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how do organize your upright freezer?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
pictures would be great if you have some

we moved about 2.5 months ago, about an 8 hr drive, and things understandably got all jumbled around. im ashamed to say i havent fixed it yet and have still been putting new stuff in, lol
post #2 of 10
I use plastic bins that I use a "drawers" for veggies, cheese, etc. Meats are packed toward the bottom. Frozen meals (soups in quart jars and casseroles in dishes) in the middle. Breads stacked on the top shelves.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
I use plastic bins that I use a "drawers" for veggies, cheese, etc. Meats are packed toward the bottom. Frozen meals (soups in quart jars and casseroles in dishes) in the middle. Breads stacked on the top shelves.
That's pretty much what I do too. For me, the most important thing is to keep a pad and pen near the freezer so I can mark off what goes in and out.
post #4 of 10
I use labelled plastic bins on the shelves, too.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by ashleyhaugh View Post
pictures would be great if you have some

we moved about 2.5 months ago, about an 8 hr drive, and things understandably got all jumbled around. im ashamed to say i havent fixed it yet and have still been putting new stuff in, lol

We just moved too. We have 2 upright freezers. One tall one in the basement and one bottom freezer under the fridge in the kitchen.
Both have drawers behind the doors (gotta love the german appliances )

In the kitchen I have 3 drawers. The one on the bottom is for bread. The one in the middle for stuff like left overs and pre cooked small portions. The top one is full of herbs, butter, breakfast items like bacon and hash browns, pizza rolls for the kids... basically stuff we need to get to the most.

In the large freezer in the basement I have
one drawer for ice cream and snack foods,
one for fish and ready made food like lasagne,
one for poultry,
one for beef and pork
one for veggies
one for the stuff that doesn't fit a category or the items change with the season


Here is a picture of it. But not the one in my basment

http://media.siemens-home.com/Files/....eps?Width=516


and the one in the kitchen looks like this...

http://media.siemens-home.com/Files/....eps?Width=516


Hope that helps
post #6 of 10
Ours has 4 draws. The top one is the fast freeze where unfrozen things are supposed to be put to freeze.

In theory I have one draw for veggies, the bottom for meat and the other for everything else, ice cream etc. In practice there is often meat in the top section and the veggies get tucked in wherever there is a space. Things often have to be rearranged after I shop as it's often difficult to fit things in.

I do find keeping a list of what's in there is helpful. I also find that there is little point in me making freezer meals or freezing leftovers as we don't think to use them.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by ~Journey~ View Post
We just moved too. We have 2 upright freezers. One tall one in the basement and one bottom freezer under the fridge in the kitchen.
Both have drawers behind the doors (gotta love the german appliances )



and the one in the kitchen looks like this...

http://media.siemens-home.com/Files/....eps?Width=516


Hope that helps
I have been saying for years they should have all built in drawers for upright freezers. That's really great!

I have bins on all our shelves too. It keeps things tidy.
post #8 of 10
Great ideas here.

Right now, my top shelf has random things like cookie dough I made and froze, leftover veggies, and chicken stock/broth. The 2nd shelf has large flattened ziplocks of soup and beans. Third shelf has the turkey for thanksgiving. 4th shelf is various cuts of chicken, 5th is all steak (and would have ground beef if I could bring myself to buy it again.)

I don't buy frozen stuff at the store (like veggies, ice cream, juice, or pizzas - except every once in a while I get freschetta flat bread ) which is probably good b/c my freezer wouldn't fit very much of it in addition to homemade foods I have frozen and meats.
post #9 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~Journey~ View Post
We just moved too. We have 2 upright freezers. One tall one in the basement and one bottom freezer under the fridge in the kitchen.
Both have drawers behind the doors (gotta love the german appliances )



http://media.siemens-home.com/Files/....eps?Width=516


and the one in the kitchen looks like this...

http://media.siemens-home.com/Files/....eps?Width=516


Hope that helps
Is it wrong that I'm lusting after an appliance?! I would LOVE to have drawers. Looks like I'm going to grab some plastic bins for our upright freezer- it was organized when there were only 5 things in it now, not so much.

I try to at least keep meats together, boxed "emergency" stuff (for lunch when i'm running late in the morning for work) and veggies all together, then things like desserts/prepared foods, etc on other shelves. the bins are the next exciting step! thanks for that tip, ladies!
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
thanks for the ideas guys, seems like bins and/or boxes is the way to go....

i had a freezer with drawers in it while we were in germany, and i LOVED it. it really did make things go much easier. i was sad to sell it when we were leaving
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