Like the pantry, the freezers need a refresh.  Now, this is not a freezer challenge where I’m not allowed to buy anything.  This is a “see what’s been in there a long time and plan a way to use it up,” mission.  So, I’m not auditing everything.  And, I’m not going to stop buying groceries either.

I actually did the inventory just before Thanksgiving and was going to write about it last week, but life got in the way and that didn’t happen.  So, here goes.


  • 2 packages of breakfast sausage (1 meal for us)
  • 1 package of bacon
  • 6 packages (3-4 per pk) of chicken thighs with bones & skin
  • 1 5.5-lb package of chicken thighs with bones & skin (1 meal for us)
  • 11 packages (2-3 per pk) of boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 9 packages (4-5 per pk) of thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • 3 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 pork butt
  • 1 package of pork tenderloin (thawing as I write for dinner this weekend)
  • 3 3-lb chuck roasts
  • 6 NY strip steaks – plain (we ate these with pesto last week)
  • 1 package (6-8 per pk) of salmon filets
  • 4 lbs of tilapia filets
  • 7 lbs of ground turkey

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  • 1 box of puff pastry
  • Partial BJ’s bag of sliced almonds
  • Partial BJ’s bag of walnuts
  • 7 1-cup packages of blueberries (these are ones we picked and I froze in vacuum bags)
  • 1 cup diced red pepper
  • 9 basil-in-chicken-broth cubes
  • 12 bags of egg whites, mix of 4-ct and 8-ct
  • 3 8-oz blocks of cream cheese

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  • ½ box of popsicles (not sure what is going to happen to this given that its about 20° outside now)
  • 8 loaves of banana bread (since counting I thawed 2 and sent them as school snacks)
  • 1 pan of sausage stuffing (was eaten for Thanksgiving)
  • 18 servings of butternut squash ravioli (I might be off on this count as I didn’t remove everything from the freezer, but its a lot.  These will be lunches for me.)
  • 2 loaves of gingerbread
  • 1 package of fudge

So, its not everything.  You will definitely see things in the pictures that are not in this list.  But, it is what has been around for longer than maybe I’d like and should be moved along.  I’ll plan to update this and the pantry status at the beginning of January so you can see how we’ve been doing eating things up.  In the meantime, watch the menus to see what appears!