Organize the contents
The chances of something getting lost in the back of the freezer are greatly reduced when you organize like items together. It’s also easier to see what you have.
Group items by categories on each shelf. For example:
- Breakfast items – such as sausage, bagels, waffles, and juice cans
- Desserts/snacks – such as ice cream, Hot Pocket-type snacks, and popsicles
Mark frozen items with a date
If you like to stock up on meat while it is on sale or freeze 1/2 of dinner for another night, use a permanent marker to clearly write the date you froze the food item on the outside of the package. Most food tastes better if you use it within a few months.
Newer items go in back
Make sure you are using up your older items by placing newer ones in the back. Think of how a grocery store stocks their shelves with the oldest food items in the front. This assures you are using up your food while it is still tasty, and reduces the chances of things being forgotten in the back.
Did you know?
Frozen food is good indefinitely. Only the quality is reduced over time.
Find out more information on food safety and freezing foods at USDA’s website. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this fact sheet for a list of recommended storage lengths for optimum quality of your frozen foods.