⭐️ Best Freezer HACKS! | Low Waste Tips & Tricks to SAVE MONEY + TONS of Organization & Storage Tips

⭐️ Best Freezer HACKS! | Low Waste Tips & Tricks to SAVE MONEY + TONS of Organization & Storage Tips

January 23, 2020 100 By William Morgan


Freezer storage is for quality only. Frozen foods remain safe indefinitely. Just as we can freeze memories with photos
and seemingly pause time. We can do the same with food and the freezer! This video is all about freezer hacks, tips
and tricks. I’ll give you a tour of my bottom drawer
freezer and share the basic tools I use for freezing storing and organizing all the life
sustaining food that is in there. So that we can get the most out of our freezer
and pretty much freeze all the things. First let’s talk storage containers! Of course I like to shop my own kitchen first. Glass pasta jars – they’re amazing! Particularly these Classico jars because they
are very strong they have a square-ish shape to them. I also invested in these glasswares that are
oven and freezer safe. I love that they’re rectangular and have
lids. Opaque metal water jars from conferences or
field trips are great for light sensitive items like yeast and flax. I will even use plastic containers of all
kinds. The first thing I look for from these is their
resin identification number. Generally one, two, four, five are the safer
ones. I also like to reuse bags from foods. Bread, tortillas come in bags that still
have life even after the product is long gone. To prevent freezer burn, I package these bags
into proper freezer bags. This allows me to reuse those freezer bags
freely without washing them unless for some reason they are not properly stored. Cereal liners can be washed out opened and
used just as you would use wax or freezer paper to protect your foods. They can also act as liners for your freezer
sheets to reduce clean up. For any of you with a chest or bottom drawer
freezer, you know what a pain they can be to keep organized. My solution is to use small gift bags in my
drawer freezer. But you can scale up to reusable grocery bags
depending on your needs. These bags have a very small footprint and
provide structure to food packages. They are lightweight, sturdy and easily replaceable
if they get damaged by any sort of moisture. Just be sure to reinforce the bottom with
duct tape. You can even use rice bags they’re very
sturdy and don’t need reinforcement.. I love that these allow me to group my items
of a particular category together and easily remove that entire category of items and look
at them at my leisure without wasting any electricity by keeping the door wide open.  For anybody with mobility issues this helps
so much! I had severe back pain from just holding my
son too much when he was a toddler and this was such a lifesaver. Definitely need tools to label the items. I use some printable label sheets that my
sister recovered from her school. But masking tape works really well.. Spelling skills are apparently optional! As long as you and your family can read
it then it’s good. Binder clips work so well in the kitchen not
just in the office. These allow us to fold the bags so that there’s
a nice airtight seal and they’re very strong so that holds it in place very well. I like using hair ties for the freezer because
it helps the food to keep a nice cylindrical shape. They also hold the bags but slide off very
easily when I need to use the product. And they don’t break down due to the cold
temperatures like a regular rubber band would. And I often don’t have room to fit an entire
cookie sheet in my freezer so I use washed out meat trays or when I can’t pass up the
$.99 pie I wash out that tin and use that tin to freeze items. I learned this early on from my then to be
in-laws. If manufactures can make it and freeze it then we can do the same! Grocery
stores often have aisles and aisles full of freezer items. Are they freezing it? If they are doing it then we can do surely
do it too! Just like, you know, copying off the smart
kid at school…take notes from them! If they’re freezing it how are they freezing
it? Check for clues that offer insights as to
how we too can store these foods. Is there anything special about that packaging
like foil or opaque bags? And don’t stop there! Read their instructions. What does it say about reheating? By copying the items at the grocery store
I was able to learn that reheating homemade breakfast burritos in a heavy bottomed skillet
is the way to go. The results are more delicious and if timed
right it doesn’t take any more hands on time than microwaving it. In fact, it eliminated the need for special
paper towel wrapping to ensure that the tortilla doesn’t have a weird texture. All kinds of produce can be frozen! My rule of thumb is to love my future self
by investing the time to do things right.. Here this means properly preparing the food
so that it saves me time. Can I freeze whole items? Yes! But will future Wendy love using that whole
frozen item? No she won’t. And she’ll probably mutter at past Wendy. So take the time now to slice, dice, and chop
items into usable sizes. For aromatics like onion, garlic and ginger I
chop them and place them in glass jars. Then place them in the freezer. Every hour or so I’ll give the jars a good
shake to break things up. This eliminates the need to use a tray to
