The Organized Kitchen

I’ve felt a lot more organized in the past few weeks when it has come to organizing for meals. I don’t know what it is, but I suddenly feel like I’m on my A-game. Growing up, my mom always made a meal plan for the week. She was great at sticking to it, and she used the meal list to make her super organized grocery list. I’ve done this in the past, but I suddenly feel more organized and I don’t know why.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been able to get a lot of good, organic produce from my buying co-op? Or maybe it’s because I’m buying a bit less and using more of my home grown veggies? Either way, I’m spending a lot less time at the store! That’s always a plus.

And on top of all that, I was able to make a large purchase of fresh, wild, Alaskan sockeye salmon that’s sustainably fished and will be sent right to my doorstep in a month or so! That’s right! No more nasty farmed Atlantic “salmon” for this Washington-born family! If you have the money and the desire, I’d recommend Smart Source Seafood in a heartbeat!

Having my freezer back in working order has also been invaluable. If you remember from a little while back, I had accidentally shut off my fridge for a month, and the smell of spoiling meat and fish was overwhelming. Well, we placed a pan with 16oz of pure vanilla extract in the bottom to get rid of the smell. It sort of worked – but mainly it smelled like rotten meat cookies. We kept the door open to air it for a day, and brought out the big guns. We had a box of charcoal in the bottom and a pan each of coffee grounds and a baking soda/essential oil mix on the inside shelf. After closing the lid and letting it sit for two days, the smell was gone. Or close to it. I thought I caught a faint whiff of decaying tilapia when I opened the freezer tonight, but it’s okay. I just need to work on restocking the freezer again.

I’m starting a crock pot of bone broth tomorrow, along with some homemade blackberry applesauce. I’m also going to whip up a big batch of freezer biscuits and english muffins, and will make some bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches as well. I’m sure the freezer will fill up again in no time.

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