How to organize your Souper Cubes Meals in Chest Freezers
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 labelling 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 smaller freezers 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 categories, it is time to group those items together and store them together. There are a few ways to do this in 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 the cold temperatures. But also, they have handles which is a huge bonus when you start stacking them on top of each other in deep chest freezers.
Option 2 - Reusable shopping bags
Reusable cloth bags are a great option for chest freezers because they are not as rigid as bins.
With this method, label the bag with the category of meals. This way when you go to look for a particular soup you made, you can just pull out the soup bag and not dig through your freezer.
Option 3 - Plastic bins (need handles and good quality to not crack when cold)
Keep track of what you have in your freezer!
It is great to have an organized freezer but if you don’t know what is in it regularly, you won’t use it, and it will get wasted. Or worse, you know you have something and can’t find it.
A few strategies for inventory management:
- Tape sheet of paper with contents on the door, where you can cross off items as you remove them from the freezer.
- Freezer inventory map – 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!