An organized freezer is a beautiful thing to behold! There’s nothing I dislike more than digging through my freezer looking at bags of unidentifiable green, brown, and red “stuff” wondering what the bags contain, what the expiration dates are, and if I’ll be accidentally poisoning my family if I thaw one out and cook it…
That’s why I have a system in place to that I’ll share with you to help you Organize Your Freezer!
Here are my Top 5 Ways to Organize Your Freezer:
5. Vacuum Seal Produce in Bags
This accomplishes two things: it saves space and it allows you to see the produce for quick identification.
4. Use Plastic Milk Crates for Organizing Your Chest Freezer
This is a must for an organized freezer, especially if you’re organizing your chest freezer. Try to obtain different sizes so that you can customize how the chest freezer is organized. Separate your food into whatever categories make sense. I sort by Meat, Poultry, Seafood, Produce, etc.
Personally, I just bought a Sterilite 16928006 Storage Crate, White, 6-Pack on Amazon to organize my chest freezer.
3. Freeze in Serving Size Portions
Thawing out 10 pounds of chicken in order to cook 2 pounds for dinner leaves you with 8 pounds of thawed chicken. You don’t want to refreeze it, so now you’re either eating chicken for every meal this week or wasting food. Instead, freeze food in serving sizes for one or two people, and thaw as needed. This includes condiments or sauces, too.
2. LABEL EVERYTHING!
An organized freezer requires labels. Place an outward facing label on all items in your freezer, containing the following info:
- Date Frozen
- Best Used By Date
Trust me. This eliminates guesswork and TONS of frustration.
1. Use Wood to Create Separators in Your Chest Freezer
Cut plywood or “one-by” pieces to create separate compartments in your chest freezer. This eliminates digging and shuffling through freezing bags to find what you want. Again, separate food by whatever categories make it easiest for you.