What: The Freezer Cure 2015
When: Four weekends in February, starting this Saturday, February 7
The Goal: A clean and organized freezer freshly stocked with good food.
Does your freezer need a cure? For years we've been running our Kitchn Cure — a monthlong program to declutter, clean, and beautify your kitchen for better cooking. But recently our readers put forth requests for a Freezer Cure: a community effort to help us clean our freezers and fill them up with nutritious food. We thought this was a genius idea.
So. You asked. We listened! Are you ready for a Freezer Cure? Here's the plan.
Sign Up for the Cure Email & Follow Along at Home
We send you an email with each weekend's tasks so you can follow along at home.
What Is The Freezer Cure?
Many of us treat our freezers like the junk drawers of the pantry — full of half-eaten bits and long-forgotten packages. But the freezer can be a clean and happy place, stocked with smart staples that save you money in the long haul, not to mention made-ahead meals that help you get dinner on the table fast.
We believe that kitchen projects are better done together! So we're tackling our freezers over the course of this month. Whether you're already fairly organized or, like me, need a serious freezer intervention, welcome!
4 Weekends, 4 Steps
Cleaning out your freezer isn't a hard task, but you'll probably find things you want to use up and eat over a few days of meals. Also, we know that all of us are busy folks. So this is a laid-back Cure schedule: we spread it over four weeks, with just an hour or two of work each weekend.
But of course, go at your own pace. If you want to do it all in one final weekend, great. If you spread it out during the week, go for it! We're here for ya.
Want a sneak preview of what'll happen during the Freezer Cure? Here's an outline. Obviously everyone is different and has a different size of freezer and style of eating. But these four weeks are designed to guide you through the basic steps, with lots of tips and advice for different cooks and different freezers.
- Week 1: Clean Out Your Freezer - Clean the freezer and dump what can't be salvaged. Eat up what should be used!
- Week 2: Organize Your Freezer - Make a strategy and a system to organize what's left. Buy new containers if need be.
- Week 3: Restock Your Freezer - Learn good strategies for using your freezer to save money, stock up, and create faster, better meals.
- Week 4: Cook For Your Freezer - Cook a meal (or more!) to stash in the freezer for busy nights.
The 4 Assignments
Follow along here with four assignments as they go live!
Share & Learn
Once you sign up, use the comment sections to chat with your fellow Cure-participants, or ask questions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Kitchn editors will jump in with advice and resources too.
Use the hashtag #freezercure so everyone can see your questions, and your progress!
All right — who's in? I am! Tell us if you're signed up, and what specific tips would be most helpful for your own personal Freezer Cure!