Friday, March 4, 2016

Frozen March Deals

Frozen Foods Month

Frozen Foods month is here!  I used to wonder why they put it in the spring.  Then I realized it's so we can clean out what is leftover from the long winter months and make room for new items like berries for smoothies, and ice cream.  I'm cleaning out my freezer and filling with the specials you will find all during March at County Market.  Join me!

1. Take everything out. You have to be able to see the entire space to organize it.

2. Set up your “Departments.” Most freezers can be split up in sections for Meats, Breads, Dairy, Pizza and Meals, Appetizers, and Desserts. With these main categories, you can of course subdivide, keep your Beef, Chicken, Pork, and Seafood all separate. Dairy should be split between Cheese, Butters, and Ice cream and novelties. I have one for flours and pancake mix. It just stays more fresh.

3. Mark each section. I use painter’s tape and a fancy…Sharpie Marker. The painters tape labels “my map.” I simply lift the deep freezer lid, and can see my sections on my map. Should you want to change sections around, just move the tape. The map is really for the rest of the family. They need to know where to look for egg rolls, pizza and ice cream with ease.

4. Rotate baskets. This is a bit of extra work. But let’s say you stocked up on chicken a few weeks ago. You have two batches, one is 6 months old, the other is new. You want the oldest to be on top. Using stackable baskets will make this easier. When you empty one, pull it out of the freezer. Seeing it empty lets you know you can purchase more, and when you get more, you can place it under the older meat.

5. Lay bags on their side on a cookie sheet to freeze. Within 2 hours, foods will be frozen enough to move into stacks. Always label the side of the item you will see. In a vertical freezer, the end of the bag, in a deep freeze, the top side.

6. If you sort your freezer, you may find you have NO back up of breads or dairy. Try to keep in mind that these departments are have seen the greatest price increases recently. They should be in your freezer.

7. At this time, let’s talk about what to freeze. I routinely freeze milk, and  coffee creamers.A  quick  pinterest search shows all kinds of fruits, vegetables and meats that can also be frozen.

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