A little organization goes a long way.
Your freezer is a miracle worker, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. Made too much for dinner? Freeze those leftovers and save them for a lazy day. Got more herbs than you need? Freeze them and use them when you do need them.
But when we throw things in the freezer and don’t take our time to create a functional arrangement, it can cause problems. Without organization, it’s much harder to find items and distinguish between containers, and things are much more likely to fall out when you open the door.
It sounds a little counterintuitive, but adding some of this gear to your freezer will help you keep things neat and cut down on food waste. You don’t want to add too many products to your freezer, because then you’re just creating more clutter. Instead, keep things simple and streamlined with items like these:
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ClosetMaid 3456 Large Shelf
If your freezer doesn’t have a built-in shelf, then you’re probably familiar with the Jenga-like stacks of food that form. Maybe you don’t want those wobbly stacks to topple, so you avoid them and end up wasting all that food. Add a shelf of your own, and keep containers both below and on top of it, to stay streamlined.
mDesign Wide Stackable Plastic Kitchen Pantry Cabinet, Refrigerator or Freezer Food Storage Bin with Handles (set of 2)
These bins are the perfect size to hold smaller items that may get lost in your freezer, like produce in baggies or pints of ice cream. Plus, they stack, and the built-in handles make them easier to move around.
Stackable Ice Trays (Set of 3)
Don’t overlook the power of the ice tray—it’ll help you freeze so much more than water. Store extra lemon juice, coffee, or even bacon grease (perhaps label that tray) in a reusable ice tray and seriously reduce your kitchen waste. These stackable and watertight trays produce circle or stick-shaped ice and come with a latch to prevent spills.
Jokari Label Once Crafts and More Erasable Labels Kit with 160 Labels, Eraser and Pen
When ice coats food, leftovers become unrecognizable. Colors fade, and dark red chili starts to look like bright red lasagna. Trust me, you will forget what’s in that container. You know what doesn’t change when it’s frozen? Words. Label those containers and baggies and you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble later. These labels are both reusable and erasable, so they’ll last you through the long haul.
(re)zip Leak-Proof Assorted Colors Stand Up Storage Bag (Pack of 5)
Will a plain old Ziploc bag work when it comes to freezer storage? Yes. But these will last much longer.
InterDesign Classico Kitchen Pantry Freezer Wire Basket Organizer
Keep larger items, like bags of frozen veggies, in wire baskets. If organized correctly, they’ll stand upright, and the wire design lets you see what’s in there.