So, we have two freezers. In theory, I'd be able to empty one in the summer by consolidating them. This year, thanks to a pig and a quarter cow, I wasn't able to do that.
In addition to the strange and random package sizes that having all of this meat brings, I also freeze in jars. So, you can imagine the organizational shuffling that has to happen in my freezer. And the catastrophic sliding around of things at times. Ugh.
So yesterday, when I cleaned out one freezer in the hopes of consolidating, I was trying to find a way to keep the jars from falling whenever the support of the neighbouring jar was extracted.
So first I tried the five gallon bucket method. I know that technically that means there's a bunch of wasted space but I thought I'd be able to pack stuff all around them.
It was way too much wasted space that no amount of packing around could compensate for. And yes, ideally I would have defrosted and gotten rid of that snow in there but because the other freezer is pretty full too, I had nowhere to store the food while I did that.
As I was puzzling until my puzzler was sore, I came up with a couple of other ideas. One is to make some broth out of some of the bones etc. that I just threw in the freezer. The other was that I remembered that I had some of those wire grid storage things that tend to be more frustration than anything else most days. So... I grabbed them to deploy.
My verdict? Awesome.
Now I just have to do the other one...