WHat’s that in the back of your freezer?
Everyone’s been there before. You plunk yourself in front of your freezer, open the door nice and wide, and stand there with the icy cold air making you shiver as you try to answer one of life’s biggest questions:
What’s for dinner?
Freezing meat and other groceries means you always have the ingredients you need on hand to make a mouthwatering and nutritious meal. Plus, buying in bulk and storing it in your freezer is more economical, too!
But what if you don’t have a big chest freezer? There’s no way you can fit all the delicious meat you want in a regular old freezer, right?
With just a few simple tips, you can make the most of your freezer space so there’s plenty of room for your next order of mouthwatering meat and seafood.
Here’s how to stock a standard freezer so you can order your groceries in bulk.
1. Vacuum seal
You know those whitish splotches on meat that’s been in the freezer too long? That’s freezer burn. When there’s too much air around frozen items, not only do you lose valuable freezer space, the quality of your meat also suffers.
Vacuum sealing your food before freezing it gets rid of excess air and reduces the risk of freezer burn ruining your precious meat (or vegetables or whatever).
Pro tip: Don’t have a fancy vacuum sealer? Use the water submersion method.
Better yet, get your groceries from somewhere that does the vacuum sealing for you (like Farm 2 Fork, for example!)
2. Ditch the boxes
You know what’s more delicious than cardboard?
Why waste valuable room in your freezer with bulky cardboard when you could be filling that space with steak, chicken, and other delicious meats? You don’t need to freeze cardboard; it’ll be just fine if you leave it on the counter or, better yet, put it in the recycling bin.
Pro tip: If you need instructions from the box, cut them out and tape it to the outside of your vacuum-sealed bag.
3. Portion control
Freezing food in the portions you typically eat means you don’t have to eat three pounds of ground beef in one sitting because you had to thaw it all at once.
Pro tip: Split your items into individual portions (or take advantage of the fact that almost all Farm 2 Fork products are individually vacuum sealed) so you can grab exactly how much you need every time, which will save you money by helping to eliminate food waste!
4. Freeze flat
If you are freezing liquid (like some immune-boosting bone broth made from organic grass bed beef bones, perhaps) transfer it to freezer safe plastic bags, squeeze as much air out as possible, and lay the bag flat on a small cookie sheet. Once it is frozen, remove the cookie sheet. Flat-frozen items are much easier to stack and take up less space.
Pro tip: This also works for ground beef! Using a freezer safe bag, flatten the beef to fill up as much space as possible, then stack flat in the freezer. This has the added benefit of helping the meat thaw faster when you’re ready to use it.
5. Dump the ice
You know what’s in ice?
You know what’s better than water?
Bacon wrapped chicken breasts. Sure, ice is useful, but you can easily replace the ice in your freezer with something like a counter-top ice machine, leaving more space for things that are much more delicious.
(Psst: Once you ditch the ice, any Farm 2 Fork minimum order will fit in a standard fridge-freezer.)
Farm 2 Fork offers meat delivery in Ottawa and Montreal.
Almost all Farm 2 Fork products are individually vacuum sealed to maximize freshness and space
Grab a Family Pack for a selection of cuts to please every palette.
Even with a standard freezer, there is no excuse for not stocking up!