My frozen archives have got out of control. For a woman who lives alone, I have a ridiculous amount of stuff in my freezers. Yes, I have two, and they are both CRAMMED with leftover Silver Screen Suppers fodder and a vast amount of milk products and chillies. It is time for the annual “defrost and inventory” by my lovely chum Heather. For some reason I cannot bear to defrost my own versions of the Franz Josef Glacier. I think it is mostly because of the the guilt I feel about how long the Roland Young Rissoles have been hanging around the place uneaten since many Christmasses long gone. I am scared about what might happen if I ate those. What are the health risks? I need to know Roland, I need to know.
I have a small freezer on top of my fridge – this evening around 8pm it looked like this:
but thanks to Heather after around 15 minutes it looked like this – no kidding.
How did she do it? Two hairdryers.
Then she decided that she’d have a go at the BIG freezer that Santa Claus brought me last year and is absolutely FULL of nonsense. She did that too. She rolled her trousers up for this one and I don’t blame her. It was a big job.
When all was ice-free we rewarded ourselves with a Hedda Hopper cocktail and a gossip (seemed appropriate).
I can’t really report most of what was said but here’s the bit that made me laugh the most. Heather has a friend called Mo who is coming to visit from the USA very soon and she said:
H: Mo has had a number one.
Me: Oh my God, she had such LOVELY hair!
H: No, she’s had a number one hit record.
Mo is a songwriter. Not sure if a number one haircut translates outside of the UK – it’s basically shaving all your locks off. I am pleased to report that Mo still has her lovely long hair.
So what was in my freezers? Here’s the inventory of the small one with assorted comments from Heather and myself. We didn’t stock-check the big one, just zapped it with the hairdryers.
Greta Garbo’s Meatballs
Vincent Price’s Champagne Sauce
Nigel Slater’s Lentils
Vincent Price’s Hamburgers x 3
Helen Twelvetrees’ Sherry Gorgonzola
1 x Richard Dix’s Egg Nog Pie de Luxe
Vincent Price’s Chicken Veloute
Ottolenghi’s Meatballs (very excited to see that these exist!)
Ray Bolger’s Potato Balls
Heather’s comment about the above: “Some of these people should come and pick up some of their stuff”.
Heather announced what she found as she put each thing back in the freezer. I am listing this here more so that I can think about USING THEM UP than for any other reason, not sure why any of you would be bothered, unless you fancy coming round and helping me eat some of it.
A lot of carrots. An unidentified thing wrapped in foil that might be bacon. An unidentified thing wrapped in foil that might be sausages. Some courgette soup. A solitary slice of bread (she found this very amusing). Whipping cream, Pitta bread, prawns, cream cheese, lard, another lump of lard, more lard, sour cream “Don’t buy any more cream!” she yelled. Assorted chillies, Luciana sausage (this is for Rudolph Valentino’s Secret Spaghetti sauce when I get around to it), scotch bonnet peppers, unidentified meat (an expensive bit of steak I think), an extremely old bit of ginger, some pepperonata (Heather: “I think it says ‘Pamela’ written in gold pen.” Me: “who is Pamela?” Heather: “I don’t know but she’s been in here since 2009”), some pastry, a venison burger, “a bit of brown stuff and a smaller bit of brown stuff” (more ginger I reckon), and that, I think, is all.
So fresh from my Knoxapocalypse II challenge I hereby challenge myself to eat EVERYTHING that is in that freezer this month. To make way for a similarly ridiculous combination of stuff for next year’s annual defrost and inventory. I actually dread to think what is in the OTHER freezer but my goal is to eat my way through this one before making anything else that requires freezing or depleting the major frozen archives stock. Can I do it? I seriously doubt it.
This made me laugh. But please don’t eat anything that you can’t identify. It should go in the bin!
It is not at all ridiculous to have 1 slice of bread in the freezer. All single people know that the very best way to manage bread is to keep a sliced loaf in the freezer and use one or two slices as required. Especially for toast. So at some point, you end up with 1 slice left.
I try to keep track of freezer stuff by writing everything plus its date in a book before I put it in. Well, not everything – I don’t bother making a note of bread or ice cream, for some reason. And sometimes I forget altogether. And at other times I forget to cross things off the list as I use them, so can spend half an hour looking for some chicken wings that I actually used 3 months ago but didn’t take them off the list.
AHA Viv – I only just noticed this. You are brilliant. I have toyed with the idea of writing down what I put in the freezer. There are things in there that have been around for a looooooong time. And you are right about the bread. I HATE bread going mouldy and unless I’m in a supermarket that has those nice teeny tiny miniature loaves of hovis, a normal sized loaf takes ages to eat. So yes, one slice of toast in the freezer is GOOD. Especially when you get in from work starving and desperate for peanut butter!
Wow the hairdryer thing really works!
I had a terrifying freezer clear out a while back. Now I have a rule: 3/4s MUST be frozen veg (as it has a quick turnover) and anything else in there is either new or a second batch neatly labelled in a takeaway tub.
NO quarter portions of mystery stew in odd shaped freezer bags. For now anyway.
You are an inspiration! I will TRY and be better!
Hello, this is my first comment. Because today I defrosted the little freezer in my 84 year old mom’s 50 year old refrigerator, ice 2 inches thick, inside and out! I used a pot of hot water set inside – wait 10 minutes – chip away with a knife – slabs pried off and filled up the sink. …I unearthed a microwave packet of brown rice and vegetables, an empty pint of Ben and Jerry’s Drumstick ice cream, and a larger carton of Orange Vanilla swirl ice cream. Good to go for another month.
It’s kind of satisfying when those big chunks start dropping off!
I like the fact that I have two hairdryers in one hand and a beer in the other. That’s multi-tasking!
That’s the way to do it! I’m amazed you’ve never had a serious electric shock!