freeze, but still results in small pieces I can easily removed from the jars when I
need it. For items that have more moisture like bell
peppers or jalapeños, I chop them all at once and spread them on a small tray, then
fill a jar with them. This is especially nice because I do prefer
to use plastic gloves when processing these due to their spiciness.  By prepping in bulk I can reduce my glove
usage. Actually this day, I also processed a can of
chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. If you know anything about these peppers you
know they’re spicy and they can stain. I was able to process both the jalapeños
and chipotle peppers using that same plastic glove. So I had a bit of a double win here! For peppers I remove the seeds, purée and
freeze them on a plastic tray that came from a package of cookies! After freezing the puree for a couple of hours,
I was able to cut it into cubes and place it in a glass jar so they’re ready for future
Wendy to use in cooking. She’ll be very happy. Bonus that the glass jar contains the powerful
smell of those peppers. Avocados freeze very well and are so versatile. So when life gives you $.20 avocados, you
bring them home, cube them up for smoothies or prepare singleserving guacamole packages
using washed out applesauce containers. They’re fun to make because you can throw
them on the counter to get all those little air bubbles out.  this is a great way to make and
store hummus as well. I use cut up pieces of bags as the top and
make sure that the plastic covers all the way to the edges of the container. These are so great for school lunches and
can be placed in the lunchbox frozen and they’re thawed and ready to eat by lunchtime. Before containerizing my peas I’d have multiple
bags of partially used peas. But no more! Ketchup containers are usually a number five
plastic and they’re tall and skinny which maximizes the space in the bottom freezer
that we have. The clear bottom also makes it so that we
can easily see how much is left inside. They’re easy to fill and pour from. Berries of all kinds freeze wonderfully
and can be purchased on sale, washed out, and flash frozen for smoothies just like the
factories do. We have no problems eating 10 pounds of potatoes
before they go bad. But if we did I’d probably still buy this
and slice, dice and blanch the potato and freeze for future use. Bananas are great to make nice cream or to mash
up to be used in baked goods. And veggie scraps of all kinds even lettuce
and cucumber which don’t thaw well can be stored in a bag and broth can be made out
of them to reduce any food waste. Flour can and I think SHOULD be frozen. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying any
of these products from an expensive store like Whole Foods or a discount store like
the 99 Cents store. All of these products have the potential
of having existing bug eggs or bugs themselves. It’s the reality of Mother Nature. What I do with flour products is I open them
right when I get home and look for any signs of pests. If somethings moving in there or there are
webbings that indicate moths then I’ll consider getting my money back and discarding it. Even I am not so frugal as to still use it. In all my years of homemaking I’ve only
seen this once when I purchased from a very small shop which I never went back to again. Know that just because you have a pest infestation
doesn’t mean that you live or keep a dirty home. These usually enter our homes with the products. So it’s important to sterilize the products
by using the freezer and storing them in airtight glass or plastic containers. This way if there is an infestation at least
it’s contained to that one item and not spreading throughout your entire cabinet. Rice, oatmeal and even baking mixes get the
same freezer treatment for at least one week. Completed food products like muffins or these
homemade Chinese buns are great frozen. Once they’re made, cooked and cooled they
can be frozen and stored in bags just like the stores do. I also freeze bagged bread right in the bags
since we use them within a month or two of purchase. They don’t require special packaging and
we don’t notice any taste difference. Raw nuts have a short life if kept at room
temperature. The freezer extends their life and keeps their
are oils fresh. Same with coffee! Tofus life can be extended as well, but it’s
texture does change with the freezing. It becomes more chewy and sponge like which
I enjoy because it sops up any sauce that it’s cooked in. Bacon and sausage chubs are very easy and
can be frozen right in their packaging that they come in. And reduced clear it’s meets can be purchased
and cooked in bulk to make your own convenience food that will last for months in the freezer
and provide quick meals for any meat eaters in your family. These family packs of meat can save money
but they’re actually not that convenient. Most of the time we don’t portion these
out right because will cook the whole package and portion that for freezing.. To reuse plastic bags from bread and tortillas,
I keep those in the freezer too. When I’m ready to use them I take them out
and use them to portion them out into usable sizes. To show you here I’m using chicken breasts
and bags from tortilla and bread. Use the food bags as gloves and place your
