After spending time and money to stock your freezer full of fantastic meals for your family, the last thing you want to do is lose out on foods that have been in the freezer too long. Most meals last from 6 months up to a year as long as they are properly wrapped. But, with some planning, you won't ever forget another casserole in the back of the freezer. Keeping your freezer organized is key to making the most of your time and money.
In order to store all our extra goodies from my freezer cooking adventures, a few years ago we purchased an upright freezer to keep in the basement. This extra space has come in handy, especially to take advantage of great sales and deals. However, always running downstairs to see what we have for dinner can get old.
Each month after our exchange, I clean out the freezer and add new meals to the Inventory list. In the second column, I write the date (month/year) the meal was made. This inventory is placed on my freezer upstair so that there are no more wasted trips down the steps to see what's in the freezer. When planning a dinner, I try to use some of the older items first. When an item is used, I simply cross it out. I also list convenience items purchased from the store. This way everything in the freezer is listed and planning our dinner is a breeze.
To print your own Freezer Inventory, click the link below the picture.