Chest freezers offer you the best in storage capacity and freezing power, but with such a large container of frozen food, it can be hard to find what you need easily and use up items before they go bad. Like any appliance, chest freezers offer a little bit of a learning curve when it comes to organization and usage. Sure, it is easy to run your freezer because all you have to do is plug it in. However, deep chest freezers require good organization skills in order for you to maximize the storage capacity and make it an efficient meal helper for years to come.
One of the simplest ways to stay on top of freezer organization is to label everything. Each bag or tub of food should be labeled with the name of the food item and the date it was stored. Doing so will help each member of your family to know exactly what's in the freezer, and it will also serve as an organizational system to help make sure older items get used up first. In addition to labeling individual food items, you should also make an inventory list to attach to the outside of your freezer. This list will help you keep track of all the items in your freezer. As you deplete items, simply cross them off the inventory, so you will know when it is time to stock up again.
Your chest freezer will have to be organized in layers. Use some stacking plastic bins to keep food items separated and make it easy to rotate through your food items. Consider organizing by food type, placing meats in one bin and vegetables in another. This method is great when you are looking for one specific item and don’t want to dig through a whole bin to find it. Place older items near the front or top of the bin so that you will use them up first. Alternatively, you can organize bins by date, leaving one bin for each month. This way, you can stack the most recently preserved foods on bottom, and only take items from the bin containing older items, which should rest near the top. This will help you use up food before it goes bad and will give you an at-a-glance inventory of the foods you should cook soon.
Finally, freeze items in a particular manner so you can fit more in. Liquids should be frozen in bags laying flat. This way, you have skinny containers that can easily be filed upright or stacked neatly instead of thrown all over your freezer to fit into odd nooks and crannies. Whether you choose to make a filing system or throw everything in bins, you will need a durable freezer that lasts for years.