Most of the top shelf consists of various forms of animal protein. For the last two months I've been working through this, trying to get it used up. You can see I still have a long way to go. Reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals made me aware as never before of the evils of factory farming. So I'm not buying any meats or poultry that aren't from small-scale sustainable sources - and even these I expect to cut way back on. Still, it doesn't seem right to discard what I already have, does it?