Throwing things together for dinner just doesn’t work for me. I have to have a plan! I love making menus at least a week in advance, making a grocery list, checking off the things I already have and then buying the things I need. No guesswork. I know on Monday what we’re having for dinner on Thursday and Saturday and every day that week. I’m not a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl.
Both big freezers need defrosting. Deer season begins again on Saturday and chances are a few of those rascals will end up in the freezer. Not only do the freezers need defrosting, but they are stuffed full! Instead of making a menu for this week, and probably next week too, I’m using food out of the freezer. If I can get one freezer halfway empty, I can defrost it, then put everything back, move stuff from the other freezer into that one and get it defrosted.
What I’m doing is opening a freezer, pulling something out and figuring out what to do with it. Yesterday I had a round steak so I made it with gravy and cooked a pot of rice. Today we had open face sandwiches with chopped steak and gravy for lunch.
Tonight we’re having pork chops. These are some we cut from a whole pork loin and they’re not as tender as we like to grill so I browned them, added onions and made a gravy. It’s kinda like what we had last night but with pork instead of beef.
Several years ago I canned a lot of potatoes so I opened one of those jars, drained them, seasoned them and browned them a bit with the pork chops.
Since they were canned, they’re cooked so I’ll put them in the gravy right before we eat. Maybe I’ll open a can of green beans and serve eggplant salad from the fridge.
I have a package of ground beef out for tomorrow night. If we have saltines, I’m going to make chili. It’s supposed to be in the low 40′s tomorrow night so it will be a good night for chili. If I can’t find crackers, I guess I’ll make a meatloaf.
It’s kinda fun, though kinda frustrating, to be eating out of the freezer and pantry for several weeks.