There were great deals going on at the market. Do you ever buy meat and then forget to cook or freeze it? Maybe you delay or you’re just not in the same mood to eat it as when you bought it? I swore that would not happen again. I have no excuse, you see. I have a stand alone freezer and I have a FoodSaver. I live alone and those two items have saved me a ton of money. Big grin.
I bought 2.44 lbs of hamburger; 3.39 lbs of beef stew meat. When I got home, I promptly put them in the refrigerator and pulled out 16 chicken drumsticks to defrost. In my defense, I’d been craving southern fried chicken with homemade gravy poured over rice and fresh slices of white bread. The chicken was frozen solid, not a chance of separating them and putting eight of ’em back in the freezer. I knew the mash potatoes were reserved for the meatloaf, so I pulled that out, too. I should state that I don’t trust the microwave to defrost meat. It always seems to cook a bit while defrosting… Eee-yuck. So, I defrost au natural, in the refrigerator, which was getting mighty cramped.
Well, long story short, time got away from me. There were other things I wanted to do and the deadline appeared to be this evening. Cook or cut bait and throw ’em all out. I got caught up in the last 1.5 hours of the Super Bowl… So, now it is 7:00 p.m. and three rather large meals need to be cooked. As I write this, it is 12:12 a.m. I prepared the meatloaf and divided the enormous quantity of meat – half went for meatloaf and half for meatballs. My first meatballs. I love meatball sandwiches with the crusty bread, the marinara sauce and melted provolone or mozzarella cheese. But I have never made it before. Checked cookbooks and it seemed easy enough. I could cook the meatballs and freeze ’em until later. I could cook them at the same time in a separate dish in the oven as the meatloaf. Done.
Next up was the beef stew. Hmm, I had some leeway here on time. Different due date than the hamburger. Mind, I like far more meat in my beef stew than I do the vegetables, but even I looked askance at the quantity before me. Okay, separate the amount into two bags, freeze one and do the other tomorrow. The chicken was holding its own, so I’m cooking that tomorrow, too. Half a second. Pause in typing…. who am I kidding? Threw the second bag of beef stew meat into the freezer as well. Maybe Wednesday or Thursday before the vegetables go limp. I am soothing my conscience that I will have frozen fried chicken leftovers as well.
Originally, I thought to put music on, but then I remembered the Hillsdale Dialogues with Hugh Hewitt and Larry P. Arnn of Hillsdale College. They have a new series called “A Survey of Great Books, Great Men and Great Ideas.” Every Friday afternoon, Hugh Hewitt in the last hour of his radio show will have Larry Arnn on and they will discuss some aspect of history and it is fascinating. I looked up the Hillsdale Dialogues ~ stand back! There are 31 hours of them. The particular one I clicked on went from the Bible to Socrates and Plato, jumped in to Winston Churchill and that is why it’s after midnight….