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Adventures of Alice in Freezerland

January 26th, 2007 at 09:59 am

Using the freezer for something other than storage--food or otherwise--is new to me. My mom had freezer skills. She had a freezer and the fridge freezer full of frozen things from the garden and full of meat from the meat lockers. And she had it organized in order to find what she needed and use things up. After marriage, Hubby and I moved every three months because he was in a co-op program. I didn't keep much food around and we ate on a shoestring. No need to learn to use a freezer. I bought a chest freezer a number of years ago, but never figured out my method of utilization. Well, I had a method--things went in and rarely came out until a power outage.

Recently, I have been adding things in and then finding myself rummaging around to find what's in there to actually use. I have been taking the time to add in leftovers, baked goods, and break down larger packages of meat on sale into separate packages to freeze. Now, I have figured out the need to make some improvements. I don't want to have a lot of things in there during hurricane season. The things to NOT have in a freezer during the power outages are ice cream, meat, seafood, frozen orange juice, etc. Plus, I use the chest freezer to store things we can't take with us. Since the season starts in June, I need a plan of action. I want to use things up before then. I need to know exactly what is in there and set up a plan of usage. I need some recordkeeping. Wonder if I can do that on excel? Also, I desperately need a way of labeling plastic containers as to what the mystery stuff is that is in there. I can pretty much guess, but some things look so much alike. How do people label these things so that they can be reused? Growing up, the vegetables were recognizable and the meats were wrapped in paper. I think they were labeled by writing on them. I don't know how to label what I use these days. Especially since I reuse things. I guess I need to figure that out so I can label as I record. That is....if I can figure out just what is in those things.....

2 Responses to “Adventures of Alice in Freezerland”

  1. Frayed Buckeye Card Says:

    The thrifty way I know is to pencil write on masking tape. The pencil doesn't smear. Oh, and date the container.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    I use masking tape, too, but write on it with a Sharpee pen. They don't smear. Tupperware also makes labels you can order in a roll that have a date line and a what is it line, that peel off pretty easily. Or at least they used to. I haven't tried to buy any in a long while.

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