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aflyingbuttress 07-25-2012 09:58 AM

Maximizing freezer space
 
I have a really small freezer and need to maximize my space. I'm thinking I may need various sized square containers but I haven't found any.

What are some of the ways you guys organize your freezers? What kind of storage containers do you use? How do you know how high to fill containers so they don't over expand?

I am looking for the best ways to freeze liquids, like sauces, soups, and baby food, as well as things like beans, rice, quinoa, and homemade meals and veggie burgers.

catski360 07-25-2012 10:03 AM

Re: Maximizing freezer space
 
I have some 4oz cube sets that stack with trays but barely use them any more. I prefer to freeze in ice cube trays and then keep the cubes in plastic quart sized freezer bags. There's one little section in my freezer where I stack up to four trays at a time after cooking and cooling and covering. And I used to have bigger batches of less items so therefore used the gallon bags but now that my LO eats such a variety and a lot of finger foods I stick with the smaller bags. I do both purees and pieces like lentils, carrots, peas - just use water or cooking water or broth in the cube. I really like the trays because I use a tablespoon to fill each cube and then I always know how much she is getting. If it's a burger, loaf, pancakes etc. I use press and seal to make little sets or individual wrappings and then put in a freezer bag.
For soups and other large amounts of liquid I also use freezer bags but lay them flat until frozen then kind of file them. If its a sauce I will use in small amounts like tomato or broth I use the trays again so I can just pop in a couple of cubes to my recipes. My freezer isn't super small but it's certainly not huge and I'm always surprised at how much I have in there. Hope that helps you!

leila03ash 07-25-2012 11:30 AM

I put soups and other liquids in ziploc freezer bags then lay them flat while they freeze. Then u can stack them to the ceiling and not waste space. I leave about an inch on top and haven't had a problem yet.

babynme8 07-25-2012 11:45 AM

Re: Maximizing freezer space
 
I use pyrex 8X8 and the loaf pans alot to freeze meals. I also use plastic magazine holders to help keep frozen veggies organized.


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