Lets face it, we often keep our fridge and freezer well-stocked, but some things tend to sit there and gather dust (or in this case, freezer burn!). Eventually those frozen foods get tossed out because they expire. Instead of letting things accumulate in your freezer, set aside a couple days or a week to work on using up some of those items.
There are so many benefits to freezer clean out week!
~ save money by not going grocery shopping or by only buying a few ingredients – just think, go a week without grocery shopping!
~ reduce waste by not letting foods expire
~ use up products that are taking up space
~ clean out your freezer because you are moving / going on vacation / spring cleaning
Here are some tips to get started.
Check expiration dates & freezer burn
The first thing you can do is to go through expiration dates, which will make it easier to prioritize what to use. This is even something even the kids can help with. If something is just newly expired, you can decide if you want to toss it or use it immediately. I am not recommending to eat expired foods, but if you find some frozen green beans just a couple days beyond the expiration date, I would guess it is still fine.
Another thing to consider is freezer burn. Regardless of expiration date, you may find foods that have a lot of freezer burn and may be caked with frost, and those are usually an easy decision to toss.
While you may want to toss some freezer burned foods, you can also salvage some. For example, use frozen fruits in smoothies.
Get your freezer organized. By putting like things together, it gives you a better idea of what you have and where to find it. Plus, to use up frozen items, it helps to know what quantities you have to put together for a recipe.
Some examples include vegetables, meat, fruit, and desserts.
Put oldest food to use on top
Prioritize what foods you want to use first. Put those on top so that those are the first to get used up.
Start with those that are close to expiration and/or showing some freezer burn.
Come up with recipes
Let’s say you have a couple cans of artichokes that are about to expire. Do your research and come up with some recipes to use up the artichokes. This also might mean adding something else to your shopping list, like linguine – or perhaps also pulling that out of the pantry. The goal is to use up a bunch of ingredients, prioritizing the ingredients that are expiring first. Try to minimize adding things to the grocery list, and I try to only buy fresh produce when I am cleaning out the pantry so that we are keeping things healthy.
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Oh gosh, you reminded me I should clean out my freezer. I know there are a lot of old things in there that need to be tossed!
We have never had to clean out our freezer as we are pretty good at using everything. Condiments tend to be the things we end up tossing.
I try to do this in January. I also avoid buying new food.
It’s definitely time for me to give my freezer a good clean out.
This is such a great reminder, I love the concept of kitchen clean-out week.
We have such a bad habit of forgetting what’s in the freezer so we’ve ended up writing things down!
Thank you for sharing this, I definitely need to do it soon haha
This is such a really great reminder! I am gonna keep this in mind thanks for sharing this with us
Now I need to do an inventory of our freezer. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve tossed anything!
I need to do this too. I try to keep up with it, but it gets away from us every time we travel.
I think its time for a freezer check-up. Thanks for the great tips!
These are good ideas. I am so agree that often we forget to check the expire date of our food in the freezer!
This just reminds me that I need to clean up the freezer. LOL. Thanks for the reminder and the ideas!
Thanks for the reminder for me to do this!
I better clean my freezer as well and do some organization bits while on rest day from work. Thank you for sharing the post
I love deep cleaning. How happy and light a deeply cleaned house makes you feel is amazing. I always try to keep a clean fridge and eat everything by the end of the month.
Thank you for reminding us! We definitely need to clean our freezer. I am not sure about the expiration dates of the items there. I have been too busy to check them. Appreciate all the tips.
Thanks for the reminder and the tips.. I know I have not been able to bring myself to throw a couple of the items I bought and then never used yet.. Maybe it is time to throw those now