Freezer Inventory

I’m a list person. Always have been. When my husband and I purchased a chest freezer in the Spring of 2015, I was concerned about how we would keep track of what we had stored in there. Having one of the stand-up style freezers growing up, which was difficult enough to keep organized, I was unsure of how we wouldn’t lose food items in a 10 cubic foot chest. Here is how I set up a freezer inventory:

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In my quick video and subsequent blog post, March 2015 Meat Haul, we purchased 129 pounds of meat product. That’s a lot of meat to keep track of. We made a list of how we broke things down, i.e. 5 bags of 5 drumsticks each. After the breakdown, clean up, and sterilization of the kitchen, I typed up the list.

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The intention was to highlight the item when it was removed from the freezer. And as long as we remembered to do that, it was a great system. You’ll notice some stuff isn’t highlighted. Two reasons: either we forgot to highlight or it’s still in the freezer somewhere. I also left additional space at the bottom of the list so we could add additional items.

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Occasionally, when the freezer starts to get frosted over on the inside, we’ll do a quick scrape and clean out of all the built up frost. It’s when we’re putting items back into the freezer, I go through the list and make notes so I can update it. As you can see from the pictures, we’re due for another update soon.

This may seem like a really OCD, over the top, and complicated thing to do, but it has helped without meal planning and grocery budgeting.

Stay tuned for the follow up post on my pantry inventory. Yes, I am that nuts.

© Cori Large 19 Oct 2016

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7 Responses to Freezer Inventory

  1. Dana says:

    I have lists everywhere! And knowing what you have certainly makes it easier to use food wisely. I feel strongly about it too because I hate to waste food.

  2. Jen says:

    Reading your blog, maybe I do need a list. Kitchen’s cluttered although it seems to be additional work but I guess it help big time with keeping track of things.

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  4. candy says:

    Here I was thinking I was the only person crazy enough to do this. Actually as I mark stuff off from taking it out of the freezer I always know what I need and have.

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