portions in there then place in another portion.. The key is to have the tops of the bag parallel
to the top of the freezer bag so the air can get out easily. I learned the hard way that most freezer bags
lose their airtight seal when you do that inverting thing at the top. Using these inner bags allow me to invert
those bags instead of the freezer bag and the freezer bag remains clean. Bread bags are usually air tight and juices
are contained inside those inner bags which allows me to reuse the freezer bag without
washing it assuming that I keep it at save temperatures or just wash it out. To remove the air Just use a pot Filled
with water and submerge the freezer bag close the bag except for a small slit in the corner
and all the air will be squeezed out. Label and place it on a freezing tree. When it’s frozen you’ll have your own
individual portions of meat without having to purchase extra plastic! Double wins! For homemade burritos I also store those
in tortilla bags with no extra wrapping around the individual burritos since if the burritos
themselves are wrapped properly the dryness of the tortillas keeps the burritos separate. I’ll link my video on freezer burritos up
in the i above if you’re interested. Homemade pretzels with or without sausages
can be made ahead and frozen for even more quick meals and snacks. Broth’s or liquids of all kinds including
raw, beaten egg, soups, stews even beans can be stored in glass jars. I particularly love these Classico jars because
they’re very strong and they also have markings on the side that indicate the half and 1 cup
lines. Which are very useful. These jars go through a rigorous heating process
for canning so they withstand the cold temperatures as well. Just be sure to leave one or 2 inches below
the neck. Freeze already cold items. And attach the lid loosely until the liquid
is frozen completely and then tighten the lid. I’ve never had any cracking when following
these simple rules. Most of us know shredded cheese freezes really
well. I buy it when it’s on sale and freeze it
in its original packaging. But for the most part block cheese cost less
per unit than shredded. If not then at the very least it doesn’t
contain extra starches that keep the shreds separate. I buy black cheeses slice it pretty thick
then throw it in the freezer. The freezing process causes the cheese to
become More easily crumble-able if that’s even a word. This means that we can treat this cheese just
as we would shredded cheese. I think it’s a huge time-saving tips for
people who normally buy block cheese, shred it then freeze. This cut out that additional and painful step
of cleaning up after shredding cheese. Butter freezes incredibly well right in its
right packaging as well.. My tip is to cut your butter once you get
home into Units that you often use for cooking then wrap it back up into the wrapper, Mark
it and place it back into the box that it came in. For me this is enough protection for the butter
To stay good for months. This way you’re never in that situation
where you need a small amount of butter but you only have a large frozen stick of butter. Remember to love your future self! Cottage cheese freezes well and becomes more
like a ricotta once thawed. It’s great for eating straight if you like
ricotta. Mill can be frozen right in its container. Just be sure to pour off about a cup to allow
room for expansion. Same can be said for juices of all kinds too. Power outages are always a concern when you’re
running a freezer. Full freezers are more energy efficient then
empty freezers. So consider adding water bottles or freezer
packs to keep it full. Generally a full freezer can stay at is it
safe temperature for 2 to 3 days without power if left unopened.. This is my super high tech tool. To make it are use a water bottle half filled
with water and a few drops of dye. It doesn’t need to be watered it just needs
to be liquid that you can easily see. It could be leftover coffee or tea for that
matter. Just freeze it on its side and when it’s
frozen solid, Your tool is be ready to be used! Store it upright in your freezer and if you
see any movement of that liquid to the bottom it means something bad happened and you’ll
need to look for options to cook your food immediately. Like maybe hold a block party and feed the
town. Or if it’s questionable throw it out. I despise food waste but it’s not worth
it to risk one’s health. About refreezing, this is taken directly from
the United States department of agriculture website. Once food is thawed in the refrigerator, it
is safe to refreeze it without cooking. If previously frozen foods are thawed in the
refrigerator, you may refreeze the unused portion. They further say the food storage is for quality
only. Frozen foods remain safe in definitely. So the lesson here is to thaw using the refrigerator
to be on the safest side. I’ll link their site in the description
box. They even have a nice chart with some guidelines
regarding food quality. We’re all busy and sometimes it’s a struggle
just to get through every day life. This freezer has really helped me and my family
through all the craziness that life has thrown at us. From breast-feeding my son and working at
the same time to my husband going back to school. Whatever season of life. And I hope you found some of these tips helpful. I know they’ve helped us to save so much
