It’s time to visit the farmer’s market. Yummy all of the fresh veggies and fruit, I love this time of year. This is also the time of year I rotate food and clean and reorganize my freezer. My freezer is in our storage shed and I keep a list of what’s downstairs in the storage freezer inside posted on the refrigerator. That way I do not duplicate items. When I need things from the freezer brought up to the house, I carry a laundry basket downstairs and restock the refrigerator freezer. It’s not a huge freezer, as a matter of fact it’s not even frost free (the next one will be for sure), but it serves the purpose for the two of us.
I love to freeze corn, peas and beans for the winter. I also freeze tomatoes, sweeten peaches and berries and much more. It is so fun. But before I do that I must clean out the old and prepare for the new. In preparation for this, I stop buying meat for about a month and we eat what is in the freezer. I also make sure I use the oldest veggies and fruit first. I know when they were put away because I date every bag. I invested in one of those freezer sealers and I would not trade it for anything! No freezer burns and everything remains fresh for a long time.
Okay back to organizing the freezer.
- Once the freezer is empty, wash all shelves including the door frame, and all crevices. Pay close attention to the crevices around the door seal.
- Leave empty with only a box of baking soda for a couple of days before adding new food.
- Organize your items by shelves. Example, first shelf veggies, second shelf fruit, third shelf beef, fourth shelf poultry, etc.
- Once items are sealed, use a sharpie permanent marker to write what is in the bag (things look different once frozen J) and the date it was placed in the freezer.
- Freeze items in serving sizes to fit your family. Example for hubs and me, I separate family-size packages chicken breasts into packages of three. If we have guests, I simply prepare two packs but this way I do not have a lot of left overs or a lot of food wasted.
- If there is lots of food left at the end of the season, have a bar-b-q and invite friends and family over. That’s a quick and fun way to close out one year of food and prepare for the next.
- Finally, as I said above, make a list of everything placed in the freezer and the number of each item. Example 5 bags of fresh corn, 3 packs of port chops, 3 bags of pureed tomatoes, etc.
- I follow the same steps for cleaning and organizing my refrigerator freezer as well.
The beginning of spring indicates a fresh and new beginning in many ways and I use this time to replenish my garden, make small refreshes to my home décor and to also to replenish our fresh produce and food supply. Everything is so fresh and pretty at the farmer’s market this time of year. It really puts me in the mood to start fresh and begin preparation for the upcoming winter. It is a cycle…right?