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    Default What's in your freezer?

    I've searched to see if there is a thread on this and I have not found it thus far.
    I'm just starting the stockpiling concept and I'm trying to figure out what I need to keep in my freezer as I already read the pantry sticky and it gave me great ideas!
    I have two freezers, a chest freezer and a stand up freezer. I'm wondering what are the staples you keep in your freezers. I have been stockpiling ground turkey in the one pound packs because we use a lot of that, but I'm trying to make a list of things I should always have on hand.
    Any ideas are appreciated!
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    A turkey. I always buy an extra when they go on sale for Thanksgiving. We dont eat it for Christmas, we have ham then, but sometime in January when we have hardly any money we eat it and can live off of it for days.
    I also like to have a couple roasts extra in there as you can do alot with them

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    1/4 steer

    vodka

    a few packs of bacon from last year's pig

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    I like to stockpile local fruits/veggies in the summer and freeze them. But, even if it is not 'in-season' I like to keep plenty of bags of frozen veggies in the freezer for quick soups and casseroles. I have: 4qts shredded zucchini, 8qts strawberries, 5qts blueberries, 4qts corn, 2 bags broccoli florets, 1 bag broccoli cuts, 2 bags peas, 2 bags black-eyed peas, 1 qt butternut squash puree, 1 bag cut carrots, 1 bag mixed stir-fry veggies

    I buy my meat on markdown, so I never pre-plan what meats I buy. My freezer is full of chicken, beef and turkey cuts that I have gotten cheap. At this time I have about a two month supply of various meats. I have: 1 beef roast, 4 lbs stew beef, 6lbs ground beef, 2lbs ground turkey, 1 lb sweet italian sausage, 1.5lbs hot italian sausage, 3 whole chickens, ~10lbs various different chicken cuts, 2 pkgs breakfast sausage, 4lbs bacon, 3 lbs pork sausage and ~1lb of diced ham.

    I also keep bread that I pick up on markdown in the freezer. I'm a little low here as I have been trying to bake more of our bread again. I only have a couple of packages of dinner rolls and 2 pkgs of bagels.

    At this moment I also have: 3lbs of butter I've picked up on sale to use in baking over the winter, 5lbs whole wheat flour, bulk yeast, 2 ham bones, 4 cheap-o frozen pizzas, 1/2 gallon ice cream, 2 containers of whipped topping, 3 Mrs. Smiths Pies, 4 apple juice concentrate and one container of homemade salsa.

    I keep bottles of water in there for emergencies and to help keep the freezer cold longer if we happen to lose power. I also generally have various containers of stews and casseroles that I have made ahead of time.
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    We have two large chest freezers. One is for seafood and the other is meats and vegetables.

    In the seafood freezer:

    100 lbs. Shrimp, seperated into 5 lb, 3 lb and 1 lb. portions.
    30 lbs. of crab meat, seperated into portions.
    10 lbs. Catfish, in meal portions.
    15 lbs. Flounder, in meal portions.
    5 lbs. Brim, in meal portions.

    In meat & vegetable freezer:

    20 lbs. deer hamburger in 1 lb. packages
    15 lbs. deer sausage in 1 lb. packages
    10 lbs. deer stew meat in 1 lb packages
    25 lbs. deer cubed steak in 1 lb packages
    1 15 lb turkey, whole
    1 6 lb turkey breast
    3 whole chickens
    3 family packs of chicken wings
    1 20 lb. smoked ham
    2 5-6 lb. boneless deer roasts
    10 qts. creamed corn from garden
    20 qts. field peas from garden
    6 qts tomatoes from garden
    8 qts ford hook lima's from garden
    6 qts okra from garden
    8 qts green beans from garden

    I just pray the electricity doesn't go out for any length of time, LOL. The ham and turkey will be cooked at Christmas and I'm steady picking away at the shrimp and the deer meat.

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    Lots and lots of frozen veggies and fruit (mainly berries, mango and peaches), whole chickens, chicken thighs, chicken breasts, hamburger, ground bison, beef stew meat, pork loin, pork chops, baked brown rice, tons and tons of stock made from chicken carcasses, bread from the thrift store.... I need to stock up more actually.

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    Just off the top of my head...

    4 whole turkeys
    10 qts homemade spaghetti sauce
    6 qts homemade apple pie filling
    homemade sweet bread
    homemade muffins
    2 boneless hams

    --- I cannot think of all of it. We have one chest freezer and two fridge/freezers. They are all pretty full and I haven't done a freezer inventory in a while. No time to yet either.

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    That is awesome! My DH is Native American and can get 5 deer a year and usually doesn't because he usually gives a good part of it to his brother. This year, I am having him get the full load and bring it home so we can do these things. We have a grinder and I'm gonna go to town! LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by MarshHen View Post
    We have two large chest freezers. One is for seafood and the other is meats and vegetables.

    In the seafood freezer:

    100 lbs. Shrimp, seperated into 5 lb, 3 lb and 1 lb. portions.
    30 lbs. of crab meat, seperated into portions.
    10 lbs. Catfish, in meal portions.
    15 lbs. Flounder, in meal portions.
    5 lbs. Brim, in meal portions.

    In meat & vegetable freezer:

    20 lbs. deer hamburger in 1 lb. packages
    15 lbs. deer sausage in 1 lb. packages
    10 lbs. deer stew meat in 1 lb packages
    25 lbs. deer cubed steak in 1 lb packages
    1 15 lb turkey, whole
    1 6 lb turkey breast
    3 whole chickens
    3 family packs of chicken wings
    1 20 lb. smoked ham
    2 5-6 lb. boneless deer roasts
    10 qts. creamed corn from garden
    20 qts. field peas from garden
    6 qts tomatoes from garden
    8 qts ford hook lima's from garden
    6 qts okra from garden
    8 qts green beans from garden

    I just pray the electricity doesn't go out for any length of time, LOL. The ham and turkey will be cooked at Christmas and I'm steady picking away at the shrimp and the deer meat.
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    We have a small upright freezer (which is in the kitchen), a normal fridge freezer in the laundry and a small chest freezer in the shed. At the moment we have
    ~about 1.5 - 2 lambs cut up into roasts and chops
    ~A few bits of lamb mince (need to get more)
    ~a couple of packets of chicken snitzels (need to get more of these too)
    ~ice cream
    ~frozen vegies
    ~heaps of lambs fry(DBF love it)
    ~a package or two of home stewed apples
    ~parsley stalks (to throw in the next stock or corned beef)
    ~various cakes and muffins (individually wrapped) for kids lunchboxes

    probably other stuff but can't think right now

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    Frozen (lol) fish, bags veg, minced turkey, bread, sausages, bacon joint, a pizza, cheating roast potatoes and parsnips for Christmas, various single portions of home made stuff like pasta sauce and soup, ice cream (unusual for us but DH bought at weekend) and some mystery unlabelled bags (homemade though!). I need to clear it out as I'd love a turkey in there as they are half price at the moment but it's full of 'stuff'.

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    I only have the small freezer that comes with the upright fridge, so stockpiling anything is out of the question although I would LOVE to. I shop weekly, so most of what's in the freezer is stuff for quick and easy dinners for DBF when I am not home.

    veggies
    meatballs
    boneless skinless chick. breasts
    breaded chick. patties
    2 cheap frozen pizzas
    ground beef
    ice cream
    ice pops (free, grandma didn't want them)
    seasoned fries
    garlic bread
    hash browns
    burritos
    Last edited by Kitten20; 12-11-2007 at 12:10 PM.

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