I have a standard freezer along with a deep freezer, and I am always forgetting about things on the bottom of the freezer – sometimes to the point where by the time I realize that they are there, they can no longer be safely eaten.
Wasted food equals to wasted money – and let’s face it…. Wasting money sucks.
I began with emptying everything out of my freezer and lining it up on every inch of available space in my kitchen. Then, I scraped off all the ice that had accumulated on the inside walls of the freezer, and gave it all a good cleaning.
My main purpose here was to keep track of what is inside of my freezer so making an inventory system was a must. What I did was print out this free freezer inventory sheet. I wanted to be able to reuse the same sheet over and over – and edit it as needed without having to print it out again. So, I took my printable sheet over to Staples and had them laminate it for me. While I was there, I bought a pack of wet erase markers – not be to be confused with dry erase markers! Wet erase markers can only be erased with a damp cloth while dry erase markers can be erased with a dry cloth.
As I put each item back into my freezer, I wrote down what the item was on my inventory sheet until everything was processed and put back inside. Afterwards, I taped the sheet onto the top of my freezer for easy access. When items get taken out, I just use a baby wipe and get rid of that item – and when items get added to the freezer, they get inventoried on my little sheet.
Now, I know exactly what is located inside my freezer – and there will be no more forgotten food.
i am so stealing this idea ive got 2 deep freezers even tho one is mainly for breat milk it does catch other stuff and im tired of all the time having to pull everything out jut to see what we have
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A quick tip. Add more boxes, we just used an excel spreadsheet. When you add an item to the freezer, just mark a diagonal line. When you take an item out, just mark another diagonal line making an x in that box. It is a quick way to be able to add and delete without having to recreate your sheet routinely.
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We use the iPhone / iPad app called iFroze. We wrote the app because paper tracking didn’t work. Our freezer is always full to the rim, so we need to know what is down there.
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