|An artful representation of the 2001 movie monolith, screengrabbed from this site.|
|The movie monoliths did not have the words "Kenmore Elite" stenciled on them, nor were sweet-potato-curing wine refrigerators and Buc-ees insulated grocery totes stored on top of them.|
|Screengrabbed from Wikipedia.|
At the time, I was formulating a strategy for going back to work full-time after the birth of my baby, who had been born about five weeks prior to the birth of my girlfriend's baby. Girlfriend and I despaired about my all-too-common-American-working-mother predicament: how on earth would I be able to maintain my family's pattern of healthy eating if I were working full time?! There simply weren't enough hours in the day - let alone enough physical stamina - to do full-time employment AND cook healthy meals every evening.
"You're going to have to do most of your cooking on Saturdays and Sundays and store the stuff for serving during the week," my girlfriend concluded emphatically. "There simply isn't any other way."
And so a freezer management plan, which spawned my system of specialized freezer-friendly recipe development, was thusly born.
Tragically, my girlfriend was dead of cancer just two years after our conversation. She didn't even get to live long enough to see her own baby's first day of kindergarten. My monolithic freezer and its carefully-crafted contents are a big part of her legacy of creative gifts to lucky me, the one of us who is still alive for the moment.
What I want to impart to you in this post is a general visual impression of how this freezer strategy can be undertaken successfully. As I've noted in other posts, I've observed Americans to be very biased against an eating lifestyle that incorporates a high proportion of food freezing. Americans associate freezers with cheap "TV dinners" and mass-produced junk food. I mean, isn't that most common type of stuff one finds in grocery store freezers? The kind of food people turn to as unhealthy indulgences (think of the many frozen pies, ice cream, and cakes) or at least as a last unpalatable resort for the sake of convenience?
|Most of what's in these is, indeed, absolute crap, in my opinion. But there's no law that says your freezer has to resemble these. |
Grocery freezer pic screengrabbed from this Sodahead site.
|Piggybacking on my late girlfriend's wise legacy, I've taken my approach one step farther in that I actually grow a portion of the vegetables we eat, grow them in my microscopic Centerpointe back yard. Tomatoes and onions have been among my more successful micro-crops.|
|A large batch of jambalaya chock full of those same vegetables pictured above, plus fresh Gulf shrimp, which I usually buy from Rose's Seafood in Kemah. Have you ever noticed that you cannot walk into a single grocery store in Clear Lake and buy fresh Gulf shrimp? It's all either frozen and/or farm-raised inedible junk (in my opinion) from Asia. THAT is frightening: here we have this fantastic resource just a few miles from us, and what are they selling in local mainstream grocery stores? Farm-raised Asian shrimp. Gag!|
|In this previous post, I estimated we had ninety-three Pyrex storage dishes. I was wrong. It's actually well over one hundred. Into which goeth the jambalaya pictured above.|
|This is the part where I get to spoof the movie in yet another way: |
"My God - it's full of food!!"
|When I open up my freezer and show folks what's inside, this is very much the expression typically seen on their faces, as they wrap their minds around the fact that it's all home-made and all top-quality and mostly all-organic. |
Screengrab from Google image search showing the famous photo of actor Keir Dullea portraying the character of astronaut David Bowman.
|Seriously, my Pyrex-based food management system is very much like an intermodal container management system, only on a very fine scale. Notice how all those container boxes are the same boxes - only the color varies. That's because it would be impossible to manage them if they were all different sizes and shapes. Intermodal containers seamlessly move from sea to rail to truck to storage, just as Pyrex dishes go from freezer to microwave to oven to table. |
Combined screengrab (incorporating this and this) from Google image search for the search phrase underlined in the first sentence above.