Freezer Organization Ideas That Will Save You Time & Money
In this video, the Frugal Minimalist shows you her freezer organization ideas. Storing things in the freezer is a great way to save time and money. With these freezer organization hacks, you will learn which foods to store in your freezer and how.
Many people are afraid to store foods in their freezer because of food hygiene concerns, but the Frugal Minimalist has looked up USDA freezer safety guidelines, and the list of foods that can be safely stored in the freezer is much wider than you might think.
One hack is to reuse glass pasta jars in order to freeze things or to cook using oven pans that are freezer-safe. You can also freeze things using plastic, but then it’s important to check the resin ID number on the plastic to make sure that it’s freezer safe.
Another great hack is to reuse tortilla packs to wrap food and then put those in freezer bags, allowing you to reuse the freezer bag without having to wash it. If you do this, keep the freezer bags and tortilla packs that will be reused in the freezer, even when they are empty.
Go to the supermarket and take a look at your frozen food aisles. Pay attention to which foods are frozen and how. If the companies can freeze food a certain way, then you can probably freeze the food that way at home, too. One example of this is berries, which can be bought in bulk on sale and flash-frozen at home, just like they are flash-frozen in the factories.
A full freezer is more efficient than an empty freezer, so if you have extra freezer space, keep bottles of water in there, just to make your freezer less empty. It also gives you a way to gauge that everything is ok with your freezer - if the water isn’t frozen, you know your freezer might have a problem.
The good news is that a full freezer should be able to protect the food for 2-3 days without power in an emergency, as long as it stays closed.
Freezer organization ideas
If you’ve been wondering how to organize a freezer, or asking yourself, “What foods can I freeze to save money?”, then this video is for you. With some quick hacks, you will be able to store your food safely, saving you time and money -two of life’s most precious resources.
For more frugal food ideas, discover how to save money on groceries by reverse meal planning or tasty $1 meals you can cook in your crockpot this fall.
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MARTHA MCNEAL on Oct 22, 2022
Strange word phrase "food hygiene." I would , personally never associate that with food storage in a freezer or anywhere. I'm assuming that anyone doing any type of storage would adhere to hygiene practices from the start, even if putting food in a refrigerator just overnight. That is a given! My major concerns would be cleaning and washing fruits/vegetables, i.e. items not cooked or processed ahead of time, correct cooking/blanching preparation, food degradation from freezing condition storage and correct non damaged food containers. Unfortunately, I also do not agree with re-using bags from other items without washing them first. Any used food bag can just be turned inside out, rinsed and left to completely dry! That is something I would call a "good food hygiene" practice. I do, though, agree with all your other tips. It usually will save you a ton of money, get your food fresh and know the sources of you food. I used to also freeze my homemade spaghetti sauce as tomatoes are readily available and very affordable during the summer months. Oddly enough, I also froze parboiled cabbage leaves, freezing them flat so they allowed year round easy preparation of cabbage rolls. Cabbage is also very cheap during the late summer months. After peeling off the large leaves, I would cut up the remaining inner section and saute it in butter/margarine for a good side dish! No waste of that big ball of good flavor!