A couple of weeks ago, we bought a 1/8 of a cow. It was a big ass cow. Our 1/8 was 99 pounds of meat.
We split the cow with several other people and my friend did all the organizing and picked the meat up from the butcher, which was so helpful.
We paid $324 for 99 pounds of beef. That includes all the butchers fees. So it came out to be $3.27 a pound. And if you buy grass fed, organic beef from the grocery store, you know that is an AMAZING price.
We mostly got ground beef and chuck roasts, but we did get several steaks and ribs. I am very curious to see how long this much meat lasts us.
When we got the meat home, my deep freezer looked like this:
NOT OK, in my organized OCD home. Something had to be done, not only because it makes my skin crawl, but when you have organized home and know where everything is, you save time, eliminate stress and have more time for fun stuff.
Organizing things happens to be fun for me, but I digress.
I decided to organize my deep freezer like it was organized when it was full of breast milk (at the peak, the deep freezer and our inside fridge freezer were full to the MAX).
My husband, the Engineer (also a bit OCD), had the genius idea of putting the bags of breast milk into plastic containers and sorting them by month. Then placing them in the deep freezer oldest at top (to be used first).
So I did the same thing this time, but organized it by cut. So all my ground beef is one container, all my roasts in another etc. I labeled all the containers and made an inventory list. I will be able to glance at the list and know when I am getting low.
I have all my bags of slow cooker freezer meals in there as well, and I just lay them flat where I can. Then I have odds and ends (salmon, pastry dough from Miami to make empanadas, etc). I also put all those small odds and ends into a container, so I don’t have to pull out 50 million things looking for what I need.
We also have a fridge in the garage, with a freezer. It houses all my homemade stock. And our freezer in the house, stores all my frozen fruit to make Penelope’s smoothies, her smoothie jars themselves and the random pint of ice cream for my husband (I am a cookie girl).
What is your best freezer organizational tip? I am always looking for ways to take my organization to the next level!
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