I use lots of frozen vegetables since it makes cooking single servings much easier without having to waste produce. Then there are the soups that come out in large quantities so some goes into the freezer for later. I do use zipper-lock freezer bags and store things flat, try to label everything, but it still seems that a jumble results eventually no matter how good my intentions.
Then there comes the yearly clean-out-the-freezer adventure. I have a bottom freezer on my refrigerator and a chest freezer (without any bells and whistles) on my back porch. I try to synchronize the cleaning process so that I don’t have to haul out the humongous cooler while I’m doing it. The chest freezer has to be defrosted which means it’s a warm-weather task.
My email from the Kitchn had an article that was very timely as the yearly troll of the chest freezer is imminent: “The Best Freezer Organizing Hacks on the Internet” and I discovered the category of “freezer intelligence” that includes information on packaging and what can (and can’t) be frozen.
Even though I’m doing some things right, there were some trucs that I’d not (and probably would not) have thought of. Some of these ideas just might help me avoid the avalanche from the under-refrigerator freezer and with organizing the chest freezer as well.