“The trouble is, you think you have time.”
The good old freezer – we love loading it up, loath seeing the bottom, and work hard for every pound of prime protein in there. The freezer is quite literally a treasure chest to many of us, so why do we so often neglect to eat what’s in there as often as we should? Well, that answer isn’t as important as the solution.
Here are a few tips that will get you eating healthier and spending less money by eating what’s in your freezer.
- Take Inventory
Count every package of grind, steaks, chops, and roasts. If you have tamales or pizzas, count those too. Once you’ve tossed anything that has perished and is inedible, make a list of how many of everything you have and stick it to the freezer. Keeping an organized freezer inventory helps you keep these items front of mind and in your meal plans.
- Set A Goal
Once you know how much food you have in your freezer, set a realistic goal for how many frozen cuts, packages, or just items you want to eat every week. Not only will this help frame your meals for the week, but it will give you an idea of when filling tags needs to become a higher priority for you.
- Make A Plan
Incorporate these freezer items into your weekly meal plan. Using three packages a week could look like this:
– Mon/Tue: Ground venison taco bowls- Wed: Elk steaks with asparagus and sweet potatoes- Thur: Pork brats with grilled onion, bell peppers, and salad
- Get Creative
Variety is the spice of life. Eating the same meat cooked the same way with the same boring side is the elevator music of life. Expand your skills and have fun by trying some innovative recipes that incorporate new flavors and different cooking methods. A must-have cookbook that features mouth-watering recipes created by our most talented friends is our Wild Game Edition Wild Kitchen Cookbook.
This is the best self-fulfilling prophecy you’ll ever have. Eat more of what you’ve already got, be healthier and wealthier because of it, and get yourself in the field more to keep refilling that good old freezer.