Meal & Grocery Planning: tracking your freezer contents {and a free printable}

I have a love/hate relationship with my freezer. I love being able to freeze things like berries year-round, pre-cooked meals to bring out when I don't have the time or energy to cook, reducing the number of times I need to go to the shops because I have a stash of meat to last a month... the list goes on. But the one thing I hate is trying to keep track of what's actually in there.

Grocery Lists & Food Staples

When the food goes into the freezer, it's obvious at the time exactly what it is, but after a couple of weeks in there, everything begins to look the same a you can waste a lot of time trying to work out exactly what you have in stock. Then, unfortunately, things will eventually need to be thrown out because they've either been in the freezer for too long or you have no idea how long they've actually been in there.

The solution? A Freezer Inventory free printable. This form is all you need to keep track of not only what goes into your freezer but when it's due to be used.

Free printable Food Staples list

For each item you put into the freezer:

1. Record the item and, if necessary, the quantity on your Freezer Inventory sheet.

2. Calculate the expiry date using the handy Freezing Chart at the bottom of the page and then record this date as well.

3. Indicate the number of items frozen with a slash in the circles. As you then remove each item, cross the slash to indicate that it's not longer in the freezer.

The next time you need to find something in those icy depths, don't get frostbite rummaging around - just check your Freezer Inventory and you'll know exactly what to look for!

Next week: compiling your new arsenal of meal and grocery planning papers.

Happy meal planning!


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