Use this freezer inventory printable to keep track of what’s in the freezer. Save money by stocking up on meat and produce without any waste.
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Having a big chest freezer is really handy. You can stock up on meat and other foods you can freeze when they’re on sale. It’s easy for it to get messy, though. Pretty soon, you have no idea what’s in there. This freezer inventory printable is the perfect solution.
Advantages of a chest freezer
My in-laws bought us a chest freezer for Christmas one year. It’s been a lifesaver and probably saved us thousands of dollars on groceries over the past five years.
I have been able to stock up on chicken breasts and ground beef at the grocery store when it’s marked down on manager’s special. We also have relatives who are ranchers and we have taken advantage of opportunities to get a lot of meat from them that we probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I can stock up on other foods we eat often, like frozen corn so that I don’t run out.
All of these things have added up to big savings on my grocery budget. I know I can stock up when things are on sale and then can be even thriftier between those times. This is one of the biggest things I do to keep my grocery budget low.
What isn’t helpful is when I think we have chicken, but there’s none when I go to get some out of the freezer. Or I buy fresh bell peppers on sale to chop and freeze, then find a bag already in there.
Freezer inventory organizing
I love organizing, but somehow this is an area that I’ve never tackled until now. The chest freezer is out in the garage, so it’s really inconvenient to go out and check for things while making my weekly grocery shopping list. I spend my time running back and forth when I could just pull up a list, so I made one.
My chest freezer is used for meat and larger packages. The smaller freezer attached to my refrigerator holds everything else – frozen vegetables, fruit, ice cream, pizza, etc.
I made this freezer inventory printable and listed everything I have out in the chest freezer. I put it on the refrigerator in my kitchen so that I know exactly what I have. As a bonus, I also can see the dates and plan to use the older meats first.
Freezer organizing tips
Organize meat by type
Keep beef, chicken, pork, game, etc. with items of the same kind. This will help you know at a glance what you have the most of and what needs restocking.
Keep meat and produce separated.
Create a section for each type of food. This will help you know what you have lots of and what to keep an eye out for stocking up. This freezer organizing guide has more tips on creating space.
Wrap foods thoroughly
Use several layers of plastic wrap and/or zip bags to store foods long-term. This will help to avoid freezer burn; sometimes the store packaging is enough, but often it isn’t.
Write on every package to label everything with what it is and when it was purchased. These labels are cute.
First in first out
Even frozen foods lose their quality and flavor. Use the older foods first so that nothing gets thrown out because it expired. Here’s how long everything lasts. Stocking up when something is on sale is great, but only if you’ll use it.
Make a list
Keep a freezer inventory to track everything. I keep mine in the meal planning section of my household binder so I can see it at a glance.
Freezer inventory printable
The freezer inventory printable fits on regular 8.5×11-inch paper, but can be resized to print smaller if desired. This version has been updated to match the rest of my printable planner inserts.
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