10 Ways to Organize Your Freezer
1. Clean out. Take inventory of what you have and throw out any expired items or things you know you’ll never use. If you aren’t going to use it, just toss it.Tip: Put freezer organizing on your calendar as a to-do every month or two. That way, you can rotate older items to the front so you don’t forget or waste them.
2. Label everything. The easiest way to stay organized and save money is to label everything that isn’t already. For example, when you break down bulk-sized packages of meat, label and date each portion.
Tip: For easy labelling, simply print our free freezer downloadable labels on sticker paper. Just print them out on sticker paper, attach them to the clean, dry jars, then transfer to the freezer.
3. Freeze things flat. When you buy things in bulk and separate them, make sure to freeze the new packages flat. Once frozen, you can stack them or turn them upright and store side-by-side.
4. Keep most-used items in the front. Keep your go-to frozen goods towards the front so they’re easy to find and grab. It limits the time you have the door open, which helps keep your freezer at its optimal temperature and can save energy.
5. Organize with bins & crates. Keep like items together this way. For example, put frozen veggies in one bin and frozen meats in another. If you do freezer cooking, keep everything for each recipe together. Or designate separate bins for frozen pizza, frozen lunches and so on.
6. Think before you freeze. If you know you aren’t going to use it, don’t freeze it.
7. See what’s already there. Save space—and money—by giving your freezer the once over before you go grocery shopping.
8. Cook once, eat twice. Plan ahead to buy enough food to make two meals out of your ingredients. Freezing half will save you time and money down the road.
Tip: Use muffin tins to freeze portion-sized breakfasts and snacks. Once frozen, wrap each serving individually for grab-and-go ease.
9. Substitute where you can . If you have a recipe that calls for a bag of frozen peas and you only have mixed veggies, switch it up. Don’t be afraid to substitute.
10. Use the old stuff first. Avoid opening something new by keeping older items in front of newer items.
Source : Home Made Simple Web Site, by Natalie Hoage, September 19th, 2012.