Freezer Adventures: What's Lurking in The Frosty Depths?

Well, look what we found while rummaging through the freezer! Last summer, we stashed away two bags of sour cherries with visions of mid-winter fruit desserts...and then completely forgot about them. Has that ever happened to you?

I'm slightly embarrassed to say that this happens to me all the time. Toward the front of the freezer, I keep all the things that I tend to use most regularly: chicken stock, frozen peas and corn, loaves of bread, and tubs of ice cream. But this means that I completely forget what's been shoved behind! Out of sight, out of mind.

In the past, I've tried keeping a list on the side of the fridge listing all the contents of our freezer. This worked well - until I fell out of the habit of updating it!

If I'm being honest with myself, I know that things will always languish unless I make a plan for using them. I've cut down on the amount of refrigerated produce I throw away each week and improved my pantry space by curbing my spontaneous purchases at the store and market. I try to be more intentional with my shopping and stick to buying only things that I have a specific plan to use, even if it's a plan formed on the spot.

But the freezer still eludes me! Any suggestions? Any similar tales of neglect?

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(Image: Emma Christensen)