Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Freezer Meat Challenge

I'm horrible at remembering to thaw meat for dinner. I'll pick up a package here or there each grocery trip simply because I can't remember what I have in the freezer.

The other day a freezer shelf fell and I had to take a bunch of stuff out so Johnny could put it back up and it lit a fire under me to see what is really in there! I looked in both our kitchen freezer and downstair's overflow freezer and made a list of all the meat sources I have on hand that I need to use up.

I'm going to hold myself to a Freezer Meat Challenge! I will not purchase any new meats until I use up this list and I hope I don't let it get to this point again, unless there's a big sale! I'll update each meat with a link to the recipe I used it in, until each item has been utilized!

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (re-visit with Rice Crispy Chicken)
(2) 3.5 whole fryer chickens (Chicken Under a Brick x2)
1 pkg Johnsonville beer brats (Grilled Dinner)
(2) 1 lb. pkgs ground beef (Taco Pie, unpictured tacos)
2 lb. pkg boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Chicken Parmigiana)
2 lb. chuck roast (Pot Roast)
top loin steak (Grilled Steak)
1 pkg pork spare ribs (BBQ Pomegranate Ribs)
2 lb. boneless pork roast
assorted home-made sausage links (Sausage Skillet)
corned beef brisket
3 2 tuna steaks (unpictured sesame tuna bites)
1 pkg beef back ribs (thrown out - freezerburnt)
1 lb. sea scallops

NC additions:
mahi mahi
swordfish (Grilled Swordfish)

If you'd like to join my Freezer Meat Challenge, leave a comment below, or email christina at dinneratchristinas dot com and I'll link back to you! Just post a list of all the meats you currently have in your freezer and plans or goals for using them up. It'll be a great way to share ideas for utilizing those meat sources found within the frozen depths of freezers everywhere!

If you're going to participate, feel free to grab my challenge button, that Johnny so nicely made for me in about 5 minutes!


Nowheymama said...

Wow! I wish our freezer were so well stocked. I think we're down to one package of flank steak and a ham bone. I don't want to shop until we're back from our trip this weekend. :)

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, that's a lot of meat!

Looking forward to your challenge - you can do it! :D

live pura vida said...

reading this made me clean out my freezer! My only meat or "meat" items are spicy black bean boca burgers, morningstar farms buffalo "chicken" wings, 3 chicken strips, crumbled "beef," a piece of salmon and a piece of tilapia.

Anonymous said...

woweee~ That IS a lot of meat! I can't wait to see what you do with the corned beef brisket, the sausages, and the scallops!
Oh, and thanks so much for the gnocchi link, Christina! I truly appreciate it! I think I probably cooked it for too long, and there was too much moisture in the dough from all that cheese!