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#1 Old 11-02-2004, 08:34 AM
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I'm going to whine....

So I discovered this morning, while getting raspberries out of the freezer for my oatmeal, that the freezer was off. All the food is pretty much thawed. Berries and such are still cold and a bit frosty, but definitely not re-freezable.

My son is the culprit - he loves to play with the knobs and dials inside the fridge. He must have done this last night.

I had bags upon bags of frozen fruit in there, along with frozen veggies and potatoes.

Now I'm putting all the fruit into a big bowl and I'm going to make smoothies out of it. Sigh.
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#2 Old 11-02-2004, 08:36 AM
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Why can't you refreeze it?
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#3 Old 11-02-2004, 08:37 AM
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Aww..that sucks. Can you pull the knob off and hide it from him?
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Food that has been frozen and thawed cannot be re-frozen. At least that's a food rule I was taught, for safety's sake.
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maybe you should have a big dinner party!



can you refreeze veggies and fruit successfully?
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I don't think I can do that, but I can duct tape it. I'll run out and buy some later when I go vote.
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I was going to say, start making soups and smoothies. You can refreeze the soups/stews after they're made.
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Oh, man. That is my most unfavorite household disaster. Well, maybe it is tied with our recent plumbing problems but it is close.



Is this a BIG freezer or one on your fridge?



You have my sympathy.



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Oh, man. That is my most unfavorite household disaster. Well, maybe it is tied with our recent plumbing problems but it is close.



Is this a BIG freezer or one on your fridge?



You have my sympathy.



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It's just the one in the fridge...but it was well stocked - at least more than usual. I think I'm lucky I had a million of those blue ice packs in there, otherwise the food would have been warm by this morning I think.
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We have a big one in the garage and it used to get unplugged sometimes, or someone would leave the door ajar (a kid). It used to always a be drippy thawed meat mess but the last time it happened I only had fruit and some frozen Amy's pizzas to deal with.



This is another time to be glad you are veg.



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This is another time to be glad you are veg.



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You are soooo right!

The only thing in there that wasn't a fruit or a veggie was some frozen waffles, and we can eat those for lunch/snack.





So here's what I have - bags of edamame, corn, green beans, peas, and mixed veggies, plus french fries. What can I make with this? I think I have vegan boullion cubes. Do I just throw it all in a pot with some water and boullion? And this can be re-frozen? Sorry...I feel clueless. I usually follow a recipe.
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Do you have rice? Simmer the veggies in the veggie broth (except for the fries of course) and then tossed it together with rice. Sounds yummy!
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You're on your way to a pot of mean veggie soup. Sautee an onion and some garlic in the bottom of a pan with a little olive oil (sweat them). Then add your veggie boullion cubes, h20, veggies from freezer ~ soup in 20 minutes. Add some other herbs, uhhmmm dry thyme is good in soups, add a bay leaf? Wing it, you'll come up with something great!
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Looks like it's buffet at Sally's tonight..y'all come-!
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You're on your way to a pot of mean veggie soup. Sautee an onion and some garlic in the bottom of a pan with a little olive oil (sweat them). Then add your veggie boullion cubes, h20, veggies from freezer ~ soup in 20 minutes. Add some other herbs, uhhmmm dry thyme is good in soups, add a bay leaf? Wing it, you'll come up with something great!





This is pretty much what we did when our power went out for several days last winter (thankfully we have a gas stove) and it turned out really well.
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have a big time party indeed!
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I am really sorry to hear this.



Having no idea what your freezer looks like, or how big your son is, I don't know what to recommend. There must be some way you can rig up a lock for it.

Or perhaps glue on some sort of velcro fastener at a level your son cannot reach.



You of course will need to be extremely careful that your locking mechanism is such that a person cannot get locked inside.



I am sure someone has thought of an appropriate "gizmo" for something like this, but I cannot recall ever having seen one in any hardware or appliance store.



I've only read about a person having a lock on their freezer in the novel "White Oleander," where the foster mother did this to starve her foster children to keep them in line. It was not done as a safety measure.



ETA: I just thought of something. Perhaps the answer isn't a lock but an alarm. They do make battery-operated alarms for doors that will go off if the door is jostled or opened. I think these cost about $15. Of course, you'd have to hang this or affix this at a level beyond your son's reach. And you yourself would have to remember to shut the alarm off when using the freezer, then turn it back on again when you are finished. But this might help "train" your son not to open the freezer.
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I just did a little looking around on the internet and found a lot of products made just for your type of situation. Maybe they would not be found in hardware stores as easily as stores that cater to babies and toddlers. At any rate, here are several sites of possible interest:



http://www.preventables.com/kitchen/KS-20.html



http://www.preventables.com/kitchen/KS-13.html



http://www.preventables.com/kitchen/KS-15.html



http://www.babyant.com/bh043116.html



http://www.babyant.com/bh043075.html



http://www.babyant.com/bh043047.html



http://www.babyant.com/household.html
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Crock pot time.
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#20 Old 11-02-2004, 03:07 PM
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or Pot time crock.........depends on you're legal point of view....*whistles to self*
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#21 Old 11-02-2004, 03:09 PM
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Well, I do lean Libertarian...
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*sighhhhhhhhh*...
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