I was offered two pans of frozen cheese ravioli while picking up my food from the Gleaners today. Never one to turn down actual meal type food (a lot of the stuff I get from there is rather random and needs more ingrediants to turn it into meals) I accepted and was handed a rather long flat box. I assumed that inside the box were 2 foil pans side by side, and that I could stash one in the freezer and thaw the other in the fridge before heating. Got home and opened up the outer carton to discover that nope.. it's two HUGE pans stacked on top of each other.
This presents a problem - the pans are too big to fit in my freezer, fridge, or oven. I'm not sure how to handle this now. The instructions on top of the pans say to thaw for a minimum of 2 days in the fridge.
The only thing I can think of right now is to leave them sitting on the counter until they start to thaw just enough to maybe break the contents of the pan into smaller pieces and repackage into gallon ziplock freezer bags and return the the freezer. I'm sure the texture of the pasta will suffer as a result, which I am willing to put up with for the price these cost me - nothing. Another option would be to stick them into a large trash bag, and place inside my largest storage tote (something like this - http://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Roug...) on a bag of ice and wrap the whole thing up in towels/blankets to insulate it to keep it cooler than leaving it on the counter but still giving it a chance to thaw out. I think I have a tote large enough to hold the pans. Then proceed with the repackaging and freezing as stated above.
Worst case scenario, I can let it start to thaw, pull off and get rid of the outer thawing bits and dispose of them, and only keep the center still frozen part until it's small enough to fit into my fridge to thaw safely and then bake in a lasagna pan. I hate to throw away good food, but at this point unless I come up with a solution of some sort, it's all going to go to waste.
And please - don't suggest donating it to the foodbank. I've posted asking for tips on how to handle a large quantity of food before and inevitably someone tells me to stop being greedy and donate the food to someone else who can use it. Someone HAS already donated it to a foodbank. The Gleaners is an organization that distributes donated food every week to members who pay a small fee and volunteer their time to help run the organization if they are able.