We all know that a freezer is invaluable to a stockpiler. However, it is so easy for a freezer to become disorganized. This means that food can get lost in the shuffle and go bad before you have time to eat it. Let’s take a closer look at some freezer organization hacks.
Label It All
Speaking of labels, you want to make sure to label everything in your freezer. You may think you’ll be able to tell the difference between beef tips and steak, but you’d be surprised. Plus, this allows you to put a date on the package as well.
You also want to label the bins you stick the food into. For example, you could have a bin for soups, vegetables, freezer meals, etc.
Freeze Things Flat
Freezer meals are a huge hit with families, but if you want to make the most room in your freezer, freeze your filled bags flat. This will allow you to stack them in your freezer. Or, you could slide them down into a box to create a freezer meal file folder.
But Store Things Vertically
You can purchase magazine holders to store the flat items vertically. Make sure to label each bin so you know what's inside.
Purchase Inexpensive Bins to Organize Meat
Do you often find yourself digging and digging and digging for the pork chops you wanted to cook or that beef roast?
A great tip is to organize your meat by type. You can get as detailed as you want, or you can keep it simple by having a separate bin for beef, chicken, and pork.
Corral All the Small Stuff
Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, etc. The boxes take up a lot of space, but it’s easy to lose these small items in the back of the freezer if you take them out of the box.
Find bins that will perfectly fit into your freezer and then transfer the items over. You’ll be able to find what you were looking for and create more space.
The bins don't have to be expensive. Look at your local Dollar Tree's assortment of bins and containers to see if they have any that will work for you.
Freeze Things in Smaller Usable Portions
Rather than freezing everything together in one big block, break up items into smaller, usable portions so that you can pull out just what your need for each meal.
You could use something like these Souper Cubes to break soups and other liquid items into smaller portions and freeze them.
Keep a Freezer Inventory
If you keep a freezer inventory, it will be a lot easier to see what you have at a glance. You won't have to dig around in your bins to see if you have an item or not.
Store Meat at the Bottom of the Freezer
You want to store your meat at the bottom of the freezer just in case anything happens and the meat leaks. If it's at the bottom, it won't ruin everything located below it.
Transfer Bagged Vegetables to Water Jugs
Do you hate dealing with all those bags of frozen vegetables? Transfer them into gallon-size water jugs. Not only are these easier to store, but it’s super easy to pour your vegetables as well. Just use a label to keep up with what’s what.
Otherwise, you can freeze the vegetables flat and store them vertically in a magazine holder.
Your freezer doesn’t have to be a mess. With a bit of time and some storage bins from your local Dollar Tree, you can organize your freezer. If you’re ready for a more organized freezer, test out these freezer organization hacks for yourself.