Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Keeping Track

One of the hardest parts of bulk cooking is keeping track of all the food once it's in your freezer!  There is nothing worse than finding a meal that has been floating around the dark corners of your freezer for a couple of years, especially when you put so much time and effort into making the meal in the first place. 

I have tried many ways over the years of tracking what is in my freezer, but the easiest is to simply use a freezer inventory page.  You can hang your page on the freezer, in the cupboard, on the side of your fridge or in your home management binder.  Placing your inventory in a page protector allows you to use dry erase markers to mark and re-use your page.  You can also use a dry erase board, but I have found that things sometimes got erased by people bumping the board or a "helpful" toddler trying to clean up.

To use the inventory, simple write down the entree or item name on a line and make a slash ( / ) mark for each item in the freezer.  When you take the item out of the freezer make another slash to  make an  ( X ).  This is useful for keeping track of all of your frozen fruits and veggies.  No more digging around in your freezer wondering if there is really a bag of corn left for corn chowder, now you can know at a glance (provided you teach ALL members of the family to mark of anything they remove from the freezer) and no more frostbit fingers.

Here is a printable freezer inventory just for you!

Just click the picture to open, save on your desktop and print as a full page. 

I even use on of these sheets to keep track of all of my canned goods during canning season.  It is great to know at a glance what I have without having to run around an open cupboard doors or running to the basement when menu planning for the month.

Hope this helps you keep track just a little bit easier of all of your freezer contents!


Sarah Koves said...

I had this all going before we moved, but used numbers instead of / since I didn't have a good method for keeping track.  It is time,now that we are settled in the new house, to do it again.  Thanks.

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