Organize Your Deep Freezer

5 Quick Tips to Help You Organize Your Deep Freezer

Summer is finally here, with plenty of colorful berries, tomatoes, summer squashes, peas, peppers, and rhubarbs to liven up our meals. But if you know you’ll probably struggle to eat all of summer’s bounty, there’s an easy way to keep it for months to come: freeze it.

But before you engage in this labor, you need to make sure your freezer is properly clean and organized.

Organizing a deep freezer is not always easy, but if you neglect this task, you’ll soon begin to have to dig down in the abyss for your frozen berries, which can get very frustrating.

In this article, we’ve collected a series of fundamental tips to help you make the most of your freezer and keep it properly organized for the whole family. Take note:

Everything out!

When was the last time you took everything out of your freezer? Probably a long time ago, right? So this is the moment to do so. Take out all the items and open up every container to do a thorough inspection. If anything is freezer-burnt, spoiled, or just plain old, throw it away or compost it. Then, you should also clean it (we recommend using a mixture of warm water with baking soda or vinegar) and dry the interior with a clean dish cloth.

Organize your food into categories

Now that everything is out on the counter, here’s the first golden rule: always group your frozen food in categories. This way, it will make it easier for you to keep track of what you have and easily access the ingredients/meal you need on each occasion. You can, for example, use categories such as ground meats, frozen vegetables and fruit, prepped freezer meals, or homemade soups.

Frozen Fruit and Vegetables

Separate the items with containers

If you don’t use any type of storage container when organizing your deep freezer, you’ll quickly have a jumbled mess. To makes things more manageable, use a series of easy-to-move bags and containers to separate the food. Needless to say, you should avoid plastic containers as plastic is prone to cracking under freezing temperatures.

Label everything

So that everyone can easily access what they need, you should also label the containers and bags with tags. You can use freezer-safe sticky labels or a simple Sharpie marker, which works well on all kinds of packaging, including glass.

Keep track of your stash

And lastly, always keep track of your stash. You can do it with a whiteboard attached to the wall by the freezer, with an app on your phone, or simply by printing an inventory list template. Make sure that you take off the list anything you consume and that you add in it all the frozen food you buy and the items you freeze at home.

Whether you’re stocking up on seasonal fruits and vegetables, cooking in big batches, or making your own convenience foods to eat at busier times, one thing’s for sure: keeping your freezer clean and organized is key. If you need help with it don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re here to help!