“How long has that been in there?”

You know you’ve asked yourself that same question when you’ve opened your freezer.  We only have an apartment sized freezer, plus the one on top of our fridge, but I still manage to lose track of what I’ve put in there.  Six months or more later, I pull out badly freezer burned _______________ (insert food item here).  With my foray into big cooks (check out previous post here), I wanted to make sure that I kept track of what was in my freezer so I could be a good steward of the resources God has given me.

To keep track, I created a printable for a Freezer Inventory. Freezer Inventory (feel free to print off the Word document and customize for your own purposes)  I then took the page to Staples and had it hard laminated (hard laminated uses the 10 mil thickness, rather than the 3 or 5 mil thickness.  It doesn’t really bend, unlike the other two)

I went through my freezers and wrote down with a wet erase marker what is in them.

My plan is to write what I put into the freezer after each shopping trip and to erase what I use after each meal.  Hopefully this means that I don’t run out of bread or leave meals that I’ve made only to go bad.  That’s the idea, but we’ll see how it goes!  The final tally:

I have way more meat than I had thought tucked back in those freezers! I also realized that I need to buy a smaller tipped marker if I want to be able to read what I write.  Oh well, lesson learned.

I also took two of my meal plan templates to be laminated.  Laminating two allows me to rotate them so I can plan two weeks at a time, without having to waste paper and ink printing one each week.

I printed the templates from theprojectgirl.com.  Click here for free printable.

I’ll keep you updated on how the tracking goes.  Thanks for dropping in!

 

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