freezing garbage

LinelleMay 5, 2013

In a recent thread about the pros and cons of having a garbage disposal, food gone bad was discussed. annkh freezes bad stew until garbage day. I thought, yuck. Last week we had temps in the 90s. I decided to cook chicken and had a pile of raw thigh skin and bones. The garbage had just been collected that day and the thought of all that raw chicken festering in the garbage can was revolting. I remembered the great stew-gone-bad trick. So I bagged up all the chicken leavings and stuck them in the freezer until Tuesday morning. So brilliant!

My kitchen whiteboard has the reminder: "Frozen garbage."

Edited to add: While I'm in the pro-GD camp, I do NOT put raw chicken skin through it.

This post was edited by linelle on Sun, May 5, 13 at 12:11

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andreak100

I learned this freezing trick from my grandfather. He would use a 1/2 gallon milk container for scraps and bits that needed to wait until garbage day. I don't use it as much now that we have a GD, but for stuff that shouldn't go down the GD, that's what we do. Works great!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:16PM
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Linelle

That's a great idea, andreak100. I've just gone back to drinking regular milk and will use the empty containers for scraps, esp. meat.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 12:20PM
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snookums2

I always thought people would cringe if they knew I've put garbage in the freezer, lol. But it does work great! I even might get a little trash bin for it after reading here, lol.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:02PM
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a2gemini

I do it all of the time - I re-use zip lock bags and it works great - it was one reason why I didn't put the compost bin in the countertop..

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:09PM
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Sophie Wheeler

That's not garbage! That's the raw ingredients to home made stock. All of the skins, bones, onion skins, carrot tops, etc. goes in the freezer until there's a stock pot worth. Then it gets simmered, skimmed, strained, and the resulting stock made into ice cubes to be stored in plastic baggies for addition to dishes for extra flavor instead of using water.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:35PM
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chiefneil

If it's a stew-style dish I just throw the skin and bones in the pot then pull them out later and toss. You may have a bit more fat to skim but they add great flavor. If I'm baking then I'll put the offcuts in a separate pan and just put them in the oven with everything else for 30 mins to cook, then toss them.

Having once experienced the odor of rotting raw meat, I agree that whatever your method (freezing or cooking) the experience is something to be avoided at all cost.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 1:49PM
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taggie

I don't put raw meat down the GD either. But I nuke it and then put it through. Freezer would work too, I just prefer the nuke-and-dispose method since it's one less thing to remember for later.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:16PM
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island

No room in my freezer for bones and skin and doubt I would do it anyway. I put it in a zip lock and put that in the trash. Nothing stinks.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:43PM
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rkb21

My mom used to do this and still does as a way to prevent rotting smells in the hot weather down south.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:48PM
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lazy_gardens

I freeze things that would make a horrible stench in the garbage, unless they can be buried in the compost heap.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 3:57PM
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debrak_2008

My elderly mother used to do that. The issue was that sometimes it didn't make it to the garbage regularly. She would forget about it. The truck would come early and she didn't get it out in time. She didn't label it living alone. I was horrified the first time I found garbage in the freezer (mostly over ripe bananas).

A few times I had to clean out her freezer and found garbage. After she moved she still continued this, being worried that the community garbage room in the building would stink. I finally convinced her that the garbage room would stink whether her garage was in it or not.

I do use a GD but usually put bones and skins in the garbage can. I have never found our outside garbage can to smell that bad. I'm sure it matters what climate you are in.

I'm glad to know that others do this as I admit to being concerned about my mothers sanity when I discovered this, lol.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 5:33PM
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beekeeperswife

...and I always write "Garbage" on it...my big fear is I'll defrost a bag of.....well....garbage....for dinner.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:15PM
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heidihausfrau

That is sooo funny Bee!!!

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:20PM
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snookums2

Seeing the title of this thread cracks me up. I think we have a new appliance in the making. If I can afford it in my next life, I think I'll have a dedicated freezer for the trash can, lol.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:31PM
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justretired

Another garbage freezer here. On those 90 degree summer days that chicken would be cookin' in the garbage can! I love winter because it freezes itself when I put it outside.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 11:34PM
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go_figure01

I always freeze my garbage. Friends and family think I am nuts but it makes more sense to me than having it sitting out in a garbage container until disposal day !

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:42AM
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live_wire_oak

I freeze a lot of things. Spices. Veggies from the garden. Stock. Leftovers.

Not trash.

If it's not ingredients for a broth or another dish down the road (90%), and it's foodstuffs (like leftovers from that broth making), then it goes in the compost. Nothing compostable goes down a disposal or in the trash. Yes, you can compost meats with no problems if you have the nitrogen/carbon ratio of your pile correct and it's hot enough. If it's something like a pot of soup that I've not frozen fast enough to keep it edible for later, then that gets the "direct compost" treatment by using the immersion blender and dumping it under a favorite tree or shrub after pulling back the mulch.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:25AM
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elphaba_gw

I freeze oil drippings or unused fat(after it cools a bit) in ziplock bags. Don't want them in the GD and they might leak to the inside of the garbage can that is picked up so freezing seemed to be the logical solution. Glad to know there are others who are "logical" too. But I have been known to forget. Thanks for the tip/reminder about labeling - I'm going to do that more regularly.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:00AM
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Linelle

Mission accomplished! Frozen chicken skin garbage collected, no drips, no smells, no gagging.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:56AM
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zeebee

My dad always freezes garbage. He's a three-season recreational fisherman with once-a-week garbage pickup. When he fillets his catch, he wraps the fish remains in newspaper, then in a plastic bag, and uses the bottom shelf of the basement upright freezer to hold everything until trash day.

I have trash pickup 2x per week and the can is far enough away from the house, and pretty airtight, for me not to worry about odors.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 1:05PM
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annkh_nd

We stay at a Minnesota resort every summer that has a large freezer next to the fish cleaning building. Fish guts get wrapped in newspaper and right into the freezer (which isn't used for anything else). On garbage pickup day it gets tossed in the dumpster. It's genius!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 6:05PM
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homebuyer23

I love this! My Mom always used to do this, we kids all rolled our eyes at her. Then when I got married and had my own household I started doing it, and my dh thought it was strange. Now he does it too! It is a great idea! Someone invent a freezer trash container & get it on Shark Tank!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 6:21PM
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waterdamage

We keep our compost in a plastic bag in the bottom drawer of the fridge until we're ready to take it out back. Not good for the compost pile to dump frozen stuff on it, but I think this behavior is a cousin of you all freezing garbage!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 9:27PM
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texasgal47

My other home had to be snaked occasionally--everything was put down the disposal. To keep the drains clear at my current home, all food scraps and oils go into the freezer before trash day. It helps to know I'm not nutty after reading this thread.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2013 at 6:47AM
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