I'm talking about that old chest freezer down in the utility room. It's what we needed to get to the bottom of. My mother gave us the freezer in 2005 as a kind of housewarming gift. She was here for three weeks, and after a few days she said: "I think you need a freezer." So we spent a few days of her visit going to a few stores to see what brands and models the professionals would recommend. All of a sudden, that freezer is 16 years old.
This photo is about five days old. We had already removed about half the contents of the freezer. We've been keeping a lot of bread in there since the village bakery ended the bread delivery service a few years ago.
One of the bags Walt found down at the bottom of the freezer held a good kilogram of quince that we had cored and cut into wedges. One thing to make with them would be jelly, but we just don't eat that much jelly. So I made the quince-equivalent of applesauce with them (compote de coings).
And with the quince compote and a handful of pecans I made a cake. I didn't purée the quince compote, I just mashed it — so there are some chunks of white quince flesh in the cake.
Another bag we found at the bottom of the freezer contained at least a kilogram of grits. If you don't know what grits are... they are a kind of polenta made with white corn. In the U.S. South, we cook and eat them the way you cook and eat oatmeal or cream of wheat. I used to bring bags of grits back from N.C. when I'd go there annually to see my family, and I'm sure these grits are pretty old, but I cooked some the other day and they're good.
Close to the grits in the bottom of the freezer were two bags of corn meal. You might call it corn "semolina" (semoule de maïs in French. I see baked cornbread (leavened with baking powder, not yeast) and fried cornbread ("hushpuppies") in the near future. Both bags of corn meal, one white and one yellow, had been imported from Italy. I'm not sure when or where we bought them, but it was somewhere here in France.
Here's the 16-year-old chest freezer. Behind it on the right is the upright freezer that we bought in 2017. Behind it on the left is the boiler, which heats water for the radiators all around the house. The idea was that we would empty out and "de-commission" the older freezer. We set it here "temporarily" while we worked on emptying it out, but somehow it kept filling up over and over again. The danger is that it might suddenly give up the ghost one day, and then what would we do with all the stuff in it?