Monday, February 22, 2010

Eating Down the Fridge

In two weeks we'll be gone away for more than a month. I want to have the fridge empty and turn it off when we go.

Yes, we'll "cheat" by throwing some things in the freezer, but that's all right and is the last resort.

Some of the things we'll have "eat down":
  • eggs
  • milk (extra bag(s) go in the freezer)
  • mushrooms (last will probably go on travel pizza)
  • peppers of all colours (last will go on the travel pizza)
  • andouille sausage -- one portion will probably go in the freezer downstairs
  • cheese
  • margarine
  • citrus
  • apples
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • zucchini
  • pickles (maybe a small amount will travel with us)
  • canned fruit
  • jam
  • baking yeast (into cold storage for that)
  • hemp seeds (freezer)
  • salad dressing (travel with us?)
  • celery
  • roasted red pepper sauce
  • relish
  • chipolte mustard
  • soy sauce
  • fish sauce
  • lemon juice
  • frozen veg (to the freezer of course)
  • frozen seafood (ditto)
  • frozen meat (ditto)
  • frozen fruit (ditto)
The obvious strategy is to clear out what is not already frozen first. We may pass some things to family and neighbors as well towards the end.

Afternote: the fridge did not get completely eaten down. My husband was adamant that we not turn it off while we were away. We did lower the temperature and I was able to wash out bins and clean a couple of shelves. It was a much nicer fridge to come home to.

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