We could all benefit from a little freezer organization. But how to begin?
James's system is cheap, quick, and functional. He applied the general organizational methodology of sort, categorize, contain to his freezer with brilliant results.
With this system in place, imagine the money and time you could save double-cooking dinner and freezing leftovers, or stocking up on sale cuts of meat, frozen vegetables, or staples. Great tip for vegetable gardeners and farmer's market patrons as well!
Some additional tips of my own:
- You could pick up those plastic bins at the dollar store, but you may want to stick with food-grade, freezer-safe containers, both to avoid brittle plastic that's hard to manage when cold, plus any possible contaminants.
- Use your trusty Sharpie permanent marker with painter's tape for the labels. Masking tape will work as well, but will be more difficult to peel off.
- Store your food in labeled freezer bags to keep everything separate and identifiable inside the bins.
How do you organize your freezer? How do you remember what's in there?
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And: You can do it: Grow a vegetable garden (I'm planting snap peas this week)