My passion for cooking has been passed down for generations. My grandmother would always greet me with a warm baked pie or vegetables picked from her garden. I especially enjoy making recipes from scratch with fresh ingredients, but I often have more leftovers than I can eat in a week. I learned the value of freezing extra food early on and I can’t tell you how great it is to come home after a long work day to a homemade meal.
I recently learned interesting freezing food tips from an article in The New York Times, “Freeze That Thought.” Here are highlights from the article that may you enjoy, too:
· Full freezers are more efficient than half-full ones.
· Tomato sauce is best frozen in zippered bags with the air squeezed out.
· If you don’t use all your herbs, put them in ice trays with water for quick flavoring.
The writer also suggested labeling foods in the freezer. It’s hard for me to remember what I put the freezer, let alone when I put in there. With this in mind, I created reusable freezer labels to help identify what sits in my frozen cube.
Making writeable freezer labels is a simple and cost effective way to organize a freezer and weekly meals. These washable, removable labels can be placed on plastic containers and freezer safe dishes without ruining their surfaces.
Make the labels with these easy steps:
1. Use this template
or create a personal design saved as a PDF.
2. Take your template to FedEx Office
to be printed on vinyl material. There are many options for sizes, shapes and colors. Choose over 20 vinyl colors with a wide range of ink colors. (Who says your freezer has to be dull white inside?!)
3. Choose the shape of the labels. The FedEx Office team member can trim the labels into circles, squares, ovals and many more. You can also select a quantity based on your budget.
4. At home, use a dry erase marker to write the food and date on the label. Next, place your pre-cut labels with sticky backing on your plastic containers or freezer safe dishes.
5. Wash the dishes as you normally would with the labels. If you want to remove the labels, use a hair dryer set at high heat and the label will easily come off with a cotton swab drenched in alcohol.
My freezer is now organized with these colorful, writable labels. Cheers to a great, homemade TV dinner!