Aren’t they lovely? Homemade bagels — sesame, poppy seed, and cinnamon sugar. I used this WONDERFUL recipe at Savory Seasonings, a huge improvement on my former recipe. These are softer and puffier.
Do you know what’s the most beautiful part of this photo?
The most beautiful part is the fact that there are three bags of them, in heavy duty plastic zipper top bags ready to go into the freezer. Before Christmas, my dear husband dug into his “stash” and spent all his “mad money” on a freezer for me.
It wasn’t even a Christmas gift. It was an I-know-you-need-this-to-make-your-life-easier gift. Now that’s a romantic gift, ladies! (Although, let’s be honest, he’s really going to benefit from the stocking up on good things to eat. Love ya, HB.)
I’ve had it about four weeks, and I’ve been steadily working on filling it up. Well, a full freezer holds the cold better in case of power outage, you know. So I really MUST fill it up. (wink) We truly never know when our power (or water) will go off.
It’s a small chest freezer. I guess I should share a photo, but the bagels are so much prettier.
Okay, I found a photo of it. Look here. (This is basically Chinese Ebay.) It looks exactly like that — para sailing mascot and all. (Plain things are considered ugly in China. So everything has to have designs, flowers, children, crazy English. Makes me crazy.)
Wondering what I’ve got in there so far?
- white beans, cooked from dry — probably 20 bags
- pumpkin puree, cooked from fresh — 6 bags
- chicken broth
- beef and bean pockets
- broccoli, chicken, and cheese pockets
- 2 pizzas
- 2 loaves of banana bread
- fried apple pies
- bagels (of course)
- beef with mushrooms in a hearty broth
- cream of mushroom soup (homemade, of course)
- chicken in broth
- ground beef (which I ground)
- bulk pork sausage (homemade from pork I ground)
- cheese (from Big City)
- butter (from Big City)
- shelled walnuts
Do you have a chest (or upright) freezer? Any tips for me? What’s your favorite thing to store in there? I’m a total freezer newbie, so bring on the ideas for me and my para sailing buddy.