4 Ways To Turn Your Freezer From Frightening To Fresh

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Let’s face it: keeping your freezer organized is probably not on the top of your to-do list. After all, it’s easy to throw things in there and then forget about them until you need them next, or discovering it’s time to throw them away. But grabbing your frozen goods should not have to feel like an excavation in the arctic. With a well-organized freezer, you’ll feel satisfied and stress-free whenever you reach in for your favorite fruits, treats, or meals. Take note of our top four ways to keep your freezer clean and spacious!
  1. Throw it away
The first thing to do when freshening up your freezing is to get rid of foods that are past their prime. Keep the nine-month rule in mind (or twelve months for steaks, chops, and roasts), and throw away anything that exceeds this time period. [1] Also, remember that freezing can change the texture of foods, so anything that would be affected significantly would realistically fare better consumed sooner and kept in the fridge.
  1. Do not freeze these!
Salad greens are certainly not items that we want to waste, but they not only become soft and limp when frozen, they also lose their flavor. Vegetables like celery, cucumbers, onions, peppers, and sprouts possess the same fate. Instead, try storing them in refrigerator crisper drawers for an optimal life span, or freeze these items only if they will be used in smoothies or soups that don’t require their original crispness. [2] Dairy products like soft cheeses and yogurt, and mayonnaise-based salads like egg, chicken, ham, tuna, and macaroni, do not freeze well, so you’re better off keeping these in the fridge as well. [1]
  1. Labels are your best friends
Who didn’t love labeling absolutely everything when you were younger?! Take your favorite childhood craft for a spin once again and label the items in your freezer. Doing so will not only keep you well-aware of what’s what (and what’s where!), but marking expiration dates will help to keep you and your family safe from spoiled food. You can make this activity fun by tapping into your creative side and making funky or fancy labels! Think of it as interior design for your cold storage.