I dreamed of the day I would have a deep freezer the way people dream of a new car. When we moved into our most recent apartment, my parents gave us theirs and it now sits in our little kitchen with a butcher block on top.
Here is a bit about how I use and plan to use our freezer:
Soups, Curries, and Stews
Whenever I make soup, curry or stew I make twice the amount and freeze it, usually in a glass mason jar.
My herb garden did very well this summer and I have been freezing the freah herbs by simply putting them in the freezer on a baking sheet and then popping them into a labeled jar for future use.
Any time I have bones I make broth, but I will also make broth on any day that I do cooking with a lot of scraps. Garlic peels, onion peels, apple cores, carrot peels and so on all go into the crock pot for a vegetable broth. When i make the broth I fill a jar and then a few spots on the ice cube tray as well – the small amounts can be used in place of oil in the frying pan.
As I mention in a garden post, when I have a bunch of scraps that won’t make good food I may still simmer them in water to drain the nutrients for my plants. Banana peels, squash peels, and so on all go in.
I don’t always do this, but if I think to I will freeze my citrus peels. I rarely use these for cooking, but they make your home smell very nice if you boil them in water for a bit.
I make all of our baked goods, so they take up a lot of space in the freezer.
Living in the city without a car, I rely on my mom to take me to Costco for a big stock up every few months. It’s always a bit of a challenge to try to fit everything into the freezer.