We all work hard at finding ways to trim our food budget and spend less at the grocery store. If you are like me, you find yourself wasting food because your freezer is unorganized. I hate to buy food that we end up throwing out because we didn’t use it. It’s like throwing money in the trash.
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I am challenging myself to get my freezer cleaned out and organized. Food is easier to find in an organized freezer. I want to know what I have in my freezer so I can use it before it goes bad.
According to professional organizers (I am so jealous of these people), if you will take the time to organizer your freezers the right way, you won’t have to clean it again for at least a year! A whole year! WOOHOO!
Out with the old. Take everything out of the freezer. If the food is expired throw it out. Put the food you are going to keep in an ice chest to keep it cold.
Fresh and clean. Defrost the freezer and wipe it out. Clean with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Vinegar is a great deodorizer and cuts through grease. Water/Vinegar solution is also good for cleaning your fridge. For tough stains, sprinkle baking soda and spray with the solution. After your science experiment is over, scrub the stain with the baking soda paste. You can also remove stains by using a lemon that has been cut in half and sprinkling the stain with salt or cream of tartar. Scrub with the lemon.
Organize, organize organize. Place items that you frequently use on their own shelves (for my family that’s meat and frozen veggies).
Use freezer bags. When you freeze foods, place them in freezer bags. Lay the bag flat, leaving about ¼ – ½ inch space to allow the food to expand as it freezes. After the food freezes, you can store the bags upright. Food takes up less space this way and is easier to find. Learn how to flash freeze your food.
Label it. Have you ever looked at a frozen container of food and wondered what it was? Guilty. Label and date bags and storage containers with a permanent marker. Permanent marker will wash off your plastic containers so you can label it again later.
Rotate. Use a FIFO approach (First In First Out). When you put new food in your freezer, place it behind the older food. That way you are always rotating your foods and something doesn’t get lost way in the back never to be seen again.
What tips do you have for keeping your freezer organized?