A freezer stocking frenzy

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I’ve been stocking up the freezer. I’ve amassed quite an edible stash. There are 35 double portions of hand-made meals in plastic containers, plus 10 single portions of random things. That’s 80 individual meals, frozen in time.

There’s a good reason for this bizarre hoarding. We have just embarked on a back-of-house extension and kitchen renovation, which will render us kitchen-less for about eight weeks. The fridge-freezer and microwave have been redeployed to the dining room: we’ll be eating defrost/reheat-style for several months.

Coincidentally, I have frozen meals to cover every week night of the predicted eight-week build (I’ve factored in eating out on weekends), although I didn’t keep a tally of the inflating frozen cache. It’s just how it turned out.

We could use the renovations as an excuse to eat out more often, but I know how tired we are week nights. Ours are busy working days; mine sandwiched between 60-75 minute-long commutes. By early evening, we’re all out of juice.

We could order take-out more often, but we’ve never really relied on external, often inferior, forces. I’m a die-hard home cook and old habits are hard to break. So home-made meals it will be — defrosted, reheated and eaten together, casually.

It took at least four weekends of bulk cooking to stash away this wholesome loot. It includes curries, long-simmered casseroles, slow-cooked sauces, burgers, a couple of pies and some soups. This covetable booty spans the cuisines of Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, India, Italy, old-school England and modern Australia.

The freezer is comfortably full: it’s frozen inner sanctum loaded with dozens of carefully organised, assorted plastic containers bearing hand-written labels: the hallmarks of a half-crazed home-cook.

The cooking frenzy of the past month pretty much finished me off. There will be no more cooking, no more planning, no more ferreting away of food like a loon. I’m hanging up the apron, vacating the kitchen, throwing in the tea-towel … for the next eight weeks. Then hopefully I’ll rediscover my home-cooking mojo in time for the arrival of the brand spanking new kitchen of my dreams.

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22 responses to “A freezer stocking frenzy

  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Best of luck with the reno. I have never put that many meals away so I have great envy of all the planning that went into the recipes, shopping, prepping, cooking and storage. wow. I’m tired just thinking about it.

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  2. Wayne

    Just a tad obsessive-compulsive rachel ?

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  3. lizzygoodthings

    Wow Rachel, that really is exciting news! I think it’d be great to eat your way through home-cooked frozen meals while all the work is being done. Can’t wait to hear more news!

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  4. Wow that’s fantastic. I hope you have a back up generator for the freezer. So many lovely meals.

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  5. Impressive. I love freezer stocking. Great way to save time.

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  6. Good luck. I’ve just entered the world of pre-prepared frozen meals for my aged mother, for whom I’m a part-time carer. For an Italian woman who’s always cooked fresh meals – and NEVER frozen anything – she’s taken a while to get used to it, but understands it’s necessary at this stage in her life. Yours sound a bit more exotic than mine though.

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  7. Wow, your freezer stocking is intense! I always have some bits and pieces from shoots stashed away – but this is incredibly organised. Looks like it’s an incredibly worthwhile thing to do when you’re crazy busy.
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    • Hi David – lovely to meet a fellow freezer stasher. I honestly only have dribs and drabs stocked away most of the time … the renovations called for drastic action. It has paid off … however, after 3 weeks of freezer meals I am well and truly over it. Roll on the new kitchen!

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  8. wow, you are my domestic goddess. you are the epitome of amazingness.
    its great to read your words again rachel. i have missed you.

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    • “Blush!” Thanks Elizabeth … but I have also been called obsessive-compulsive … which is perhaps more like it! Hope you are well. Thanks for your messages during my absence. I’m pleased to be back x

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  9. I love coming home and taking some food out of the freezer. So simple and easy after a long day at the office!

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    • It certainly is, Matt. Great knowing there is good, healthy, home-cooked food heading for the table in a short space of time. It’s well worth putting in the effort in advance. Thanks for dropping by.

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