How to Easily Organize a Freezer & Make a Freezer Meal Plan
I have a love-hate relationship with my freezer. I wish it was bigger, or I wish I had a second freezer, but that is impossible in terms of power bills. I have decided to organize my freezer and take inventory of what is in there.
After I do that, I will use my whiteboard to create a freezer meal plan and see how many meals I can make for my family out of all the foods I have accumulated in my freezer. Let’s go freezer meal planning!
- Ice cubes. I like chewing on ice, it is one of my favorite sensory things to do.
- Four arancini pesto balls
- Three packs of minced meat
- Frozen pizza
- Four pieces of puff pastry
- McCain superFries
- Four frozen fish
- Spinach and cheese sausage roll
- One serving of chips
- Six sausages
- Cookie dough
- Diced pumpkin
- Leftover curry
- Multiple bags of frozen vegetables: broccoli and cauliflower
- Chicken strips
- Ham for pizzas
- Chopped onions
- Five bone-in chickens. I tend to buy these chickens when they are on clearance, and then they sit in the freezer forever.
- Butter chicken pie
- Boneless chicken roast with sweet potato stuffing
- Haloumi chips
- Lasagna sheets which I made fresh, chopped up and froze
- Sausage meat
- Chicken breast
- Three minces
- Chicken roast
- Market Fare Cauliflower bake from Aldi. This is the best, highly recommend.
- Stir fry meat
- Lemon juice cubes
- Cut up sweet potatoes
- Thai chicken
- Diced chicken
- Lamb burgers
- Diced beef
- Two packs of roast beef
- Two packs of diced lamb
- Beef brisket
While I was going through my freezer, I put some of the items in the fridge to defrost them and use them for the upcoming meals.
I have decided to use the leftover curry for my hubby’s dinner tonight; the chicken strips are for my son because they are among the few things he likes to eat; one of those clearance chicken I will make for dinner tomorrow night, and I will definitely make stir fry one of the upcoming days.
I also defrosted the sausage mince, as well as a puff pastry and sausages.
Now I am going to put everything else in a very loose meal plan to work out how long all this meat would last us without any more shopping. I need to juggle quite a few things, because my family is picky both in terms of foods in general and sensory issues, so not every meal would fit everyone.
Overall, we have 25 meals. On the left, I wrote what the family would eat, and then on the left additional meals for my son. I will fill up these holes with chicken nuggets and chips, or some more pizza or bits and pieces that he eats.
I clearly need to find some more pesto bowls at the shop, and then just be able to fill his section in. For everyone else, however, we have enough meals to last us nearly for a whole month.
Moreover, I already know I forgot to take some of the products into consideration, so I always recommend making lists and writing everything down to help you remember. Moreover, the main conclusion from this entire process is - label your bags, it saves lives.
My freezer feels a lot less packed now, and I am calm knowing what it holds inside. I have also cleaned all the drawers, which is important to do from time to time.
How to organize a freezer
Do you also always feel like your freezer is too small, like me? How often do you go over your freezer? Do you take inventory? Have you tried freezer meal planning?
Tell me how you deal with your freezer in the comments below. If you have any freezer organization tips, feel free to leave them in the comments as well.