Unlabeled and unaccounted for food tossed into the big black hole of the freezer is a recipe for disaster.
If you are going to spend time planning for and cooking on a freezer day, you want to take every measure to preserve your food. This is often one of the most neglected steps.
Steps to Keeping Track of WHAT is in Your Freezer!
Once you have packaged your food for the freezer properly, don’t neglect to label it. Whether it is a freezer meal or frozen beef, make sure you write both WHAT it is and WHEN you purchased it. The contents may be obvious now, but come back in six months...you may not be able to tell!
Same as with your pantry or stockpile, when you purchase more food…take the time to rotate the new to the back. This will ensure that older food is always used before newer food and consequently less waste when it comes to clean out the freezer day!
3.Keep a Freezer Inventory List
Good luck remembering everything you have in your freezer without a list. I have the memory of an elephant and I have tried my best…and I can’t remember it all. I need to have a list. I have made a Freezer Inventory List that you can print off and use. Make sure that you stay on it and keep it up. I keep my lists on the freezer so I can mark items off as I pull them out.
4.Keep a Freezer Meal Inventory List
I prefer to keep a Freezer Meal Inventory separate from my other freezer inventory. Maybe it is my simplistic mind, but it helps me to just look at that one sheet and know what meals I have available.
I have started to use a white board for my meal inventory rather than paper. I keep it on the freezer with a dry erase marker. When I take a meal I just mark it off.
5.Consult Your Inventory When You Menu Plan
Stay familiar with what is in your freezer. Consult your list so that you make sure you are not only inventorying, but using what you have in a timely manner!
If you are new here you may want to go back and read the prior posts in the How to Begin Freezer Cooking Series!
1. How to Begin Freezer Cooking
2. Freezer Cooking Questions and Misconceptions
3. What Can I Freeze and How Long?
4. How to Package Your Freezer Meals
5. Making a Freezer Cooking Plan
6. Freezer Cooking Day Planning Worksheets
I know I said this would be the last post of the series, but...I have at least one more. I planned to do Freezer Organization with this post and it was just too much. So, look for the next post soon!