I'm slightly embarrassed to say that this happens to me all the time. Toward the front of the freezer, I keep all the things that I tend to use most regularly: chicken stock, frozen peas and corn, loaves of bread, and tubs of ice cream. But this means that I completely forget what's been shoved behind! Out of sight, out of mind.
In the past, I've tried keeping a list on the side of the fridge listing all the contents of our freezer. This worked well - until I fell out of the habit of updating it!
If I'm being honest with myself, I know that things will always languish unless I make a plan for using them. I've cut down on the amount of refrigerated produce I throw away each week and improved my pantry space by curbing my spontaneous purchases at the store and market. I try to be more intentional with my shopping and stick to buying only things that I have a specific plan to use, even if it's a plan formed on the spot.
But the freezer still eludes me! Any suggestions? Any similar tales of neglect?
(Image: Emma Christensen)