‘Dinner SOS’ is the podcast where Bon Appétit answers your highly specific cooking conundrums, thanks to host and food director Chris Morocco and a rotating cast of cooking experts. Here, Chris goes deeper into this week’s kitchen emergency, which you can listen to here.
The most recent Dinner SOS episode was devoted to the steadfast hero of the kitchen: the freezer. Associate food editor Zaynab Issa and I spoke with caller Lana about all the virtues freezers have when it comes to meal prep, plus how using your freezer wisely can actually make you a better cook. We could have listed all that out for you (listen here instead), but we instead went rogue and asked BA editors for the craziest things they have ever frozen or seen in a freezer.
I’ve thrown my compost in there a few times if I’m heading out of town and have no time to drop it off anywhere. —Kelly Janke, culinary production director
I have a pet snake. So, uh, his food. —Julia Duarte, art assistant
My encapsulated placenta. —Emily Farris, senior commerce writer
It’s not crazy to freeze tofu, obviously, but if you’ve ever seen a frozen brick out of the packet, it’s pretty wild. Also: frozen damp kitchen towels for an elbow injury! —Ali Francis, staff writer
Jeans (I read you should do that instead of washing them). —Kaylee Hammonds, senior social media manager
Last year I learned that my in-laws would bag up and freeze my kids’ poopy diapers until trash day. Even though both kids are now out of diapers, I’ll never have ice at their house again. They claim it’s fine because it’s frozen (they’re both scientists and worked in labs before retiring, so they deal with all kinds of specimens), but that’s a big nope from me. —Anonymous