One of the projects I wanted to work on was organizing my refrigerator and freezers. So, I looked on Pinterest for some ideas about how to create a more orderly system in a freezer. I found a pin that lead to iheart organizing about doing just that.
My freezer after I was done cleaning and organizing it.
On Saturday, I unplugged the freezer and then quickly unloaded everything from it.
This is what the freezer looked like before I began
the cleaning and organizing process.
I threw away anything that had been in the freezer too long and/or that had freezer burn.
I got rid of one bag of food that was either freezer burned or
things we would no longer eat.
Next, I began to chop away at the ice and frost, and took baking pan after baking pan filled with ice chips to the sink. (By the time I was done, the entire sink was full of ice.)
Then I used a hair dryer on high/hot air to help remove the rest of the ice while I chopped away at it. Once that step was done, I used a lavender essential oil spray and wiped down all the shelves and walls.
The freezer cleaned out and ready to be re-loaded with food.
Next, I filled several bins with like-items. For example, crushed bananas (for banana bread) was put in one bin. Different types of peppers and vegetables went in another. Applesauce went in another.
This is so helpful as I go into the summer season when produce is more readily available and less expensive. I know what I have on hand and what I need to freeze for the upcoming year. This will ensure that we are eating healthier; have organic food at a fraction of the cost on hand; and help us eat locally throughout the year.
Top shelf: fruit; second shelf: crushed bananas (for banana bread),
different types of peppers, and vegetables;
third shelf: homemade chicken broth, ready-to-eat meals, and applesauce; and
bottom shelf: ice packs and Amish friendship bread starter.
I am so happy with this new system! This should have been done a long time ago. It sure would have made things much easier.