It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

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.

Sixteen bean soup!  Easy!  I cut the ham off the bone, dropped the bone into a crock pot, dumped a bag of beans in along  with a chopped onion, and I set it to simmer.

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.

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