Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The smell of grandma's freezer

I pulled a couple of hot dogs out of the freezer when I got home from work today and realized that the plastic bag they were in smelled like my grandmother's house.

I paused and smelled it again. Yup, it smelled just like if I had pulled the bag out of grandma's freezer in Sweden 20 years go.

When I opened up the freezer, I found a bag of dill next to where the hot dogs had been.
"Aha!" I exclaimed to nobody. "That's why!"

You see, my grandmother would always keep dill and parsley in the freezer.
"You never know when you'll need it," she'd say.

Perhaps she still does. All I know is that at her old house where I grew up, she used to have an enormous freezer against the back wall of the kitchen for all her baked goods and some extra meatballs. I didn't realize until today that all those things in there had a very distinctive smell.

It's amazing how such little things can bring so many memories.


Anne Sofie said...

Mmmm, the smell of dill is powerful - and delicious.

All Swedes keep dill and parsley in their freezers. We can't do without those. Or at least the elder generation couldn't. I also have a stock of homegrown dill and parsley in my freezer, but I don't use it as much as my mother does. But still, as your granny said, you never know when you'll need it...

Vickan said...

It does come in handy. And you can't keep it fresh for very long unless you freeze it.

Plus, it tastes so much better fresh than from a spice jar.

Anonymous said...

Hi hi
I have to tell you that sometimes I smell something and it reminds me of your grandma's bathroom, I don't know what it is but it's probably something she used like schampoo.....a funny way to remember you and your grandma.:)