As my family grows older (and the kids take on more sporting activities) there is a definite increase in the amount of food that is being consumed.
My grocery philosophy has always been to buy just what we need for the next 7 days – and this has worked to date. But I’m noticing a change in the volume of food the Wright’s are working their way through.
In particular rather than fridge food, it’s the store cupboard items that seem to be disappearing at the speed of light.
Bagels, crumpets, croissants, crackers, granola bars and the list goes on…
The most frequently asked question at Chez Wright is ‘do we have any bagels left?’ – and the most frequent answer is ‘no sorry, you ate the last one earlier’.
Time to utilise the freezer more me thinks. Just one problem, it’s not very big and also I use it predominately to reduce food waste not to store additional foodstuffs in case we run out.
Currently it’s holding frozen fruit, vegetables, a few bread rolls plus frozen veggie scraps that I keep to make homemade stock for soups and casseroles.
(Image below is of a typical freezer for me it’s not todays… )
The question is, as my family grows – should the size of my freezing capacity?
An addition of a chest freezer may solve my problem – in there I could freeze additional breads, soups and get in a routine of batch cooking certain meals to keep for emergencies.
My dilemma is whether the additional space will be truly useful, or whether additional storage can make a person lazy and ultimately lead to more food waste as items are stockpiled and not used up.
So I’m looking for some advice on freezers. How do you use yours? Is it a valuable appliance that makes life easier, or does it lead to unorganised stockpiles of food that just go to waste? What do you put in your freezer? How do you keep it organised? Particularly chest freezers where a mountain of indistinguishable items can easily develop?
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