It happens to me every so often. I go to get something out of our freezer and find I am either out of that particular item, or it is old and freezer burned – not useable. My mom’s freezer was not like that. At least once or twice a year she organized her freezer to make room for the quarter or half beef we got when my dad sold his cattle. She would take everything out, defrost it, and make room for those packages of ground beef, roasts, and steaks. I think this gave her a sense of what food she had left in her freezer too, and helped her plan meals for our family.
While I do have a freezer, it’s much smaller than my mom’s was, and it’s frost-free so I don’t have to worry about defrosting it. But, my freezer is a mess. I’m afraid it is nowhere near as organized as hers was. My organizational skills, or lack thereof, have spilled over to my freezer . . . and it’s time to change.
An unorganized freezer means food items get “lost” or buried beneath other items, making it difficult to find them when you need them. That translates into purchasing unneeded items – because you thought you were out but really weren’t – or throwing out foods that have overstayed their welcome in the freezer and come out all freezer burned and dried up, not fit to eat. This in turn affects the grocery budget and makes meal planning more difficult because you don’t have a good handle on what you have available to use in the freezer.
Here is the plan I’ve started to get my freezer organized and user-friendly. It’s posted over at Not Quite Amish today.
~ Click here to continue reading and to download a PDF of the Freezer Inventory I used. ~
How do you keep track of your freezer contents? Do you use a freezer inventory? Share your ideas in the comments below!