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freezer is too small for a month's supply of freezer meals
If you are doing
the Once a Month Cooking (OAMC) to have an entire month's
supply of food in your freezer, it can be a challenge if you
only have the small freezer above your fridge in order to
store your meals. However, there are things you can do in
order to save (or aquire!) space.
First, try and
package meals as small as possible. If you are using ziploc
bags, squeeze the air out, and press them as flat as possible,
so you can stack them easily.
Use a container
size suited for the job. Don't use a container that is twice
the size as what you need, because that empty space takes
up room in your freezer that could have fit another meal.
Beg, borrow or
steal freezer space. If a friend or family member has a large
deep freeze that is half empty, barter for some of that space.
Offering a meal for every week's worth of food is a great
exchange. Be sure to label everything well, and stop by to
pick up your next week's supply when it is convenient for
that person. And be sure to use up all the meals before you
stock up his or her freezer again.
If you have the
space, watch for sales on new or used freezers. Or consider
an apartment sized freezer - some are only a foot and a half
wide, making them easy to squeeze into tiny spaces or even
a closet. You will likely find that the money you save by
making a large supply of freezer meals will cover the expense
of a new freezer in no time.
If the above all
fails, cook your meals in two-week batches rather than an
entire month's at a time.