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    • katiepants
    • By katiepants 5th Oct 17, 10:49 AM
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    Labeling food in freezer?
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    • 5th Oct 17, 10:49 AM
    Labeling food in freezer? 5th Oct 17 at 10:49 AM
    How do other people identify frozen meals in their freezers?

    I love my slow cooker and like to freeze surplus portions ready for a quick and easy tea. However I've found once frozen, they look identical. Is it chilli? Bolognese? Casserole? BBQ chicken? I can never tell!

    I don't think marker pen will work on the plastic, and even if it did, I might not re-use that tub for the same meal.

    How does everyone else do it?

    Thanks in advance for any ideas.
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    • katiepants
    • By katiepants 5th Oct 17, 6:14 PM
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    I put a strip of selotape on and write on that with a marker pen..no scrubbing the selotape just peels off.
    Originally posted by luvchocolate
    Does the selotape stick ok when in the freezer?
    • C J
    • By C J 5th Oct 17, 8:26 PM
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    When you say sharpie do you mean like a whiteboard marker or is it a permanent marker?
    Originally posted by katiepants
    Permanent marker .... but it does scrub off in hot soapy water. Maybe not completely, but it fades enough that you can write over it (and it's legible) when you re-use the tub.
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    • TravellingAbuela
    • By TravellingAbuela 5th Oct 17, 10:12 PM
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    I got a big pack of labels on a roll from the Yorkshire Trading Outlet, classed as Typists Labels, and they are brilliant for sticking (and staying put!) on freezer tubs.
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    • luvchocolate
    • By luvchocolate 6th Oct 17, 8:56 AM
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    Does the selotape stick ok when in the freezer?
    Originally posted by katiepants
    Yes no problem at all the easiest and cheapest way!!
    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 6th Oct 17, 11:01 AM
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    I find that I can't re-use the plastic tubs that many times anyway as they seem to get really brittle in the freezer.
    Originally posted by Callie22
    I use Whitefurze ones, they've lasted for years. The lids come off easier if you run them under the hot tap first.
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    • jack_pott
    • By jack_pott 6th Oct 17, 11:06 AM
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    I cross things off as I use them, add in anything new that goes in and rewrite (and tidy the freezers) when it gets to look a mess.
    Originally posted by maman
    I used to keep a list on paper, but I got fed up of having to re-write it all when the paper got tatty. Nowadays I have an A4 sheet covered in plastic film, and write on it with a water-soluble OHP pen.
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    • Mabr
    • By Mabr 6th Oct 17, 11:18 AM
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    Same as others - I use a Sharpie and write on the plastic lids of the tubs. It stays on well in the freezer but washes off very easily with warm soapy water. Easy
    • maman
    • By maman 6th Oct 17, 11:49 AM
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    I used to keep a list on paper, but I got fed up of having to re-write it all when the paper got tatty. Nowadays I have an A4 sheet covered in plastic film, and write on it with a water-soluble OHP pen.
    Originally posted by jack_pott

    It's strange what amuses us! I actually enjoy rewriting mine. I use it as an opportunity to double check what's in the freezer and tidy it up and then I feel good knowing it's all shipshape. I need to get a life!
    • rach_k
    • By rach_k 6th Oct 17, 2:01 PM
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    Sharpie works fine for me and scrubs off fine but sometimes I use a chalk pen (when somebody has pinched the Sharpie) and that works well enough too. Chalk pens wipe off easily with a finger but it stays on long enough for its purpose as long as you're not messing around with the boxes too much.
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 6th Oct 17, 10:37 PM
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    Sharpie. A swipe of surgical spirit or nail pol remover gets it off. I don't do it every time. Cross out the old, add new. When there isn't any more space to write they get cleaned.
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    • Elliesmum
    • By Elliesmum 6th Oct 17, 10:55 PM
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    I write all meals on a post it then cut it up & put sellotape over it.
    Originally posted by macpep1
    Me too

    Works a treat x
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 7th Oct 17, 7:37 AM
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    I use adhesive stickers. Very rarely do they come off.
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 7th Oct 17, 8:46 AM
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    I use margarine tubs for freezing stews and soups. I don't label them because I don't care what's in it. It's food that I cooked, all I need to know.

    Ilona
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