After 5 1/2 years of writing this blog, I sometimes feel like I am just going over same territory again and again. Tonight I want to share something that came to me in a blinding flash this morning.
I had done a menu plan for the next week and almost everything was from the freezer. I wanted to check what I had with a view to using some of it up. The fridge in the kitchen has a sizeable freezer at the bottom which is 2 large drawers and we have a small, upright freezer (the size of a bar fridge) downstairs.
Once I had cleaned the freezer in the kitchen, I had the bright idea of collecting all of the items I need for the meals for the week and put them all together on the left-hand side of the top-drawer.
There will be no more discovering that there is no pre-cooked rice left or that I need to make a new batch of refried beans and so on. I am not sure why I did not think of this years ago but I guess it is better late than never. It means that each week I will do a mini-stocktake of the freezer and locate what I need for meals in the coming week.
The home-made pizza bases are on top of the other containers and the rest of the space on the right-hand side has other meals for future meal plans. Having them here together means that at a glance I can see what meals I have available.
I have tried various lists and inventories of my freezer but none have been terribly successful as the state of my freezer is dynamic, a moveable feast, you could say. I am hopeful that simply having the next things that I plan to use all in the same place will assist in keeping some order in the freezer.