Friday, 4 March 2016

Day 64 - Re-organising the Freezers


At the weekend we had a homemade crumble from the freezer for dessert .....


... as you can see  from this photo we have quite a stack of them in the small freezer, on this shelf and the one below it.  The tin foil dishes are simply filled with chopped homegrown apples and blackberries right up to the top and then lidded and labelled.  When we want a crumble I take off the top and add a layer of crumble, which I store separately in the tubs on top.  Doing it this way means you get lots of fruit but there is still just enough room on the top of the foil tray once the little edges are folded up when you remove the lid.  

And if you want a pie or cobbler you can simply add a pastry or scone topping to it, or of course you can just tip out the fruit and use it in something completely different.  It's nice not to limit your options.

It was while doing this and taking the photograph that I realised we don't eat crumble that often and yet here they all were taking up the most useful shelf of the small kitchen freezer, so I set to and  inventoried the contents of this freezer ... and then rearranged the contents of both freezers to be more user friendly.  Of course this meant updating my whole inventory which thanks to it being saved on the computer was not too time consuming to do.

Now the plan is to regularly move into the smaller freezer all the things that will be used up first and start to get into the habit of using the chest freezer for long term storage, which is the plan for it when it's moved into the workshop.

Today is a No Spend Day

9 comments:

  1. Hubby is a bit concerned that there wouldn't be enough room for lots of crumble in these foil dishes :)
    I do this with my freezers. We keep all our everyday and "to use up stuff" in the kitchen freezer, freezer No 2 has meat,bread and fish and our chest freezer is full of garden produce.

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    1. Haha ... there is!! By the time you have folded up the edges and piled on the crumble mix there is a good layer to tuck into to :-)

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  2. This sounds a great way to store your fruit which as you say keeps its use very versatile.
    Kerry our younger daughter likes the crumble topping too and would be worried in the same way as your hubby. Fortunately she is grown up and doesn't live at home any longer so not a problem and there is room for enough crumble for us

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    1. For Roger, that's the best bit. I think deeper dishes are needed :)

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  3. I froze cooked apple in a muffin tray. I tipped the little pucks out into a bag. We can just grap one/two for a crumble, or to have with porridge etc. Its great having it at your finger tips.

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  4. What a great idea. I never think to use muffin trays for freezing.

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  5. I sauté apples with a bit of cinnamon and sugar, dump a prepackaged white or yellow cake mix on top, slice a stick and a half of butter and sprinkle around on top and bake. Dump cakes were popular here, in the US, inthe 80's. I still make them with various fruits. So easy.

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  6. Great post and as always, more useful information. Thanks Sue

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