I label and date the stuff, I just don't keep an 'outside list'...so if something 'somehow' gets to the bottom --well......could go to the 'big freezer burn heaven in the sky' before I get to it - know it is there. Seldom happens ---but has......
I admire anyone that organized. I would follow through with that for about 3 days. However, I don't usually have leftovers to put in the freezer - it's usually all "first run" stuff. I also have a smallish upright, so things don't get as lost as they did when I had a chest freezer.
I'm going to try a monthly inventory of stockpile and freezer. I haven't even advanced that far on the organizational ladder yet. Let us know how it's working. My hat's off to you!
I try to stay organized the best I can. We now have 2 upright freezers and both are running. One I keep mainly meat in and the other is for veggies and fruits. It's the freezer in my frig that I have to worry about. Stuff gets moved to the back of it. Every so often, I say okay, time to use what's in it, and not to take something out of the big freezer for a meal. It's that time again.
Great tip! I put like-kinds of things together in small plastic baskets to help me control the foods in the freezer. It's a lot easier to remove one basket (such as the basket that contains fruits/vegetables) and flip through the contents like a file (most are vacuum-sealed in FoodSaver bags) for me than to keep an inventory.
I absolutely don't know how people with multiple freezers ever know what and where they have things (LOL).
How doyou label your containers if you use containers? I have a problem with them falling off or ending up on the one underneath. I tried freezer tape and that didn't work. Ihate to use aa permanent marker. The regular marker comes off.
i use freezer tape and it doesn't come off...hum......now it won't stick if the container is already cold. on freezer bags, I just use perm marker and draw lines through it when I use the bag again. hope that helps.
I use my Kitchen freezer for leftovers and immediate items, within the week. I use the garage freezer for storage purposes, anything that I wont be using that week. So when I freeze leftovers, they stay in the Kitchen Freezer because I don't want them lost in the garage freezer.
They don't get lost.......I just forget....... So as soon as a leftover or extra meal gets to the freezer, I put it on my menu calendar........ I've got a good handle on it, and it sure is nice to look at that calendar and know dinner is ready.
I use painter's tape and a permanent marker to label things.
I have two freezers and two fridges.
The upright is:
top shelf - work lunches for DH, smooshed bananas (premeasured for muffins), and this is also my "misc" shelf
second shelf - containers of leftovers
third shelf - berries/fruit, french fries, perogies, shredded cheese
fourth shelf - meat
bottom shelf is a drawer for frozen veggies
The chest freezer:
hamburger (cause we have like 17 packages)
overflow like extra berries
The fridge is for large containers, extra milk, extra eggs, etc.
The garage fridge freezer is our bread freezer. I buy bread, bagels, and the like from the bread store and it all goes in there.
Fridge in the house:
The fridge is for small containers of open things.
The freezer is for small amounts of flour, sugar, and the like.
Eventually, I want to get the fridge freezer in the house all cleaned out. The goal is to make a trip out to the garage once a week and haul in all the items planned for meals for that week and put those in the fridge freezer. In that same trip, I would gather the pantry items needed and they would go in the cabinet that food goes in in the house. But, I just haven't gotten that organized yet.
I also write stuff on the calendar also. I use Outlook for everything. I have meals planned out through the middle of April. When I toss something in the freezer, I go to the end of my menu and add it on.
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