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There is lots of advice for fridge organization – I’ve offered plenty before – but how about freezer organization? Have you ever opened the freezer and had some heavy, unidentifiable object hurl out and land on your toe? It’s a nightmare. I know I’m guilty of cramming things in wherever I can find room. Then either stuff falls out at random or I get to enjoy the excruciating experience of digging out and unearthing something later.
Looking into an organized freezer, on the other hand, always puts me in a good mood because everything is properly packaged and stored, so it lasts longer and doesn’t go to waste, and I know where everything is.
Here are some tried and tested freezer organization tips that you can start using right away. Hopefully, you’ll be as pleased with the results as I am!
Understand What Can and Cannot Be Frozen
Even though I wish that all foods could be frozen, some simply do not freeze well. High-moisture fruits and vegetables (such as lettuce and watermelon), dairy products (such as yogurt), and fried foods are examples of items that should be kept out of the freezer.
Pancakes, waffles, nuts, berries, muffins, stocks or broths, meats, fish, shrimp, chilis, and stews are all good candidates for freezing. It’s more likely that you’ll want to eat foods that haven’t been frozen the wrong way and are now suffering from freezer burn.
Freeze in Usable Portions
It may be tempting to toss the entire value-pack of chicken pieces into the freezer, but you’ll come to regret it when you only need a few pieces and the entire package is frozen solid.
Instead, as you undertake proper freezer organization, portion out ingredients into usable portions, such as eight chicken pieces or a half-pound of ground beef, and freeze each portion separately in a separate container or freezer bag. That way, all you have to do is take out what you need and thaw the appropriate amount.
Another option is to freeze everything in individual pieces first, then combine them in one bag or container. The pieces will not stick together this way, and you can simply grab the exact number of pieces you require.
Freeze everything flat as much as possible. For example, fill a sturdy freezer bag with the leftover chili, seal it, and place it flat in the freezer until frozen. It’s easier to stack or organize flat, even-thickness items upright in a container.
Use the Right Containers
Freezer burn can be caused by air circulating around frozen foods, so find a container that is as close to the size of what you want to freeze as possible.
If you’re going to use plastic bags, make sure they’re freezer-safe and that you squeeze out as much air as possible before freezing. Make sure foods are tightly double-wrapped if you’re using foil. By doing so, you’ll be able to maximize freezer space while also keeping air out.
Freezers are typically large open spaces with little to no shelving. While frozen foods can be stacked on top of one another without harming one another, the piles can quickly become unmanageable.
To keep things from falling out, and keep up with good freezer organization, invest in plastic tubs or organizers, and assigning a food category to each organizer will make finding exactly what you’re looking for a breeze!
Don’t Keep Ice Cream in the Door
Because the door is the warmest part of the freezer, avoid putting high-fat items like ice cream there because they may melt and refreeze. Keep the door space open for things like nuts and alcohol!
You’ll never have to guess what’s inside if you take the time to label and date your foods. It’s difficult to tell the difference between stew and soup, and even opening the container for a sniff test is difficult because there won’t be much of an aroma. You don’t want to defrost the wrong thing, so label everything for your own sanity’s sake!
To take it a step further, measure or weigh what you’re putting in the freezer and write the amount on the label — handy when you’re unsure if you have enough for a recipe.
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