Souper Cubes are not only a great way to store your freezer meals in single portions but are the perfect shape for efficient storage!
Keeping your chest freezer organized ensures you don't forget about any of your frozen foods (from frozen veggies and fruits, frozen ground meat, and even frozen pizza kits), avoiding the risk of freezer burn!
This post will give you some inspiration and ideas for storing your Souper Cubes in your smaller fridge freezers and your chest freezers which are traditionally a bit more tricky to manage.
Chest Freezer Organization Tips & Inspiration
Label everything. Always.
Chili and Spaghetti sauce will always look the same frozen.
While you are very well aware of what you have when you freeze and organize it, you will end up not knowing if you don't label your Souper Cubes stock!
Freezer tape or painter's tape and sharpie work well for labeling the storage bags once your meals are transferred.
You can also label your trays while you are freezing your meals into portions. Use a water-soluble paint pen (Sharpie brand makes a great one). Make sure you get water-based and not-oil based. This will wash off with water and a cloth.
Categorize Your Contents
The biggest tip for organizing any freezer, even a smaller freezer or an upright freezer, is to categorize as best you can. This will look different for everyone based on the meal and cooking preferences of each family. Some example categories could be:
- Meal Prep Lunches
- Ground meats
Once you have your food categories, it is time to group those items and store things together to maximize space. There are a few ways to do this in a chest freezer.
Use Storage Bins to Organize Your Chest Freezer
There are multiple ways to save freezer space and organize your chest-type freezer with Ziploc bags and various storage containers. Here are a few ways to organize a chest freezer:
Option 1 - Milk Crates
These crates are great for freezers because they are very durable and less likely to fracture and crack in cold temperatures. But also, they have handles which is a huge bonus when you stack things on top of each other in a deep freeze.
Option 2 - Reusable shopping bags
Reusable grocery store cloth or canvas bags are a great idea for chest freezers because they are not as rigid as bins.
With this method, label the bag with the category of meals. This way, your food is easily accessible; when you go to look for a particular soup you made, you can easily grab the soup bag and not spend hours digging through your entire freezer.
Option 3 - Plastic bins
Flexible plastic bins are helpful to keep things organized, but; they need to have handles and be of good quality to ensure they don’t crack.
Keep Track of What You Have in Your Freezer!
It is great to have an organized chest freezer. If you don't have an effective chest freezer organization system, you won't be able to find your food, letting it get wasted or freezer burnt over time.
Knowing what is in your chest freezer from the bottom layer to the top layer will help you see what you have and will help with any freezer meal planning that you may do. Here are a few strategies for inventory management:
- Tape a sheet of paper with contents on the door, where you can cross off items as you remove them from the freezer.
- Freezer inventory sheet – this lists what you have on hand but also which area of the freezer.
- Magnetic dry erase board listing contents - erasing items as they are removed from the freezer.
Did we miss any great strategies for organizing your Souper Cubes meals in your chest freezers?!
We would love to hear your ideas or better yet, post a photo of your cubes organized in our Freezer Meals & Recipes Facebook Group!