As I stated the other day I am going to give you a look into just how we store a months worth of food for 8 people. Like I also stated before we do things differently this time of year because we do not get our fruits and veggies from the farmers market anymore which means there is a lot more things in my freezer then normal. We also freeze strawberry jam and cut strawberries every year which equals about 100lbs of strawberries we prepare. We freeze corn and zucchini as well so our freezers are pretty full right now.
We have 2 different fridge/freezer combo’s inside our house and a very large deep freezer outside in our garage. We are only 1 new bigger inverter away from running the freezer outside all on solar energy, so if the power ever goes out we don’t have to worry about all the food in there going bad.
Fridge/Freezer Food Strorage inside
This is the fridge/freezer that is in our kitchen and we call this the main fridge. The right side is a fridge and the left side is a freezer.
Here is our fridge/freezer combo that is kept on our back porch.
Inside Fridge Storage
Here is a look inside of the fridge in our kitchen where we keep condiments, leftovers, drinks, and the fruits and veggies that are opened and in use.
This is our other fridge/freezer combo that is inside, this one is on our back porch the same place our food storage shelves are located. In here we keep extra fruits and veggies as well as our milk and eggs.
Inside Freezer Storage
Here is a look into the freezer in the kitchen. Both of the indoor freezers have 1 package of each frozen fruit and frozen veggies, frozen chicken broth, and some other misc items.
A look at the back porch freezer.
Outside Big Deep Freezer Storage
I’m sure this is the one freezer that will be the most exciting to see. It is a HUGE deep freezer, I put a 5 gallon bucket in front of it so you can see how big of a freezer it really is!!
We had wanted to purchase part of a cow to save on grass fed meat for some time now, are going to raise enough meat birds next year for chicken for a year for us, and also want to start freezing more fresh produce for the winter. Finding a used cheap deep freezer had been on our to purchase list of quite some time.
When our milk/meat farmer built a walk in freezer and was getting rid of her freezers at a discounted rate, we decided it was time to get one! We keep in our in our garage because there really isn’t much room in the house for this big thing!! We have had it now for over 6 months and I LOVE it!!
Here you can see just how deep in is, all of our jars of freezer strawberry jam are on the bottom, and on top of them are multiple gallon size bags full of crock pot garlic mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes, and there is still tons of space!
Here are our extra frozen veggies for the month, and all of the corn we froze during the summer, along with bread, and a few other bags.
Here is the rest of our bread, tons of our frozen strawberries from strawberry picking this year, along with a few other frozen bags of fruit.
Because the freezer is so deep there are 4 baskets on top which is a great spot to keep misc small meat packages, small bags of frozen veggies for soups, and other small items. They slide along the top so you can access the food below them.
Old Freezer Storage
We haven’t always had a huge deep freezer to store all of our freezer meals. Less then a year ago we used this very old upright freezer to store everything. Here is a look at what that freezer looked like. In the door you can see just how much homemade bread we go through in a couple months time. This freezer was so old that every summer we had to thaw out all the ice buildup that would collect inside, but either way it worked 😉 !
As you can see it was packed to the brim with meals and other food. Getting things out sure was interesting. By the time we got our deep freezer we were propping the door shut with a broom handle so it wouldn’t fling back open 😀 , God sure knows how to come through just when we need something!!
Food Storage Shelves
Here is another fun one, our food storage shelves. We have gone through many storage shelves through the years. The biggest reason for this is because our back porch used to be an outdoor back porch and was built on a slant to keep water away from the house which bows wooden shelves. Due to this fact the first set of storage shelves we bought bowed in and eventually collapsed, and eventually the Ikea shelves we got started bowing too. These shelves should last for a while because they have feet that can be leveled, and are not wooden shelves that will eventually bow due to all the weight of all the food we keep on them.
In this picture the shelves look extra full because we had not done our monthly meal making yet. Once we made the meals the shelves are about 1/2 emptied.
We place baskets on the shelves for smaller items so the kids can grab some of the snacks right of the shelves. We also will eventually cut thin pieces of wood to put under the cans since they do not stack on the wire shelves good at all.
How We Make Our Monthly Meals
If you missed it stop over and read all your questions answered and the logistics of feeding our family of 8.
- Take a look at how we make a months worth of meals and put in onto a shopping list.
- Learn how we plan out an entire months worth of meals on our Meal Planning For Monthly Crock Pot Meals.
- Here is a look at the things we do in advance of our monthly meal cooking day, which does include making 16 loaves of bread to freeze.
- Take a look at the work that goes into making monthly meals, it is a lot of work but in the end it only takes a few hours with all of us working together.
- Looking for some of our recipes? You can find our Monthly freezer cooking meal ideas at the bottom of the page.
Looking for more freezer crock pot meal ideas? Stop over to my Freezer Meal Pinterest board for some great ideas.