You bought an upright freezer to help you stock up on meat and other foods. Chances are, it’s a big help — especially if you have a big family. The trouble is that these large freezers are notorious for becoming horribly disorganized. Then, when you go to retrieve that roast or bag of chicken, you can’t find it! If you want to know right where everything is, organization is key. Here are some smart ways to keep that freezer neat and tidy.
1. Divide & Conquer
If you have a large freezer, you probably do a lot of bulk buying. To save yourself some hassle later, divide those large purchases in to family-meal-sized portions before freezing, and wrap them properly. Say you bought 5 pounds of ground beef: when you get it home, divide it into smaller portions of 1 pound each, and you won’t have to thaw the entire thing to add meat to your spaghetti sauce.
The same goes for large packages of other foods, like frozen veggies. Your family probably won’t eat the whole 3-pound bag in one meal, but you might eat one pound. If you divide that large bag into 3 smaller ones (clearly labeled, of course), you can easily grab what you need.