Friday:) Freezer Frenzy 

19 Aug

“To me, it’s sort of funny that wasting food is not taboo. It’s one of the last environmental ills that you can just get away with.”
– Jonathan Bloom (@WastedFood)


I love to cook. I love to eat at restaurants. The dilemma that follows is called…leftovers. I hate to waste, so I generally wrap up and pile up the leftovers in the freezer. My freezer is packed to the gills, and there isn’t room for even a teeny-tiny gill. So, I decided to go through the maze and the mess of frozen leftovers.

I emptied a couple of shelves at a time and piled the stuff on the counter. It’s pretty darn hot out, so I couldn’t leave the freezer door open too long. I organized bins into fruit, leftover doggie bags, frozen meals, vegetables, baking stuff like frosting and cookie dough.

Then, I had a light bulb moment. 💡.   Why don’t I make a big pot of leftover train wreck stew? Mrs. Johnson, a wonderful old friend of the family, used to take out leftovers and feed all the kids, grandkids, and their friends and she called it “train wreck.” 

I had four littlebaggies of taco meat, two bags of okra, a couple bags of vegetables, and a bag of rice medley. I threw it all in a pot and started to simmer. I added a can of diced tomato with green chile, and VOILA! 

Toni’s Jumbled Up Jambalaya.


Pretty tasty. Tasty and no wastey.

Look! There’s a little room on one of the shelves in the freezer. I can go get some ice cream tomorrow for my Black Russians. Yay!

The bad news… not much room in the fridge for all the leftover Jambalaya. Want to come over for dinner tomorrow? Bring containers.

4 Responses to “Friday:) Freezer Frenzy ”

  1. Dan Hen August 19, 2017 at 7:35 am #

    This all looks familiar .

    • toniandrukaitis August 19, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

      Too bad you guys live so far away. I’d be knocking at your door with brownies,

  2. dancingpalmtrees August 19, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    My parents used to say that about not letting good food go to waste. They were brought up during the Great Depression. Unfortunately I have not followed their lead and there have been many biology experiments in the fridge. Also since I spend most of my time on the job I don’t cook and sometimes forget about the food I placed in the fridge. However I do clean it out before it turns totally into the toxic avenger! LOL!

    • toniandrukaitis August 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm #

      I think we all share the growing mold experiments in our fridge. And, yes, my parents were products of the Depression and often went hungry, so waste was always a mortal sin, I find hat I have plenty of friends and neighbors who more than appreciate my cooking and left overs. Oh, and when I have the urge to make, look out! My local firemen love to see me coming.

      Hope you are doing well.

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