time and money. This was such a fun video to put together! Thank you so much for hanging out with me
and I wish you happy freezing. I hope to see you in the next one. Bye! This video would’ve been a lot shorter if
I talked about what not to freeze. Canned food in the unopened can and raw eggs
in the shell. Tools:
Small little lunch sized Bags! If you’re organizing a chest freezer you
can scale up the size and use reusable grocery bags. For any of you with a chest freezer or any
of these bottom drawer freezer so you know what a pain they can be to keep organized. My solution is to use small gift bags in my
bottom drawer freezer. These bags provide structure to food items
with a very small footprint. They are lightweight, sturdy and easily replaceable
if they get damaged by any sort of moisture. Just be sure to reinforce the bottom with
duct tape. You can even use rice bags they’re very
sturdy and don’t need reinforcement. They allow me to group my items of a particular
category together, and easily remove that entire Category of items and look at them
at my leisure without wasting any of the electricity by keeping the door wide open. For anybody with mobility issues This helps
so much. I had severe back pain from just holding my
son too much when he was a toddler and this was a lifesaver for me. Labels and a permanent marker – nothing fancy
really. I use the white parts from labels from shipping
items and just cut them to size or old printable label sheets recovered from my sister. You can also use masking tape! That works really well. Spelling skills help too but that’s optional. As long as you and your family can read it,
it’s good. Binder clips – I love these little things
and they work so well in the kitchen not just in the office. They allow us to fold the bags so that there’s
a nice airtight seal and they’re so strong that it holds it in place very very well. Hair ties – I like using these because It
helps the food bags keep a nice cylindrical shape. They also hold the bags but slide off very
easily when I’m ready to use the product. They also don’t break down due to the cold
temperatures like regular rubber bands do. What to freeze? What to freeze – pretty much everything! I learned this early on from my then to be
in laws. If manufacturers can make it and freeze it
we can do the same! For breakfasts they always gift us with homemade
bao – Multiple kinds. Sweet buns filled with a paste made from beans
or savory buns made from barbecue pork. These are items we used to buy from the store
for a significant price! They make them from scratch, steam them, flash
freeze them and package them for us to take home and enjoy until the next time we visit. It’s awesome and greatly appreciated If you’re not sure, buy A bag of the frozen
stuff. See if you like it and think of it as an investment
in your freezer learning experience. Go look at a grocery store’s freezer aisle. Are they freezing it? If they are doing it then we surely can too! And take notes from them! How are they freezing it? Check for clues that offer insights as to
how we too can store these foods – Is there anything special about that packaging like
foil or opaque bags? Read the instructions, what does it say about
reheating? – [ ] I freeze bags – let me drive home the
point that freezing isn’t meant to kill bacteria, mold and fungus. That’s cookings job. So if you have a bag that is infested with
these somehow it’s not safe to eat just thawed afterwards. But cooked is completely fine
– [ ] I freeze trash Because We don’t compost and I don’t want to constantly change our
our trash bag. Gotta help the environment in some way at
least. – [ ] And a general I try to love my future
self and save my future self time. Invest the time to properly prepare your food
so that your future self has a very easy time using that food. Can I freeze a whole avocado yes I can. Will future windy love using a frozen avocado
no she will not And she will probably mutter at past Wendy for being lazy. So take the time now when the avocado is unfrozen
easy to cut cube that avocado flash freeze it, same with bananas! Then stick it into one of your containers. Your future self will love you and think you
are brilliant. – [ ] An empty freezer will use more energy
than a full one because foods or liquids hold the temperature better than the air in the
freezer. So if for whatever reason you’re running
low on freezer items fill jugs of water in there and keep it in until you’re able to
stock up your freezer. Basic ingredients:
Foods with a high fat content such as cheese avocado oils. – [ ] Cheese! For the most part block cheese costs less
per unit than shredded. If not then at the very least it doesn’t
contain extra starches to keep the shreds separate. I buy block cheese slice it pretty thick and
throw it in the freezer. The freezing process causes the cheese to
be more easily crumble-able if that’s even a word. This means that We can treat this cheese just
as shredded cheese or as a slice. I think this is a huge time saving tip for
people who normally buy block cheese shred it and then freeze. This cuts out that additional step and painful
clean up of shredding cheese. – [ ] Eggs – Raw eggs can be cracked into
containers and frozen! I like to beat mine up to prevent the weird
