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Cleaning out the frig

 
 
Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 05:36 pm
We all have to do . . . empty the freezer, cutting away freezer burn . . . making sure that the crisper is empty. I have been doing that for the past week. Came up with an interesting meal tonight. Ever discover something during empty the frig week?
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 05:40 pm
I had some "sandwich steaks" that had been in the freezer longer than I would have wished. There were three flour tortillas, half a sweet potato, a cucumber and some broccoli.

I sauteed an onion, then strips of steak and finished it off with Stonewall 's onion jam. I rolled it into a flour tortilla which had been microwaved in a cloth napkin, then sprinkled with grated cheddar. I finely chopped the broccoli and grated a carrot into it, salted and peppered it, sprinkled with a bit of lemon juice then mayo. Chopped the cuke, salted it and then added some sour cream. Delicious dinner with all the nutrients . . . perhaps more fat . . . than needed.
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hamburgboy
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 05:42 pm
@plainoldme,
Quote:
Ever discover something during empty the frig week?



sure have .... but would not dare eat it !

such as cheddar cheese slightly on the " green " side ( might have passed as roquefort going by the smell ! )
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:08 pm
@hamburgboy,
green and hirsuit or is it hairsoot
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chai2
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:30 pm
It takes you a Week to clean out the fridge and freezer?

Takes me 10 minutes, tops.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:37 pm
@hamburgboy,
The great thing about cheddar and other cheeses? You can still eat them after you cut the moldy sections off. That's to say there is any cheese left after you cut out the moldy sections.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:46 pm
When the assistant manager quit her job and moved out of her apartment, it fell to me to empty out the frig. She just moved and left everything. I found a six year old chicken in the freezer. Another time, it fell to me to open up a frig that had been closed for 8 years, no electric. 8 year old food is not pretty. We tossed the frig.
hamburgboy
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:54 pm
@edgarblythe,
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I found a six year old chicken in the freezer.


my guess is that it was a well aged " stewing fowl " .

perhaps it was only 5 years old but had not aged gracefully ?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:56 pm
I'm flailing with a dying refrigerator, all my fault for not maintaining clean coils.
This is not happening on a good week, as I am not to exert myself and need ice packs. Plus, this particular refrigerator isn't on wheels, what a dolt that I didn't do that, as I knew about cleaning compressors/coils before and just didn't do the rollaway refrigerator this last move, and have been consequentially lame-0 about coil cleaning.

Not easy to find refrigerator rollers at big stores.. Mine back in north north were steel, something like $16.00 for a package of two, for two sides of the fridge. Maybe that is just memory. I liked those so much that I outfitted my shelves in the basement with those, as the basement flooded slightly every five years or so. I think there were rollers and brakes, but maybe I am misremembering.

I checked online and see there are refrigerator coil brushes, 28". But, my mail box isn't 28 inches. Yes, I could do ups/fed but money matters.

We'll see, diane had some kind of refrigerator brush.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:58 pm
@hamburgboy,
No mistaking its age. It was officially stamped.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 06:58 pm
With a teenager and a dog in the house, we rarely find any forgotten food in
the refrigerator.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 07:03 pm
@CalamityJane,
Yeh, but do you ever check the coils? We used to have to in our lab..
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 07:22 pm
I bought my refrigerator in 1999. I am trying to nurse it, but I have been lax on coil cleaning.. there is probably corgi hair in there.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 07:27 pm
@ossobuco,
Hm, I have a refrigerator like this, and there are no coils underneath - must
be probably in the back. I haven't checked Embarrassed
http://images.fixya.com/L/LG/118x100/31953809.JPG

ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 07:32 pm
@CalamityJane,
I've personally been a lame coil checker (look at the book that accompanied the appliance.). I know better, since we used to watch refrigerators in the lab by state overview. But on my own I haven't cared. I may be about to pay for this.
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 9 May, 2010 10:34 pm
@ossobuco,
ossobuco wrote:

I'm flailing with a dying refrigerator, all my fault for not maintaining clean coils.
This is not happening on a good week, as I am not to exert myself and need ice packs. Plus, this particular refrigerator isn't on wheels, what a dolt that I didn't do that, as I knew about cleaning compressors/coils before and just didn't do the rollaway refrigerator this last move, and have been consequentially lame-0 about coil cleaning.

Not easy to find refrigerator rollers at big stores.. Mine back in north north were steel, something like $16.00 for a package of two, for two sides of the fridge. Maybe that is just memory. I liked those so much that I outfitted my shelves in the basement with those, as the basement flooded slightly every five years or so. I think there were rollers and brakes, but maybe I am misremembering.

I checked online and see there are refrigerator coil brushes, 28". But, my mail box isn't 28 inches. Yes, I could do ups/fed but money matters.

We'll see, diane had some kind of refrigerator brush.


If Diane can't find hers to lend you, we have one you can borrow.
dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 10 May, 2010 06:19 am
specialist coil cleaning brush.
http://ballyhooligan.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/toilet_brush.jpg
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 10 May, 2010 07:14 am
@hamburgboy,
I did find some cheese, on the bottom shelf, under some packages of butter (I bake pies, so I stock up) but it was Cabot's private stock, in heavy black wax. It will be fine.I was going to share it with my daughter but forgot it.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 10 May, 2010 07:17 am
@chai2,
Because I work two jobs, which during the fall semester had been 7 days a week and because I have a 140 mile round trip commute to one, I make lots of things in bulk and freeze them. I still have soup and golubki (stuffed cabbage). I also found two different markets that sell packages of good quality meat at reasonable prices, so I freeze a lot of meat.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Mon 10 May, 2010 07:18 am
@edgarblythe,
Probably the only smart thing to do.
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