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Freezer Fundamentals

Twenty-seven tips for wrapping, storing, and thawing all the foods you freeze.

By Melissa Clark
Freezer interior with frozen dinners, ziploc items, ice trayJames Worrell

 

An Organized Freezer

If the freezer is deep, post a list outside of what's inside. Record the date each item was stored. Use a magnetic pad or an erasable message board.

  • Use square Tupperware whenever possible. Square containers can be stacked and positioned in corners and don't take up as much space as round containers.
  • Stack similar foods together. If you have a side-by-side refrigerator-freezer, designate one shelf for meat, one for baked goods, and one for vegetables.
  • Edit the contents of your freezer periodically. Reorganize so the oldest items are always in front and are therefore used first.
 
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