texture with yolks. They will come out great for scrambled eggs. – [ ] Butter! Butter freezes beautifully. My pro tip here is to cut your butter once
you get it home into units that you often use for cooking. Pre-cut them into tablespoons quarter cups
half cups then stick the Open ends together as if you never cut them and package it directly
in the box that it came in. For me this is enough protection for the butter
to stay good for months. This way you’re never In that situation
where you need a small amount of butter but you have a large frozen stick of butter. love your future self! – [ ] Broth of all kinds look at how the store
packages is for this I like to use Glass jars again tempered glass jar is perfectly fine
to use in the freezer. Does smaller than neck the better if it has
no neck at all then those are going to be the most structurally sound. I have been freezing glass for over 15 years
never have I had a glass shatter on me. – [ ] Hummus can be frozen directly in its
packaging or can be opened or parceled out into individual serving sizes. – [ ] Meats and seafood of all kinds. Meat and poultry defrosted in the refrigerator
can be refrozen before or after cooking. It’s thawed by other methods then cook before
be freezing. USDA keep food safe! Food safety basics. – [ ] Dairy
– [ ] Milk – [ ] Juice
– [ ] Fruit – [ ] Tofu exclamation it changes the texture
so that it’s a little more spongy a little more chewy I particularly love it others do
not but it can be frozen and it’s awesome. – [ ] Coffee can be frozen! Keeps it fresh! – [ ] Vegetables – Most raw vegetables can
be flash frozen on a flat tray so that each piece is in individual chunk and then bagged. – [ ] Aromatics can be chopped in bulk flash
frozen and stored in washed out glass jars. Glass can freeze very well specifically the
jars that are frozen. The ones that I like are very thick glass
pasta jars that I know have gone through a rigorous heating process. if they can withstand the high heat and they
can also withstand the deep freeze just be sure to not overfill your jar and any temperatureChange
needs to be a gentle one. I use this method for garlic ginger green
onion or any onion for that matter and jalapeños and chilies. These are items that I really do love including
in to our meals but I really dislike cutting them each and every time I have to make a
meal. Being able to take a bottle out of the freezer
shake what I need into the pan directly is a huge time and money saver. Look at what it costs to Buy an equivalent
item like this at the grocery store this is a ridiculous savings when we can do the same
thing on our own and it’s less processed and I argue that it’s easier to handle. Bonus points for being very green. – [ ] Even potatoes – Raw potatoes should
not be frozen but blanched potatoes can freeze wonderfully. This can be a huge time and money saver considering
I can get 10 pounds of potatoes for two dollars and this bag of hashbrowned potatoes which
is essentially cubed blanched potatoes cost two dollars and it’s only 2 pounds. – [ ] Flour and baking mixes can be frozen! And it doesn’t matter if you’re buying
any of these products from an expensive store like whole foods or a discount store like
the 99 Cents store, all of these products have the potential of having existing bug
eggs or bugs themselves. It’s the reality of Mother Nature. What I do with my products is I open them
right when I get home and look for any signs of pests. If there’s something moving in there or
there are webbings that indicate moths, I’ll consider getting my money back and discarding
it. even I’m not so frugal as to still use it. In all my years of homemaking I’ve only
seen this once when I bought from a very small shop which I never went back to again. Just because you have a pest infestation doesn’t
mean you live in a dirty house! These usually enter our home with the product. So it’s important to sterilize them by using
the freezer and then storing them in airtight glass or plastic containers. This way if there is an infestation at least
it’s contained to that one item and not spreading throughout your entire cabinet. – [ ] Fresh pasta can be frozen! Dry pasta can be frozen for a few days if
I made you really paranoid by that last bit. Some of the weirdest things I freeze are bones,
veggie scraps for broth and believe it or not trash. It’s not gross because it just came from
foods I’m preparing, I just don’t want them sitting around and festering until trash
day. Come trash day I can discard that small bag. This helps us use just one small bag per week,
which I’ll admit we can do better, but there is a lot worse just a few steps away from
us. We’re all busy and sometimes it’s a struggle
to get through everyday life. Whatever season of life you’re in, I hope
you find some of these tips helpful. They’ve definitely helped my household immensely
and while most of our meals are not Pinterest worthy, they are in our opinion balanced and
healthy. I hope this video gave you some new ideas
on how to use your freezer. It really is such a great time and money saver. This was a fun video to put together. Thank you so much for hanging out with me
and I wish you happy freezing! I hope to see you in the next one. Bye! (Camera shutter) You know this video would have been a lot
shorter if I talked about what not to freeze. Canned food (in the unopened can) and raw
egg in the shell.