The freezer tends to be one of the most neglected areas of your home -which is kind of understandable. You make your dinner, you stick the leftovers in a freezer safe tub, stash it in the freezer and forget it about it until it falls out on your foot while you're reaching for the ice cream. So maybe now is a good time to take a few minutes, clear it out, clean it out, take inventory, and get to the bottom of those leftovers.
What You Need
- Freezer bags
- Cleaning supplies
1. Start by pulling everything out of the freezer. Lay it out on your table or countertops and try to organize like with like. If it's still cold where you are, stick everything outside to keep things frozen!
Remove all the shelving and baskets -if possible. Fill up your sink and give everything a good soak while you're taking inventory.
2. Take inventory. Do you have six half-used bags of hotdog buns? Five opened bags of corn? Consolidate. Inspect all dates, anything that looks like it has freezer burn, or has been in the freezer for longer than six months should be tossed or composted if possible. If your buns are still lookin' good, put them all together in one bag with a frozen/use by date. Then, use them.
3. Next, grab your cleaning supplies. If your freezer walls have more than a 1/4 inch of ice you'll want to defrost it before cleaning (Consider bringing in a cooler or setting some food outside to keep cold while your freezer defrosts). If not, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Work from top to bottom, sweeping out all crumbs and loose debris first, then follow up with your favorite cleaning agent.
4. Place the shelving and drawers back inside and refill the freezer in the way that most makes sense to the way your household uses it. Want to eat up those leftovers and work through those consolidated bags? Pack them on the top shelf at eye level and make a list to stick to the freezer door as a reminder each time you open the freezer.
What are some of your best tips for keeping frozen foods on a steady rotation?
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