Freezing With Fritzi

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I recently took a trip to Winnipeg to spend some time with my grandma Fritzi for her 87th birthday. There is no one quite like my grandmother. She is a pint-sized feisty little thing;  we do what she says and that is just the way it goes.

We have this running joke in our family, that if any of us are heading out West for a visit, we don’t give my grandmother too much time to prepare. The day we call to say we are coming, whether it be a month in advance or six months, she will get busy cooking up our arrival dinner and promptly stick it in the freezer to await our visit. My dad has said that he used to come home from school to the delicious aroma of fresh baked chocolate cake, only to find that it had already been wrapped up and stuck in the freezer for a future special occasion.

Everything goes in the freezer. My grandma even used to keep bubble gum in the freezer- and there is still something nostalgic about biting in to an icy-cold, hard piece of grape Bubblicious.

Despite all our teasing, my grandma has taught us well. My freezer is now full of my own homecooking. Living on my own, I’ll make big batches of soup, sauces, and cookies and keep some to eat fresh and freeze the rest for later. If we are going to pull anything out of the freezer for a quick and easy dinner, we are far better off having it be our own home cooking than grocery store bought frozen dinners. The next best thing to fresh, is eating our own frozen cooking, where minimal nutrient loss occurs. For reheating however, it is always best to allow food to defrost on its own and then place it in a pot on the stove or in the oven; never the microwave.

My grandma lives in a condo building with all my friends grandparents. These women lived through the depression, through wars, through several children and they have learned to be prepared at all times. When they moved into this building from their homes, they all brought with them their secondary freezers, which now reside in a single room affectionately referred to as “The Freezer Room”.

Should you ever find yourslef with an emergency need for a batch of commish (also known as mandel bread), gefilte fish, or a sliced brisket with gravy, my grandma Fritzi has your back.

15 Responses to “Freezing With Fritzi”

  1. Freezing With Fritzi Video

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  2. Marci Telpner Rosenthal

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    Your grandmother (my aunt), when she had a giant “walk-in” freezer on Smithfield, used to iron your grandfather’s shirts and put them in the freezer on a hanger so that he would make a “crisp appearance” at work.

    She also made me vacuum her entire house and make all the nap in the carpet go in one direction–while she gave my sister a jade egg as a reward for using an electric egg chopper. I’m still holding a grudge. Aunt Fritzi also gave me a book when I got married on “how to be a good housewife” and the first piece of advice in the book was to get up early to “check that scale.”

    Happy Birthday, Aunt Fritzi! I am very impressed by your freezer and loved the tour. I guess I forgive you.

    Love,

    Marci

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  3. Sally Telpner

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    Fritzi should get an award for her years of cooking,
    baking and freezing. She is the BEST!

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  4. Heidi Telpner Barr

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    Hey Aunt Fritzi – Happy Birthday! So nice to see my gorgeous aunt still cooking! Love the freezer! I never had to vacuumn the house, neither was I allowed to use the electric egg chopper, but I do remember it! Love you!

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  5. Sari Telpner

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    Well Meghan, I see “Freezing with Fritzi” has really got the Telpner women going. I love your grandmother( my Auntie Fritzi) so much, and she has been a great teacher to us all with anything having to do with food. During my days as a professional pastry chef, the art of perfect wrapping and fresh-freezing was as important as any baking ingredient or technique.

    Thank you Aunt Fritzi for sharing your freezer with the world.

    (And Marci- Get over it!)

    Love, Sari

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  6. Deborah Telpner

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    Happy Birthday Aunt Fritzi! You look absolutely wonderful and the video was so much fun to watch. I enjoyed the tour of the freezer room. I hope there are many more years of cooking and freezing!

    love,
    Deborah

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  7. elain

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    And a word from the other side of the family, because she is my Auntie Fritzie too! Perhaps it’s genetic? I, too have a bit of a freezer fetich… filling it, as Meghan says, with my own home cooked meals. As a single person, it is a wonderful way of making yummy meals that are meant for more than one, and having them easily accessible later.

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  8. Marcia and Ken Brookler

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    Happy birthday Auntie Fritzi! We are sorry to inform you that we have a very small freezer. We only freeze chickens soup and matzoh balls.
    Love
    Marcia and Ken

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  12. Mike

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    HAHAHAHAHA. That’s great and my grandmother is the same way. I think she has things in her freezer that are older than me. Of course, it’s still “fresh” though.

    I wonder what weird habits we have that future generations are going to make fun of…besides eating garbage food and being morbidly obese.

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