Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Top Ten Tuesday: in my freezer

Top ten helpful things I try to always have in my freezer:

Top Ten {Tuesday}

1. Ginger root. The fresh stuff, only not fresh, because.. it's in the freezer. I buy a big bag of the roots for a buck or two at the produce market, put it in a ziplock, and keep it in the freezer. When I need some, I pull a piece out, peel the skin and use my microplane grater to get the amount I need.

2. Pecans. We buy the 3-pound bag at Costco and use them in cookies, pancakes, apple crisp... almonds are nice too.

3. Whole bean coffee. The seminarian likes to grind it fresh before every pot. This is another thing we buy at Costco, and once we open that big bag, we store it in the freezer to keep it fresh.

4. Orange juice concentrate. Two of our number drink a glass every single morning. But sometimes we make this nice "Orange Breakfast Nog" from my ancient BH&G plaid cookbook - the one held together by a rubber band: 1.5 cups buttermilk, 1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 or 3 ice cubes. Blend everything but the ice, then add the ice and blend again. (I usually skip the ice.) If you don't have buttermilk, regular milk is OK but not as good - you lose that nice tang. Sometimes I use yogurt. If I have vanilla yogurt, I leave out the sugar and the vanilla extract. This makes two 10-ounce servings.

5. Chocolate chip cookie dough. I don't always have this, but I try to. Just make a batch of your favorite cookie dough, form into little balls, and freeze. Then, hot fresh cookies whenever you need them. Yes, need.

6. Toasted wheat germ. For the Sunday pancakes, mostly, and sometimes cookies and bread.

7. Loaves of bread. In cooler weather I like to bake bread. Or, I buy the French bread from Costco and freeze a few of those. I don't like running out of bread.

8. Blueberries. I buy a 30-pound box every year.

9. Salmonburgers and "meat burgers" (as my kids call them) from Costco. Pull 'em out and grill 'em.

10. Bits of stale bread for bread pudding and to grind up for crumbs.

What's in your freezer?

Top Ten Tuesday can be found at Oh Amanda.


Jane Hamilton said...

Wow! My freezer is nowhere near interesting! Great post!

Sandy said...

I'm glad you recognize chocolate chip cookies as a need. A pan of cookies fresh from the oven has saved many a homeschooling day in my house.

Kerri said...

Oh, those costco burgers. Those are an absolute need here-my boy will make himself four at a time and wolf them down.

Other than that, I agree, your freezer is more interesting than mine. :)

SmallWorld at Home said...

Oooh--never thought of freezing ginger root. Great idea!

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Yes. NEED cookies. I, in fact, need cookies now.

I have tons of leftovers in the fridge--the extra diced onion, the extra corn on the cob (taken off, of course), the leftover peppers, etc. Makes it easy to throw into any recipe in just a second!

Thanks for linking up--great list!

Andrea @ Simple Organized Living said...

Good list of staples. My freezer would look similar...except no ginger root!

I also keep a bunch of chicken and turkey stock in frozen 1 cup containers.

DADvocate said...

Amongst other things, I have a Sara Lee pound cake in my freezer that's about 4-5 years old. My son swore he wanted it one day and then just never felt like eating it. I also have a frozen fillet of the first fish he ever caught which is even older.

Otherwise, vegetables, popsicles, ice cream (Mayfield's Blueberry Cream Pie!!), chicken, ground beef, cold packs for bruises and sprains, ice cubes, and, like you, coffee (ground and whole bean).