Do you know how to get the most out of your freezer?
These 6 tips will help keep your frozen food fresh:
- Keep your freezer organized. Keeping the food that has been in the freezer the longest up front it will prompt a first-in-first-out mentality. This will allow you to use your items faster so they are less likely to go to waste. Store new items in the back, to allow the new food to be in the coldest part of the freezer.
- Air flow is key. Make sure when you add new food to the back of the freezer that there is adequate room around the item to allow for air circulation. This will ensure your food is cooled on all surfaces evenly.
- Minimize freezer burn with vacuum sealing. Air tight and vacuum sealed packaging will help minimize freezer burn, which can leave your food tasting less flavorful and colorful.
- Blanch vegetables first. When it comes to freezing vegetables, it is best to blanch green vegetables before your freeze them. Blanching helps vegetables maintain their color, flavor and nutrients when frozen.
- Everything has a shelf life. Even fruits and vegetables have a shelf life. Fruits (except citrus) can be stored for 8 to 12 months. Citrus fruits and their juices can be stored for 4 to 6 months. Vegetables can be stored for 8 to 12 months.
- Label everything. Clearly label each package with the date it expires. This will make it easier to identify which food you need to consume first, and which items are past their shelf life.
These simple tips can help you keep your frozen food fresher, and even extend the life of some of your seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables.
Are you ready to winterize your garage? It’s time to bring in the warm weather furniture, tools and equipment. If you have an already packed space, the additional items can create an even bigger mess.
Here are 3 easy tips to clean up the clutter and organize before winter arrives.
Have a Game Plan:
First, decide what functions you want your garage to have. The majority of home owners use their garage to park their car but there are many other uses that are important to make space for in addition to parking the car. Many homeowners choose to have designated space for hobbies, tools and storage.
After you’ve decided what you want to store, designate “zones” so that each area has a place.
By dividing up your garage into zones you’ll have organized spaces for things like lawn & garden equipment, sporting goods and tools. This will keep you organized and help the rest of the household know where to put things in the future.
Clutter is one of the biggest and most common problems in the garage for homeowners. Take some time before each season to assess what can stay and what needs to go.
Designate an area where items that you can sell at a future garage sale can go, that way when the weather warms back up you’ll already have items ready to go.
Instead of tossing hardly used items away, consider donating. Many charitable organizations will take your gently used items and some will even come pick them up!
Maximize Your Space:
One way to organize and create space is to use garage organization systems. Hooks and shelves easily move items off the garage floor and free up space. It will also make your garage look and feel more organized.