Despite my best efforts at the grocery store to buy only what we need for a given week of eating, in order to avoid waste, the freezer inevitably ends up with a menagerie of random items—corn dogs from a party we had for my daughter, mozzarella sticks from some event that I can no longer remember, remnants of ice cream quarts, and so on.
The preceding week and forthcoming weekend I am taking food out of the freezer and using it in recipes or just plain eating it. Friday’s chicken and wild rice soup was enhanced with the addition of a quart bag of potato gnocchi I had frozen during the summer when I experimented with seasonal vegetable pastas. Sunday’s chili was the recipient of a clutch of different canned beans that I had been collecting from recipes that are buried in a thick file folder.
This is a companion effort to my Raiders of the Forgotten Pantry. About every six months I open the pantry and start to wonder why I bought some of the canned goods or sauces that cower in the dusty back corners. The slide out shelves I installed last winter really make this job easier because I no longer have to reach way back and fumble for mystery bottles.
What do you have lurking in the bottom of your freezer waiting to be unearthed?