Yesterday I got the kids on the bus and sat down at the laptop to work up the weeks menu plan to post.
Yes, I had the best intentions in the world. I want to use up some more of the venison, so I headed down to the freezer to pull some out to defrost before I finished up the menu.
So I flick on the light, troop down the stairs, and pull on the freezer door. But something isn’t right. . . it just swings open without any resistance.
Because it wasn’t closed.
It swings open and it is like looking into a snowbank. Solid white. Full of frost.
I frantically think back-when was the last time I was in the freezer? It was at least before Yankee Bill had headed to Myrtle Beach. . . and that was 9 days ago.
Crud. The freezer has been open for over a week-and I’ve got 100 s of dollars of meat in there.
I swung into action. First order of business, round up all the coolers and get ready to transfer. About 90% of the freezer contents were still frozen solid, buried in frost. Those went into the 2 hardsideded coolers. The items that were defrosted (but still luckily at a refrigerator type temp) went into the disposable white styrofoam cooler.
There were several quart freezer bags full of tomatoes I had seasoned & roasted at the end of the summer. As you can see, many of them were the yellow tomatoes. I threw those all into a crockpot on high to cook down for sauce.
There was also a package of sausage that was partially defrosted, so I put them all in my cast iron skillet on a low temp (so they wouldn’t burn before the insides were defrosted & cooked) and then covered them. When the sausage was done, I cut them up into small pieces and tossed them in with the tomatoes.
There were 3 bags of cranberry orange relish left over from Thanksgiving that were defrosted, as well as a jug of wild blueberries. . . about 2 cups worth. I decided to cook those all down together along with a couple of jars of the rhubarb ginger jam that I had made last year (that came out wayyyyy too gingery) for a sort of fruit compote.
Luckily I was able to save almost everything! There was some ice cream that was a goner, as well as a couple of odds and ends.
That was NOT how I had planned on spending my day.