It’s something I never thought about when I bought my freezer less than 12 months ago. I didn’t think about it when I bought that huge ham on sale either. I mean, the price was right, and there I was, pondering my quest of saving money.
The freezer came about right before my surgery. I knew it would be awhile before I could make a good meal again. I figured I could put some meals together and freeze them so everyone would be fed. I made it easy with instructions and pictures on the outside of the meals I made. I can’t even begin to express how great those meals were when I was trying to recover. It was a blessing to say the least.
Listen, I don’t know how to say this nicely. My husband bombs considerably when it comes to cooking. Don’t suggest to me that I could’ve left him some boxes of macaroni and cheese. Seriously, the kids boycotted macaroni and cheese out of fear for months after he made it for them. I had to coax them back into a taste after the mac and cheese scare of 2007. I don’t know how he managed to screw it up so royally. I’m not even quite sure how he survived as a bachelor. What I do know is that the freezer changed my world…until yesterday.
A pop and a sizzle were all it took to end the life of our freezer. When we called the company today, they weren’t surprised and offered a replacement. The problem is that I didn’t realize that ham was in there.
A ham that was still a little frozen, but had managed to defrost.
A TEN POUND HAM….not a little bit of ham..
I was instantly angry at myself for being so greedy when ham went on sale. There I was with Big Ham. It sat on the counter. I stared it down. I walked out of the kitchen, “I don’t know what to do with all of this ham. I’m not even in a ham kind of mood.”
I went back into the kitchen. There it was…something had to be done.
I quickly scoured the pantry. Dried beans, dried beans….RED BEANS AND RICE! I started the process of a quick soak on some dried red kidney beans. As they sat for an hour, I moved onward.
I cut up ham for the Red Beans and Rice and dumped it into the pot when I started to cook the 16 oz. bag of beans. Tomato sauce, oregano, chili powder, salt…and, at the very end, I had enough liquid in the pot to cook two cups of rice.
I ended up cooking the remainder of the ham and grinding up half of it to make a spread with mayonnaise. Let’s see…kind of reminds you a bit of something bought in a can with a devil printed on it? I’ll just call this a ham sandwich spread.
With that, there were a few slices of ham left to eat however the wind blows. I came to the realization that there is always too much ham every time I buy one. I think I may grill out on Easter. Steak sounds good.