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    Our 20 year old fridge is making really ugly noises. DH warns me it is only a matter of time before the compressor goes.

    So my challenge for November is to use up as much of this stuff as possible to make the transition easier, since our garage freezer is full and can't take this lot. Much of this is open packages or leftovers with one or two servings in them.

    puff pastry
    pot pie filling
    meatballs (dinner)
    kielbasa (dinner)
    tomato sauce (pizza)
    roasted tomatoes (pasta)
    whole tomatoes (soup)
    dirty rice (dinner)
    peas
    bbq beef (for bbq beans)
    pesto
    won ton wraps (chinese dumplings)
    choc chips
    cheesy corn
    refried beans
    cube steak (dinner)
    chicken thighs (fajitas)
    pierogies
    breakfast sausg
    ground pork (chinese dumplings)
    pot roast
    green chilis
    cincy chili (chili dogs)
    chicken breast
    refried beans
    walnuts
    short ribs (dinner)
    ham end (soup)
    tamales
    sauerkraut
    smoked pork
    corned beef
    maple sausage (pigs in blankets)
    bbq pork
    baked beans
    hot dogs (chili dogs)

    Going to get a head start by killing the cheesy corn and kielbasa this week and then do some serious menu planning for November.

    Let's hope we run out of food before we run out of fridge!
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    I see tamales, green chiles, and cheesy corn...sounds like a mexican casserole to me.

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    A 20 yr old refrig ...that is good, really.
    My DIL who works for her parents in a used appliance store, will tell you that anything past 7 yrs old is good. They are making appliances cheaper nowadays so they don't hold up, like they should.
    Our current frig is less than 2 yrs old. The one we replaced we should not have. It quit. Hubby pulled it out on the deck and it ended up going to the DIL's father's place because it was going to get recycled. They plugged it in, and it worked. So they sold it as a working machine. What happened was it got backed up in one of the lines, and when the whole thing defrosted from sitting unplugged, the line emptied out. So when turned back on, it worked.
    Another thing you can check is to make sure underneath it, has been cleaned out. Dust buildup can do a number on moters, etc.

    We have 2 upright freezers btw. One is less than 2 yrs old, the other one is 36 years old. Both are currently running.

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    Good luck on your challenge! You've got lots to work with!
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    Double agree on the vaccumning. Did that about a month ago. My motor was running almost constantly. Now it's quiet. Replacing that fridge asap should save bi bucks on electric though.

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    How is it going on the clean out? There was alot of food there.
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    I'm tracking it in my blog.

    https://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/blog.php?u=10262

    Making good progress so far.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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    I need to do this too. Mine has begun to make the wierd noises occasionally. I hope it lasts for a while. I have so many other things to get before I have time or money to worry about a fridge.

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