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 organizing tips
- Sort meat by animal
- Keep meat and produce separate
- Wrap foods thoroughly to avoid freezer burn
- Label everything with what it is and when it was purchased
- Keep a freezer inventory
- Use the older foods first so that nothings gets thrown out
Freezer inventory printable
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.
I updated this post to include two different printables. One is the original basic version and the other has categories.
The freezer inventory printable fits on regular 8-1/2″ by 11″ paper.
This also matches the menu planning printable that I made for Busy Mom’s Helper.