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Most people end up not realizing what's in their freezer and the food ruins with freezer burn. An easy way to know what you have on hand at all times is to keep an inventory of what you have.

I used a simple spiral notebook that I hung on the wall next to the freezer. In it, I wrote down how many packages I had of hamburger, chicken, etc. Every time I added or took away from the freezer, I adjusted the amount. Using a pencil makes this very eacy.

I also made my life easier by putting chicken and fish on one shelf, beef on another, and pork and venison on another. Some people use colored labels to show the difference in the meats.

It doesn't really matter how you do it, just as long as you keep a record of what goes in and what comes out. This will save you tons of money each year.
 

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Yes, I have found this very helpful, too. I also try to stack all similar food together, like all the chicken on one shelf.

Another thing, clear labeling with dates! I buy family packs and split them up into portions, repackage and label. I'm much more likely to grab a bag with 2 chicken breasts or pork chops and cook it, rather than deal with defrosting and separating 6-10 pieces.
 
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I could do better with this.
I have a turkey breast and a london broil in my freezer which I am pretty sure have been in there for almost a year and should probably be tossed. That's money right down the drain.
 

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I don't purchase any meat however I know that there are items (vegetables+fruits) at the bottom of my freezer which have been there for a long time. I need to inventory it and then start keeping a record.
 

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I find in my chest freezer that food keeps a REALLY long time. I almost never get freezer burn in it unless the packaging gets ripped.

I am not good about inventories. Part of the challenge is the sheer volume of frozen food I have (huge chest freezer and huge upright freezer). But this is something I would like to get on top of better. :)
 

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Amy-dont toss it beef last a year and turkey will prob. be ok too. If not do you still have a dog?

Like I said before I have a shelf for ea.meat and the cube gets the bigger meats. I do keep a loose notes system. I need to get in the freezer above the fridge. It gets ignored.
 
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