So how do you Inventory your freezer/pantry areas? I have the worst memory in the world (I wish it were all pregnancy related, alas, it is not) so I decided that I needed to inventory all the freezers and pantry areas in the house so I could better use what we have and plan for what we need, as well as make for easier menu planning (looking at the list vs. digging around.) In the perfect world I will always be updating these lists - taking away (crossing out) and adding the things I put in on the list as well. Kind of a perpetual thing. Maybe the deep freeze list will get retyped once/twice a year (after adding lots - like the beef or the fruits.) I made lists for:
the big deep freeze,
the extra freezer from the 'outside' fridge,
the freezer from the house fridge,
the inside and
'outside' pantries.The inside pantry list is a bit more difficult to maintain, there is always stuff going in/out of there... Actually that one isn't typed yet, just scribbled in the notebook I wrote it down in. Hard to say what to include on that list. Do I put everything on it or only the unopened stuff? But then how will I remember that I do have sesame oil or red wine vinegar for certain recipes?
Anyway, it is a work in process. I did put a pen attached with a ribbon next to all the lists so it is easier to remember to cross off/add to the lists.
Any other ideas? How do you keep yourself organized in the food department??