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Freezer Labels

I love my freezer.  It is the storage centre for much of our garden produce.  It is the holding place for homemade chicken stock and a wide variety of soups and sauces which I like to make in bulk.  It is the place that my green tomato mincemeat and peach jam call home. 

It can also be a bit of a puzzle.

And I love puzzles, but when it comes to trying to decide by smell and frozen texture which jar is tomato sauce and which jar is tomato soup,  it is not one of my favourites.  (especially when I guess wrong….)

This could be solved, of course, if I labelled the jars before I stored them in the freezer.  But the labels I have around the house seem to stick, and not come off, even after repeated washings (which only adds to the puzzle when a jar that is definitely not chicken stock has a label on it which reads “chicken stock, 2 cups).   

I am sure someone makes beautiful freezer labels that are easily removed during washing, but I never think to look for them until it is too late, and the jars are sitting on the counter ready to go into the freezer. 

I know what you’re thinking – stop writing this blog post right now and go and get yourself some labels!  Which I may still do, but hubby has devised the perfect solution in the meantime:

Yep.  That’s a scrap piece of paper and an elastic, and it has changed my world.  Smart man, my hubby!  🙂

Does anyone else have this label problem?  How do you organize your freezer?

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    March 5, 2011 at 12:43 am

    well i have always afraid to put jars in the freezer which is weird because my sister always puts her homemade jam in the freezer… I guess I just never thought of doing it! BUT when I only had a freezer at the top of my fridge I did the whole skinny row of books of ziploc bags… then I could just write on the bag as many times as i had to….

    If there isn’t a reusable/easily removable tag system on the market there should be! Let me know what you find 😉


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      March 5, 2011 at 11:25 am

      I am always using glass jars because they aren’t recyclable here and I can’t bear to throw them out. You do have to be careful to leave enough space at the top or they will break. I’ll let you know if I discover anything!

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    March 5, 2011 at 4:14 am

    I have the EXACT same problem!!! I will so be using this idea!

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    Holly U
    March 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Actually, I just write on the jars with a sharpie. Works best if you write on a room temperature jar, not one that’s too hot or cold from its contents. The only trick is cleaning off (or always remembering to cross off) the previous marking so you don’t mistake chicken stock for applesauce….

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      March 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Holly!

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    March 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Good morning, Andrea! I actually do not cook anything that I put in the freezer, but I like your husband’s idea of the paper and the elastic! I agree that some company must have created freezer labels for jars by now – check specialty cooking stores.

    I was surprised to hear that you cannot recycle glass jars. I wish that communities everywhere would recycle everything possible. It’s eco-friendly of you to be reusing your glass jars. I wish that more people become more environmentally-conscious.

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