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Tips on using freezer well - stocking / organizing / cataloging... [moved from Home Cooking]

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Tips on using freezer well - stocking / organizing / cataloging... [moved from Home Cooking]

THewat | Apr 13, 2011 07:11 AM

I need some remedial help, all. I live in the middle of nowhere, so learning to use my freezer really well would 1) keep me from wasting both food & $$ and 2) give me a whole new set of options for meals. It's a bin freezer, at the bottom of my refrigerator, and it has a top shelf thing that slides independent of the bin.

In my dream freezer, I'd have some meat, some portions of bean stew, some frozen vegetables from the store, some frozen pesto & herbs from my garden. Whole ginger & lemongrass, A variety of stocks, some home made pastry for last minute guests. Poppy seeds & nuts like hazelnuts that can go rancid. And a little space, so that when I have extra of something, or pastry to chill, I can pop it in. Ha! And nothing would be in there for more than a year. Ever.

The reality is - um - different. I have gotten the hang of putting a date on the things that go in there - with blue painters tape, which I love because it stays on when frozen, but leaves no gummy stuff to clean off the container - but I have no clue what's at the bottom of that bin, and whatever is down there has been there a long time.

Is there hope? Are there suggestions? Does everyone else have the hang of this?

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