Freezer Meal prep is addicting and even more so when you have the proper tools like Editable Freezer Labels to make it easier. We all have done the masking tape trick or put a sticky note on a bag and hoped that the condensation didn’t smear the pen ink…yet it does every single time.
So, we have solved all the problems going forward!
First, freezer labels are great, but let’s make them editable so you can print them off with your computer. There is no need to write the same ingredients and instructions over and over again when you make a large batch. Type up the necessary instructions and save them to your computer to use over and over again. This is a huge time saver.
Second, use the Moisture Proof Labels from Amazon. LIFESAVER! No more smears and you can actually read what you have in the bag!
📌 What are these?
When I freeze my leftovers, I write the name of the recipe on a piece of masking tape and stick it to my freezer containers. That worked great as the tape easily peeled off after I reheated the food. Unfortunately, it was too difficult to write out all of the necessary information for a freezer meal. I needed to include items like the reheating instructions, and any ingredients that needed to be prepped during the day of cooking. That just wouldn’t fit on a piece of masking tape. (I tried!)
So, I designed this label to make it easy to get all the information in one place. It will definitely save you the stress of trying to remember exactly what you made a few weeks later. Use the Freezer Tips and Storage Printable to guide you to how long each item will stay fresh in the freezer and add that onto your label as well. Trust me! 🙂
‼️ Why Use These
I love making freezer meals. Life gets busy, and I like to prepare several meals at once when I have time in order to accommodate those days when life gets away from you. If you have never made freezer meals, check out Meal Prep 101 that has helped me save an insane amount of time in prepping my family’s meals.
Heck, if I am going to spend a few minutes chopping vegetables, I find it a lot easier to spend a few more minutes and chop enough for freezing for a few more meals. Freezer Meal Prep:
- saves time
- saves money
- prepares meals for the future
🥄 Problems with My Freezer Meal Approach
One of the problems I faced during my first few rounds of freezer meal cooking was remembering exactly what was in a freezer bag and how to prepare it. My husband called it my mystery meat cooking. I would spend the time preparing the food and freezing it, but forget to label it. Of course I would remember what was in that bag, right? Oops.
I designed a label that fits Avery Style 22827 so I can print a sheet and stick it on the gallon ziplock freezer bags so there will be no more guessing what we are having for dinner.
Not only does the label have space to write out the ingredients, it has a section for how to cook or reheat it. And to make my husband happy, I added the date…no more “I think I froze that last month (or year)” recipes.
I usually use a permanent sharpie to write out the information on the label, but I made this as an editable PDF in case you wanted to type it in and print. That makes it a lot easier when you are making several bags of recipes at once.
If you want to use the editable version, simply download the link. Open up the link into PREVIEW and you can click and start typing in each field. I have tested this on two computers and two separate people to make sure it works and there are no hiccups for you!
If you are interested in receiving the labels, enter your name and email to have it emailed straight to you. Easy peasy.
📎 Use Moisture Proof Labels From Avery
I started using the regular labels from Avery, but ran into problems with the moisture. When the label got wet, it would smear the ink and I couldn’t read the instructions. Even if it made it into the freezer fine, when I defrosted the bags, the condensation would cause problems.
When I switched to the moisture resistant labels, all of those issues went away.
🥘 Freezer Meal Ideas
Now that you have the free printable labels (and make sure you use them!) you’ll want some recipe ideas. Here are a few posts to get you started on freezer cooking.
Freezer Cooking 101 – this is a great starter for anyone ready to jump start into freezer meals! Once you look it over, the steps are very simple and you can see that you can start freezer meal prepping today!
Freezer Meals Pasta Lunch – this is one of my all time freezer meals/budget meals out there! So simple, tasty, quick and easy!
20 Freezer Breakfast Meals – We take freezer meals to every meal we can here! They just make life so much easier and save you so much stress!
Crockpot Freezer Meals – This combines a couple of loves for me! Freezer meals and a crockpot all rolled up into one. This is meant for beginners and advanced meal preppers! I always feel like we can all learn something along the way!