Looking after our freezers isn’t always at the top of our priority list, but are you getting the most out of yours? The first step is to think about what you use your freezer for. Are you a batch cooker that plans for the week ahead, or do you use it to store food you buy in bulk? Whether it’s ice cubes for a cocktail (or two) or the emergency pizzas we all have tucked away somewhere at the back, using your freezer properly can save you money, time and effort in more ways than one especially when you are yet to get freezer insurance.
Here are our top 5 tips to get the most out of your freezer;
1.Organise your draws
Keeping everything organised in your freezer is a great way to make the most of the space you have, and avoid any cross-contamination. Divide your freezer into zones, so you know where everything is, and it will be easy to find when you need it. The top draw is usually labelled as the ‘super freeze’ section, so it’s best to keep your ice cube tray and ice creams in here.
2.Storing your leftovers
Always make sure to store your food in freeze safe containers or bags to ensure they freeze properly. Our top tip is to use a bag and lay your leftovers flat before you put them into your freezer. This way, you can stack food on top of each other and you’ll have more space in your freezer. It also means the food will defrost quicker when you need it.
3.Have a clear-out
As much as we may not want to admit it, we’ve all got items in the depths of our freezer that should have been thrown out long ago. Take the time to go through your draws every few months and throw away anything that’s been in there too long. You’ll free up more space and be able to organise your freezer more efficiently.
4.Defrost your freezer
It is recommended that you completely defrost your freezer at least once a year, or when there is a quarter-inch of ice build-up on the interior walls. Once defrosted, give the freezer draws a thorough clean and don’t forget to unplug it before you defrost it. If you have a fridge/freezer, be sure to clear the fridge of any perishable items beforehand.
5. Do your research
Take the time to research which foods can be frozen and for how long, then label each item accordingly. The packaging will state whether the food is suitable for freezing, and how long it can be frozen for. You should also check that the temperature is right, ideally, it should be around -18ºC, but each manufacturer is different, so check the original instructions.
Getting the most out of your freezer also means making sure it’s working at its best. To avoid any costly repairs, give our friendly team a call on 0330 0885 768 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get an insurance quote today.