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Cooking from the Freezer

Signing up for my CSA back in February reminded me that spring’s coming soon. Once the CSA starts up again we’ll have more produce than we can deal with, so we’d better get through what we still have on hand from last year. With that in mind, I tried to clean out my bursting freezer last week.

Before

After

Some highlights:

  • bananas went into banana bread
  • shredded zucchini went into chocolate zucchini cake
  • sliced apples went into apple crisp and applesauce (as you can see, there’s still some left)
  • parsnips, turnips, mashed potatoes, chopped onion, and cooked rice went into a surprisingly delicious improvised soup (cooked in my slow cooker!)
  • chik’n strips, corn, and tortillas (and canned salsa) went into a chik’n tortilla soup
  • and a lone sweet potato burrito went into my belly

Putting up food is no good if you don’t ever get around to eating it. I tend to have an out-of-sight, out-of-mind problem, so attacking my freezer with this focused mindset is really necessary. Next project: cleaning out the pantry.

Any advice for making breadcrumbs or croutons? I’ve never made my own before, and I think fully half of what’s still left in the freezer are ends of French and Italian bread. Much like soup stock, I know it should be easy, but I’m intimidated.

Comments

Comment from Danielle
Time March 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

You can thaw-toast-throw in food processor, or you can grate them (sounds weird but works). Another thing you can do with bread ends (if you have a lot) is make strata.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 19, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Thanks! Do you flavor them at all?

Comment from Sharon
Time March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Oh, STRATA! We had one this weekend–so good. Easy dish, so delicious, great leftovers. Just make sure you remember to assemble it ahead of time so the egg can soak into the bread before you put it in the oven.

Once again, you’ve got me thinking. I have now planned two meals out of the freezer. I’m really bad about planning far enough ahead to cook frozen foods (except the prepared kind!).

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