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Freezing With Fritzi


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.

16 Responses to “Freezing With Fritzi”

  1. [...] grew up in a butter family. My mom hated margarine from the start while my grandma Fritzi insists on using it in everything. Margarine just has this weird faux-sweet taste to it that always [...]
  2. 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.
  3. [...] towels and napkins but this simply allows for an opportune time to catch up on the phone with my grandma once a [...]
  4. [...] have had an answer for you either. Barley salad? Who on earth eats pearl barley other than my grandmother? She actually never really made it into a salad. She usually added it to her vegetable soups and I [...]
  5. [...] from tomatoes. This sauce is not a secret (anymore) and I don’t have a grandma named Meghan (my grandma is Fritzi) and I am not even close to being a [...]
  6. Linda Castner Berry said… December 1, 2014
    Megan -I have been looking for information on your grandmother. Specifically an address. My father, Max Castner flew with your grandfather on the crew of the Sweet Moonbean McSwine. My father passed away in May and we wanted to let Fritzi know and I have some pictures we would like to send her. Thanks much, Linda

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