I was supposed to be emptying the freezer but I've just about given up. I seem to be filling it more and more every day, in fact the large chest freezer is virtually full to the top. In my mission to use up everything that is fresh and tasty whilst it still is fresh and tasty I am freezing all sorts of things. The other day I made up these handy 'stew packs' whilst I was making a Lamb Stew for Lovely Hubby's tea.
I was chopping up carrots and onions and I suddenly thought why don't I just use up all the carrots and potatoes and half of the onions that I had in store while I already had my knife and chopping board at the ready. After all it's just as easy to keep chopping while you are in the mood and if it saves time and washing up at a later date when perhaps you might not be in the mood why not just carry on with the job in hand!!
So ten minutes later I had enough veggies chopped for the Lamb Stew and enough extra chopped to make up five tubs of Stew Mix. Simply popped in the freezer after labelling they are all sat ready for action to be turned into whatever takes our fancy. Of course they are labelled Stew Mix, but they can also be thawed, whizzed briefly in the food processor to chop them a bit more finely and then quickly cooked into a tasty soup. There is a myriad of uses for a tub of basically prepared potato, onion, celery and carrot.
What would you turn one into?
If you leave a comment with a really inspiring idea I'll give it a go, write a post about it and send you a little something just to say thank you!!
Of course the Lamb Stew also produced three good sized portions so two of them went into the freezer once they had cooled down. There's really not a lot of space in there and in lots of ways I am very relieved. Next years main Challenge and yes, I am giving that a capital 'C', is going to need every bit of food we have in store.
I almost can't wait to begin, but in the meantime I am making good use of everything we have in stock, and carefully building some supplies of basic necessities I also have an Approved Food order about to arrive so that will bulk out the supplies a little bit more (and I might have accidentally ordered a few chocolatey bits for Christmas....big happy grin lights up my face!!).