This week, I'm going to clean up my freezer and use as much of the food there as is reasonably possible. I'm doing this as a household challenge, rather than a diet challenge, because it's really more about organization and saving than it is about what I eat.
My freezer tends to get out of control. I don't know what's in there. When I go looking for something I think is there, it's often not, or is so old I can't possibly use it. This happens in our regular, below-the-fridge freezer, so you know it's happening in our chest freezer, too.
I clean the fridge (at least taking the old food out) fairly regularly, while completely ignoring the freezer. But it's been on my mind lately. I actually started on the fridge-freezer, cleaning it out, organizing it a little, and making a list of the contents, which I posted on the side of the fridge. I haven't touched the downstairs freezer yet.
My plan is to follow this Freezer Cure series from the kitchn, It's a 4-week program, so this week I'm going to work on weeks 1 & 2, which are Clean Out (& Eat Up) Your Freezer and Organize Your Freezer. I plan to also make use of The Essentials of Organizing Your Chest Freezer. In case you're curious. weeks 3 & 4 of the Freezer Cure involve restocking and cooking for your freezer. Those will have to wait for now, though.
Organizing my freezer with containers sounds pretty exciting, because I never thought of it before. I organize my cabinets with containers, but for some reason, I seem to have previously believed that the fridge and freezer came with all the organizing containers they could handle. Which just isn't true.
If you want more reading about freezer organization, here's another article about both the fridge and the freezer, and here's Frugal Girl's Freezer Challenge, an update, and a recent update on that update.
Do you have good freezer organization tips? If so, I'd love to hear them!
Week 33: Household- Freezer Cleanup