Friday, August 24, 2012

Pantry & Freezer Cleaning

Just before it is time to start harvesting in the garden
I like to give my pantry and freezer a thorough cleaning.
This is pretty much an all day job but it is the best time to do it
as the freezer and pantry are at their lowest stocked points.

I start the day by unplugging the freezer 
and taking everything out and putting it in baskets.
I try to put like things together,
breads in one basket, veggies in another, meat in another, etc.

When I am done taking everything out
I leave the freezer and head over to start on the pantry.

I start by taking everything off one section and
wiping it down with a mild bleach solution.
While the one set of shelves is drying
I start taking things off the next section of shelving.

It is always handy to have a large garbage can nearby
to throw out any old items or packaging.
When I am about half done working my way around the pantry
it is usually time to head back to the freezer.

Once all the chunks of ice have fallen down
I scoop them out with a shovel.
I'm short and it's the easiest way for me to get them out - lol :)
I then wipe down the freezer with a very mild bleach solution,
rinse it and dry it.

As I put things back into the freezer I make a list of everything going in
with the quantity of each item.
When I am all finished I put the master sheets on top of the freezer
and as an item is added or removed I change the total on the sheet.

Once everything is all back in looking neat and tidy
it's time to plug it back in, shut the lid
and wipe down the outside.
Now it's all ready for the veggies that I will be freezing.

Then it's back to the pantry to finish the last half.
For some reason this side always seems to go a little quicker
but I don't mind.  By this time I just want to be done.
When the shelves are done I give the floor a good wipe down as well
and change and update any shelf labels that need it.
It's a wonderful feeling to have it done
and seeing those clean, empty shelves
just waiting for the canning from the garden.

~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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  1. Cleanin gout the pantry is one of my jobs today. Went grocery shopping last night and stocked up on canned goods. We just bought a freezer from Lowes two week ago and we are still filling it up. I LOVE and APPRECIATE the tip about keeping a list as to what is stored in the freezer. Makes it so much easier to know what to look for rather than think I have something. lol lol

  2. Great job! Cleaning the pantry and freezer is a huge task, but the payoff is huge, too! Nothing like finding things you 'forgot' you had, LOL! With cooler weather coming, I'm due to clean out the chest freezer in the garage and make some meal plans!

  3. Wow! That's a big job, and it looks great! It's a good idea to keep a list to know what you have in the freezer. :)

  4. OH MY I need to do this badly!!! Looks good.


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