Looking into an organized freezer will always put you in a good mood, and will give you plenty of inspiration for meals.
When things are packed neatly and in an organized manner in your freezer, you will be able to know where everything is and ensure that nothing goes to waste.
On the other hand, having an unidentified object tumble out of your freezer every time you open it, can be quite demotivating and disheartening. So here are some tips on how you can organize your freezer.
Freezing in Portions
It’s often extremely tempting to simply toss all of your frozen foods and other goods into the freezer after you’ve bought it. If you continue to do this, you’re going to start regretting it when you only need one item from your freezer and discover that everything is clumped together in an icy, frozen mess.
You should take the time to portion out the ingredients that you will be using into manageable portions, such as half a pound of ground beef, or five pieces of chicken.
You should freeze each portion that you measure out in a separate container of freezer bag to prevent any items from becoming fused together.
You can also freeze individuals of the same food separately, and then place them into one container or freezer bag to ensure that they do not freeze together. Be sure to visit this website for more information on freezing in portions.
Choose Proper Containers
When you have a circulating around your frozen foods in the freezer, they are probably going to get freezer burn. The best way to avoid this is to find containers that are just big enough to hold the item you plan to put into them.
If you’re going to use plastic freezer bags, you should ensure that you are using the thicker ones, and press out as much of the air inside them as you can before placing them into the freezer. When using foil, ensure that your foods are double-wrapped and are wrapped tightly.
More likely than not, your freezer is a big open space with little to no shelving or organization. It is possible to neatly stack frozen foods on top of one another. It is very easy to allow these stacks to become disorganized and unwieldy.
A good idea would be to invest in plastic organizers or something similar to prevent your foods from falling out. They also allow you to assign one category of food to a certain type of container to make finding exactly what you need super easy and convenient.
If you take the time to label your food that you place in your freezer bags or plastic containers, you won’t have to guess what’s inside them every time you pull a container out of your freezer. For example, it can be quite difficult to distinguish soup and stew if they’re in similar or identical containers.
This also prevents you from defrosting the wrong thing, which is not only frustrating but can also lead to wastage of food. If you want to go that extra mile, you can even add weight labels to your foods, so you won’t have to spend any time trying to guess if you have enough of one thing for a certain recipe.
Here’s some more tips on how to label your frozen foods.
Know What You Can and Can’t Freeze
We all wish that all foods could be frozen, but the truth is that not all foods will be able to survive the freezing process.
Vegetables and fruits that have high contents of moisture like watermelon or lettuce, dairy products like milk and yogurt, and fried foods are just a few examples of some things you should keep out of the freezer.
On the other hand, berries, pancakes, waffles, broths and stocks, fish, meat, and stews are a few examples of foods that can be frozen. You probably want to eat foods that are going to be able to survive the process of being frozen.
As you can see, organizing your freezer is actually a critical task that we all should be doing, but only a few of us actually get around to doing it successfully. Hopefully, we’ve made the process simpler for you to get started with an organized freezer!