When we first moved into our townhome, one of the biggest purchases that we made was buying our refrigerator with a built-in drawer freezer. I shared in this post a little about our refrigerator, so now I wanted to get into some of the details about our drawer freezer.
Before we lived in this home we lived in an apartment. The kitchen in that apartment was pretty basic and it came with a standard size refrigerator with a small freezer door at the top. I always found it so hard to keep that tiny freezer space organized. It was so small that we could only fit a few essentials in there at a time. There was definitely no room for stocking up on frozen meats and vegetables.
So, once we decided to build our townhome and we could finally choose our own appliances, I was set on buying a refrigerator with a drawer freezer.
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Drawer freezers are great because while they may look small, they actually have a ton of storage! They also allow you to store much larger items than the thin side-by-side models do. My favorite part though has to be the pull out trays. Our drawer freezer actually has three layers – the bottom basket, the mid-level tray, and the top-level tray.
Yes, our freezer can hold tons of food. But, that also means it can hold more than I realize and can get cluttered easily. Like this for example:
Not exactly the organized freezer you were expecting, right?
So today I thought I would share how I organize our drawer freezer and give you some tips for your own fridge.
How to Organize a Drawer Freezer
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First, you will need to get all of the food out of the freezer. It’s so much easier to organize, especially in a drawer setup, when you’ve completely cleared the space.
Remove all of the food from the freezer and make sure to throw away any old food that has expired or isn’t good anymore.
To maximize the storage space in a drawer freezer, I find it helpful to add in some bins. This will help you to separate different types of foods and create zones.
These multipurpose bins (size medium) are the perfect size for the main basket area of a drawer freezer.
Bins also enable you to remove frozen foods from their packaging. Packages just take up extra unnecessary space. You can fit more food in the freezer if you get rid of the packaging. Pro tip — if you need the cooking instructions on the side of the package, cut off that part of the box and save only the instructions.
We buy frozen ground beef and frozen chicken in bulk, so I created a zone for each using the bins.
These wire bins happened to be the perfect size for our top-level tray. They can be used to hold smaller frozen foods or desserts.
Group Foods by Type
Finally, you are going to start putting all of the foods back into the freezer. But pay attention to the different types of foods that you have and the sizing of the trays in the drawer freezer.
In the bottom basket of our freezer, I grouped together all frozen meats and pasta.
The mid-level tray is much shallower than the other trays in the freezer, so I decided to store all of the frozen vegetables here. They lay relatively flat in the bags that they come in.
The top-level tray is perfect for our miscellaneous items like smaller packaged things and frozen fruit. I also stored some quick and easy frozen dinners on the top-level for easy access.
So that’s how I organize our drawer freezer.
After living with the freezer for over a year now, I’ve been able to learn what works for us and how we like to have things organized. After some trial and error, I think I’ve set up a good system that will help keep our frozen food organized and easily accessible.
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Do you have a drawer freezer? I’d love to hear some tips and tricks for how you keep everything organized.
Have a great week!