My husband kindly spent an hour this morning inventorying the contents of our basement freezer, along with the freezer in our side-by-side fridge.
We’ll soon be moving out of our house — and whoa, do we have a lot of meat and chicken to eat our way through before then!
While the freezer food technically isn’t “free” — because I did pay for it back in the spring — eating it now is at least budget neutral for July.
And that’s a good thing, since moving is expensive – and if I can save a few hundred dollars on my food budget by eating from the freezer at the beginning of the month, that will take a bit of the pressure off our budget at the end of the month.
Based on his inventory, I put together a menu plan for the next couple of weeks. I warned everyone that we’ll be having some weird meals — but let’s hope this works out.
Here’s what I’ve come up with — there aren’t exactly as many meals as number of days, but that’s because I plan to double up on anything that I’m having to cook. My plan is for us to eat leftovers the last few days, since there aren’t kosher restaurants in Kansas City (barring the cafeteria at the Jewish retirement home) and we’ll need to have convenience food ready to go.
- Banana bread (I have a dozen frozen bananas and a ton of chocolate chips, so I’ll be make several loaves today!)
- Cereal & milk (eating thru the last few boxes in our stockpile)
- Frozen Waffles
- Left-over BBQ beef from the freezer
- Frozen Food Lunch: Pizza, Fish-Sticks and Barley Soup
- Chickpeas & onions over couscous
- Rice & beans
- Salami sandwiches x2
- ground turkey wrapped in filo dough
- Egg salad sandwiches
- Baked salmon, mashed potatoes & steamed veggies x 2
- Left-over BBQ beef from freezer x 3
- Pizza Roll-ups (using left-over crescent rolls from freezer)
- Crockpot beef stew x 2 over rice or couscous (whatever I’ve got left by that point)
- Beef & broccoli over rice
- BBQ chicken with salad and any left-over starches
- Omelettes & pretzel rolls
- Slow-cooker pepper steak x 3
What do you think? I told you it might be a bit “weird”.
By the way, it occurred to me as I reviewed the freezer inventory, that eating through the freezer is a great way to save money anytime — whether you’re moving soon or not.
Have you ever eating down your freezer? What was on your menu plan when you did?