Side Orders: Don't forget your freezer when doing your spring cleaning

Geriatrics case manager Kristin Meador takes frozen meats from a freezer to be packed for delivery to a client Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Partnership Elder Services in Eastgate Town Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.

While you're in the midst of your spring cleaning - in closets, under beds and other places where you've let things go during the winter months - don't forget your freezer. It's a breeding ground for broken promises - those foods you bought, promising to try a new recipe, but ended up throwing in the freezer and forgetting. Or maybe your mantra is waste not, want not. It's not a bad habit to follow if you can remember about those leftovers. More often than not, however, they end up in the back of your freezer suffering an incurable case of freezer burn.

photo Anne Braly

In a perfect world, we should wipe up any spills immediately when they overflow their sides on the way into the freezer.