Freezer organization…say wha??? Is that even a thing? Yes, yes it is.
Up your kitchen game by banishing freezer-burned items and mystery meat forever.
- EMPTY- Take everything out of the freezer and wipe down the interior, door seal, and handle. Use a warm, wet, lint-free cloth to prevent sticking.
- PURGE- Throw out any expired foods, freezer-burned items, or questionable leftovers.
- GROUP- Group similar packaging together (bags vs. boxes) and keep like items together. Organizing the freezer is a lot like playing Tetris. (If only there were L shaped boxes to fill in the gaps!) I recommend picking up some freezer bins if you have room. Bins help with grouping!
- ZONES- Zones are essentially a collection of grouped items. Freezer zones are typically set by type (meat zone, soup zone, fruit zone) or by meal (breakfast zone, dinner zone, snack zone). Set them up based on what makes sense for you and your family. Be sure to leave a little wiggle room for leftovers!
- LABEL- Add erasable, dishwasher safe labels to your food storage containers so you can keep track of leftovers. Remember to add the date to all freezer items! If you open a box or bag and only use part of it, add a label and date to the box or bag. Labeling and dating your food helps you use it before it’s encased in an eternal tomb of ice. Just sayin’.
And that’s a wrap! Easy peasy, right?
Remember, being organized does NOT mean that you set it and forget it. Your organization system can and should adjust to meet your changing needs. Reassess your storage needs each season as the types and quantities of freezer foods typically change throughout the year.