Before Jack was born, and even when he was a small baby and not eating solid food yet, I really didn’t cook much and we ate a lot of unhealthy and highly processed food. Now that I’m responsible for his nutrition I take it more seriously and have gotten a lot better about not only cooking healthy meals but also keeping a well-stocked pantry (and fridge and freezer). One of the things that I do to keep healthy food on hand is buy all-natural chicken breasts in bulk from Zaycon Foods (that’s not an affiliate link and this isn’t a sponsored post, I just have been really happy with it). It’s less than $2/lb and comes in a 40 pound case that I usually split with a friend. I still had a few pounds left over from the last event in October but when I saw that they were coming back to Baton Rouge this week I couldn’t pass it up. Unfortunately my freezer was not exactly ready to accommodate twenty pounds of chicken.
Those ice cubes with plastic babies inside inspired many a raised eyebrow from guests (left over from this baby shower).
I started by taking everything out so I could clean the inside of the drawers. Ew. I tossed anything that was freezer-burned or expired.
I even dumped out the ice tray–Nick and I don’t use much ice so it’s good to refresh it periodically. And in this photo you can see that I got a jump start on the organizing by adding a bin!
I picked up two different sizes of bins at Lowe’s (the large ones were $6 each and the small ones were $3 each). I checked Family Dollar first but they didn’t have any that were the right size. If we had a Container Store or Ikea around here I probably could have found something good there. Too bad I didn’t have time to look online! I measured my freezer drawers before leaving the house and brought the tape measure with me so I could try to asses what would work right there in the store. I ended up buying two different kinds to see what would work best once I got home.
At first I thought the smaller ones were better because I could fit three across in the bottom drawer.
But after loading them up and living with them for a few days I switched to the deeper, wider bins the day I picked up the chicken. I packaged each breast into a freezer bag and piled all the chicken into one bin and all my other meat/fish in the other. I figure I can use the middle for stuff I like to freeze in jars, like stock and flaxseed.
I filled the bin in the top drawer with all of our frozen vegetables. That’s bread beside and behind it and a couple of cold packs (like for packing in a lunch box) in front.
I’ve been thinking about buying ground beef in bulk too but I don’t think I’ll have room for it unless I actually get around to cooking some of the fish I’ve had frozen in there for nearly a year (or finally throw out those chicken tenders I’ve been saving for a desperate day). I’m still not sure I’m making the most of my freezer space–maybe I could somehow capture the space used by the ice tray? We really do not need that much ice. Suggestions?