fridge/freezer disaster – warning and questions
On Monday, our fridge felt warm, so we turned up the coldness - by Wednesday, everything in the fridge was going off - and everything in the freezer was completely thawed. Our landlord has since replaced the fridge, but we had to toss everything from fridge and freezer. I'm sure that some of the condiments may have survived, but they were warm to the touch, so we tossed them - our recycling box is crazy full with condiment jars and whatnot. We're going to stock up again, even though my husband is still suffering shock from the amount of food we had to throw away (hundreds of dollars worth, excluding condiments, which I did not tally up). We're going to do this at the no-membership warehouse store, which has great store brands and lower prices than our usual store, for those items we can. Also, a warning - if your fridge dies, notice it immediately and do not wait 3 days to deal with it. Cleaning that up was stinky, messy, and expensive. There is still purple melted popscicle goo all over my kitchen. And I am SO glad that we established an emergency fund last year, so that we can deal with this emergency. A question - what do YOU keep on hand in the freezer or fridge, and how do you use those items to prepare quick and cheap dinners? (Prepared foods aside, we dont' eat those very often at all). I had things like cooked beans and rice to add to dishes, homemade pasta sauce, frozen veggies and fruit of all kinds, diced onion and celery, diced peppers (bell and hot), Bay leaves, lime leaves, chiles in sauce... you get the idea. Help me restock and give me meal ideas too! I feel very burnt out on cooking right now... Fridge things too - we had the usual mustard and hot sauce, but even as I cleaned it I thought it seemed boring.