Why You Should Clean Out Your Freezer in the Winter

Thanksgiving may be over, but the holiday baking season has just begun. If you haven't already, now is the time to clean out your freezer to free up space for cookie dough logs and all the soups you're planning to make with that turkey stock. (I've got my eye on this one.)

But besides making space for holiday cooking, there's another good reason to clean out the freezer this time of year.

You can put all the frozen stuff outside while you clean.

It's pretty simple. Pick a below-freezing day to clean out your freezer, and you can just stick all the frozen goods on your patio, porch, or in the backyard while you clean. No more loading up a cooler with ice to keep things from defrosting, or rushing through the task so you can stuff everything back in. You may not like winter, but in this case, it can really work in your favor.

See our tutorial → How To Clean the Freezer

Have you ever unloaded foods outside while you clean and organize your freezer?

(Image credits: Ariel Knutson)