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5 Recipes to Help Clear out Your Freezer (or Stock It!) — Meals from The Kitchn

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If you are anything like me, your freezer is packed to the gills with odds and ends — half-bags of spinach, a stray chicken breast, a handful of frozen edamame leftover from a recipe made months ago. This week, Nealey brought us a bunch of recipes for using up lots of those bits and clearing some freezer space. Here they are, rounded up into three easy weeknight meals.

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​Stone Soup: The Answer to Freezer Odds and Ends — Love Your Freezer

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You know the folk tale of the three hungry soldiers returning from war? After years of hardship, the villagers in the town they come upon are reticent to share any food with them. The soldiers end up tricking the townspeople into contributing a bounty to their Stone Soup. One man brings a hunk of beef while another brings some carrots. A woman and her child contribute potatoes and onions that they "happen" to find in the cellar. The resulting meal is a feast for all to partake of.

There’s a lesson for us home cooks, as well.

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The Week I Forgot To Buy Onions (And You’ll Never Guess What Happened Next!) — Life in the Kitchen

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Onions are the linchpin for a smoothly operating dinnertime machine in my house. Not only do I use them in most of my cooking, but as long as I have a few onions in the cupboard, I know there are at least five different quick and easy meals that I can make in a heartbeat if other dinner plans fall through. Without them, I feel lost and alone and afraid.

Which is exactly where I found myself a few weeks ago after forgetting to replenish my onion stash on the weekly shopping trip — it was bad luck and bad timing with an especially busy work week. What happened next was a lesson in patience, flexibility, and most of all, getting out of my comfort zone.

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Recipe: Cheesy Tex-Mex Twice-Baked Potatoes — Recipes from The Kitchn

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True story: I go through more chili powder and cumin than just about any others of the spices in my kitchen. When I adopt a recipe into my regular rotation, like Twice-Baked Potatoes, it's rarely long before I'm applying a liberal dose of these two spices and figuring out how to work some black beans and corn into the mix. I blame Tex-Mex Tuesday in my college cafeteria — it's been over a decade since my last meal there, but my love for these flavors is still going strong.

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​How I Save Money by Eating Down the Freezer — Love Your Freezer

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Twice a year, I unplug my deep freeze for a few weeks. It gets a chance to thaw, the ice melting off the sides. I wipe it down, and I save a few kilowatts in energy rather than running an empty freezer.

Why do I have an empty freezer?

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​How I Save Money by Eating Down the Freezer — Love Your Freezer

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Twice a year, I unplug my deep freeze for a few weeks. It gets a chance to thaw, the ice melting off the sides. I wipe it down, and I save a few kilowatts in energy rather than running an empty freezer.

Why do I have an empty freezer?

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