Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

Morning...errr......afternoon......it's been a long day can you tell? I'm not even sure what time of day it is haha! The Tuesday Mama struggle is real people! I swear :) We have been busying working on some writing projects and cleaning up our house. Somehow the weekend caused a tornado to run through and we are just now picking up the aftermath.

I do have  a few spare moments though (the kids are having computer turns and I am enjoying this bit of quiet me time), so I wanted to share my freezer clean out for this month. I have a freezer chest and a fridge/freezer combo. Both reside in my kitchen. Is it the prettiest thing to have in your kitchen?...umm..not really, but I sure do love all the extra space it allows me for food storage. So practicality outweighs aesthetics in my kitchen.

Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

With us focusing on #NOSpenduary, I thought it was probably time I dig through that freezer of mine. I pulled everything out of my freezer chest and place it on towels on my floor. I try to do this before every monthly shopping trip, but last month I didn't (I blame the holidays) and this month I didn't stock up on meat or anything (only the essentials), so I didn't go through it either. Anyways back to the cleanup....I pulled everything out, so I could see what goodies were buried in my freezer. I also pulled out all my frozen milk from the freezer above my fridge. They were scattered in both freezers and I really wanted to get them all in the same place. We were given a bunch of milk from a dear friend at church, so we have had an abundance lately. I haven't bought milk in a month! (thank you Ing) I like to keep my milk at the bottom of my freezer chest, since they're the bulkiest item in there.

Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

Once everything was pulled out, I took stock of what I had. I grouped my meats together, my cheeses, veggies, fruits, purees, etc. Keeping things together allows me to have a better idea of what is in there. I also found a few freezer meals I had forgotten all about. Is it sad I felt like it was Christmas when I found three tubs of soup, just ready to be eaten this winter? I did my own little happy dance. That was three meals that now I didn't have to plan. I could just pop them in the crock-pot and call it good. Having those freezer meals reminded me how much I love making freezer meals. I really need to get back into making them. Note to self: request freezer cookbooks at the library

Once I organized everything, I chipped all the ice off the insides of my freezer chest. I used a plastic spatula, so I wouldn't ruin the insulation. This took less than ten minutes. Once I was done my freezer was looking all kinds of purdy. There is something about a clean, ice less freezer....it makes this mama feel good....like I tackled and conquered a task with extreme determination....chipping ice is no joke people...oh man does that make me sound lame? Yes? No? Don't tell me. Let me stay blissfully unaware:)

Freezer Clean Out: January Edition

Once the freezer was cleaned, I decided the fridge couldn't be left out. I pulled everything out and gave it a good wipe down with my all-purpose cleaner. I am a a bit of a germaphobe and dirty fridges are the worst! I try to stay on top of ours, as much as I can.

So now that I just spent far too long talking about my freezer cleanup, let me share with you why cleaning out your freezer is important....

A lot of times we stash things in the freezer, thinking "no worries it is in the freezer it can't go bad". Wrong! It can! Nothing last forever, not matter how much we wish it did. Going through your freezer allows you to use up the old stuff before it goes bad. It also lets you see what you have, so you don't rebuy or over buy on something. Preventing this saves you time and money. I am all for saving me on both of those. So check out your freezer and give it a good clean. Knowing what you have stashed in the freezer and fridge will help you plan meals better, which ultimately keeps that family of yours in happy town:)

You can check out my videos on gearing up vfor grocery shopping. I talk more about how I clean out the freezer each month:)



How do you guys clean out your freezer?

XO Danielle

15 comments:

  1. I have a bench freezer as well. Mine is in the basement so no worries vis-a-vis aesthetics. I tape a piece of paper to the top of the freezer where I can jot down what's inside. For freezer meals, I also add a date as to when the dinner went in. That way, when I have a night where I know i'm going to need a quick dinner, I just go down and check the list to see what I have in there that's the oldest. Whatever is oldest is what's for dinner!

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    1. I love how you do freezer meals! What a great idea!

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    2. One of the best tips I ever got was to never make just ONE lasagna, or ONE casserole. As long as you were doing the work, make TWO. One for dinner that night, and one for the freezer. Obviously, you'd run out of room pretty quick if you did it every time, but if I find it's end of the month, and there's some space, I'll double up on my recipes and add some to the freezer. Having those back up meals is a real lifesaver for a busy mom!

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  2. Sounds like a big job. My husband's out of work, so I'm going to be doing a complete inventory this week.

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    1. It will help. When my Hubby lost his job I did the same thing. We ate for weeks on what we already had.

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  3. I just did this with our freezer this past weekend. My mom doesn't like doing it, but I love finding 'new' things in the freezer that were forgotten about or fall to the bottom. So I get what you mean by you get excited! This time I found lots of frozen vegetables, an unopened box of Special K berries waffles so I have breakfast for about a week now, a mushroom trufle pizza that will be great on the weekend, and a few other 'goodies' that were brought upstairs so they wouldn't be forgotten about again.

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  4. Oh Danielle, I so hate this job.. I have an upright freezer and a chest type.. They are both in need of a cleaning out.. You have encouraged me to get this yucky job done.thank you.

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    1. Haha it is definitely a love hate chore! :) You can do it lady! I bet you will find tons of goodies that will make it worth it.

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  5. I cleaned out my freezer, fridge, and pantry a few weeks ago the same way you did and then I ran to the restaurant supply store and bought reusable, microwave safe individual food trays with lids. I cooked everything up throughout the day and then divided them up into the single serving trays and I ended up with 30 meals!!! 30 meals for FREE (well, it feels like free :) ) it has been so nice to pop in a meal for myself since I have a 10 month old and he keeps me very busy. My husband loves taking some of the breakfast foods to work for a snack. Thanks for your blog, I don't comment a ton, but I LOVE reading it and getting inspired. Keep up the great work!

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    1. Ok you are my hero right now! 30 meals? How freakin awesome! I need to make some like right now!

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  6. I so hear you on this. My mother had a horrible tendency to just keep filling it up and there were things on the bottom that never surfaced until I got mad and cleaned it out. I was really angry as I threw things in the garbage that were beyond help. I personally do an "eat down" a couple of times of year, then clean it out, we are in the middle of one of these right now. It always feels good to have it done!

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  7. Lady, its aesthetics not ascetics. BIG BIG BIG difference between the two.

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  8. I miss my chest freezer so much! Those things are awesome! My hubby would fill up milk jugs, and old, empty juice containers, and put them in the bottom, so if we lost power, or the water lines had an issue, we had ice to keep things frozen longer, and water to cook/drink with ;) If we get another one, I'll probably use chalk paint on the top (because I love making that and putting it everywhere - it's an addiction, I swear! lol) to keep up with what's in it, and dates they were put in. I never had to defrost our old one, but have discovered that alcohol and water in a spray bottle (I also add a few drops of dish soap) melts the ice on my car windows really fast, so it would likely work in the freezer as well, with no risk of damaging the insulation ;)

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