Last week, I was inspired by A Working Pantry to finally take a moment and inventory my deep freezer. I’ve wanted a deep freezer for a long time, and we finally decided to get one earlier this year. I was surprised by how quickly we filled it up! And how quickly you can “lose” things in there. So, I thought I’d share with you what I currently keep, and how I keep it all organized.
Once we got the freezer, it did not take me long to realize I needed some way of knowing what I had in there, and how to keep food “rotated”. I had started buying food in bulk (particularly grass fed meat), and wanted to be sure I was using the oldest foods first. So I set out to find some sort of basket that I could stack, allowing me to easily get to the bottom of the freezer and rotate baskets to the top (putting the newest foods in a basket on the bottom).
Learn from my mistake – measure your freezer before you buy anything!
The first set of baskets I found were wire type baskets and “looked” like they would fit. Umm..no. Thankfully, they stacked up nicely and are now making themselves useful in my laundry room.
I didn’t learn, and set out to find a second set of baskets…and got SO LUCKY that they fit. I picked these up at Lowes for about $6 a piece and six of them stack perfectly in my freezer.
Now I can remove food by the basket, easily get down to the bottom and see exactly what I have.
Here’s a picture after removing the first row of baskets.
This also allows me to keep raw foods separated from precooked foods. I am slightly germaphobic and the thought of raw food touching cooked food gives me the heebie-jeebies.
So what’s in my freezer?
Here is a copy of my inventory in case you were curious. You probably aren’t. But I’ll share it anyway.
You see that I’ve decided to keep track of where I’ve bought some of these items. That’s because I ended up getting rid of an entire order of nuts after I bought them from the wrong online source, and they were cooked in peanut oil when I really wanted just dry roasted. That’s what I get for not paying attention to the ingredients when ordering online. So, this will help me remember where to get the goods next time around.
This was actually a really enlightening experience. I actually forgot about a couple items in my freezer, and I had more ground beef than I thought. (I was originally digging around in my freezer to see if I needed to take advantage of a sale last week.) And, it was so great to get this all in one place so I could take it with me any time. (Post coming soon on the tool I’m using.)
So…next up will be inventorying my pantry (and assorted storage all throughout my house). That way, when I want to stock up on something, I’ll know what I already have. Because we’ve started taking advantage of sales, I’ve lost track of what I have and where I’ve put it. I’m determined to get more organized around this in the coming months.
Do you keep track of your home inventory? What are some of your favorite things to keep stocked up on?
Note: This post shared on the Homestead Barn Hop.