Last night my hubby and I decided that it was past time to pick our wild concord grapes for his annual wine-making. The only problem is, the first two weeks of the wine process is an essential time. You must stir up the mash every day of the first two weeks. Well, we aren't going to be around for a good part of the next two weeks! But in the meantime, the grapes are almost past peak and we can't wait any longer to harvest them!
Except I had to rearrange the freezer in order to make room for flash-freezing 30 pounds of grapes! Yup. 30 pounds. Oi.
First, I took everything out and put in on the counter. Then I made piles according to like items. My piles ended up being: Veggies, uncooked meat, cooked meat, fish, icepacks (medicinal or for lunch boxes), & staples (like butter, frozen spices, eggbeaters). I then used shoe-box size plastic bins (labeled, of course) to hold three of these categories. The staples and icepacks went on the door, the open veggies and cooked meat went in one bin, fish in another, and uncooked meat went in another. I also had a few items that didn't fit in the bins, like unopened bags of veggies and family packs of meats. Well, that's okay. Because just organizing what I was able to do was a huge help! I'd already cleaned out the whole bottom shelf!
Just imagine how much more space I can make if I actually finish the job!