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Clip-Art Freezer Labels

Martha Stewart Living, September 2004

Unlabeled plastic bags and their mysterious contents are bound to get the cold shoulder in the freezer. With our convenient, easy-to-read labels, you'll never wonder which batch of stock to use first or if those frozen peaches are still in their prime. Fill out these tags, and stick them on everything you freeze -- fresh produce or prepackaged foods.

Label How-To

Download and print labels on adhesive-backed paper (available at office-supply stores). Cut out, and keep a stack handy in the kitchen. Write the contents of the container on a label, and circle the date.

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Comments (70)

  • jack_sandyg 24 May, 2013

    For anyone needing Dates for keeping Stuff refrigerated or frozen: Stilltasty is a site I find tells you how long to keep things and when to toss!

  • jozee 8 Oct, 2011

    I bought these reusable labels either at Walmarts or Container store. It comes in different sizes in the pkg. and has a fine line sharpie with an eraser on the other end... You can erase contents on label after using, and rewrite whatever again....I find these great to use, and weren't that expensive!!

  • WendiP 5 Aug, 2011

    I have been writing the date of prepared/cooked/leftover food for years with Sharpie on the container or masking tape. Even Sharpie washes off with a rough scrubber or Bon Ami or other cleanser. It is much faster and environmental.

  • middlekid 5 Aug, 2011

    I write all the information on a strip of masking tape. No need to buy labels.

  • wrightdm 16 Aug, 2010

    These are also great for keeping up with left-overs. I placed the entire list in a sheet protector and hung on the side of the refrigerator with a magnet. Then I used a dry-erase marker to list the items we placed in the refrigerator along with the date. Saves us on a lot of guessing.

  • Atu 9 Aug, 2010

    This is great! I love them, already saved them to print on adhesive paper as soon as I buy it! I just have a question or a comment, it would be great to have an idea of how much time I can freeze food, for example, meat for 6 months, chicken for 4 months. This would be great! If you know of something like this, tell me please!

  • judyno 9 Aug, 2010

    You must have read my mind! I was going to look for some way to label my bags so I don't have so many unused "mystery" items in my freezer. Thanks!

  • grannyj3 8 Aug, 2010

    The "sharpie" idea may have one drawback. As a nurse, working with bags of intravenous fluids, we were told to avoid writing directly on the bag as the ink could leach through the plastic bag and into the fluid. So, non-toxic pens?

  • rtreta 8 Aug, 2010

    What a great idea.....This is also great for medicine bottles...

    RR

  • s_atoms 8 Aug, 2010

    Classy to have money to during a time when it is difficult to come by and harder to keep. Thanks for the insight, but I will spend the extra few pennies and buy a colored SHARPE for style, flare, and panache.

  • chipper1969 8 Aug, 2010

    sharpies are CHEAP. if you can't afford Martha's stylish and classy ideas then don't subscribe.

  • teahmeah 8 Aug, 2010

    yea a sharpie is cheaper - but the labels are so cool...

  • doxy 8 Aug, 2010

    A Sharpie works just as well, and is a whole lot cheaper.

  • lilibelle 16 Jan, 2010

    Thanks! any $savings is appreciated!

  • asaylor 25 Jul, 2009

    You don't need the label size, you print it on adhesive backed paper, then cut the labels out.

  • hellebore 25 Jul, 2009

    It would be helpful if you informed us as to the Avery size label that would be used.

  • Mfosterjeweler 28 Jan, 2009

    These work great for me. I'm a single Dad with a son. So what I do is cook on Sunday and label meals by type and day- Monday Lunch- Tuesday Dinner, etc. That way all he has to do is open the Freezer and heat it up- really easy.

  • Lynntn 13 Dec, 2008

    These are great, but need to be enlarged for us older folk

  • Justmekathie 1 Nov, 2008

    What is the size label that you would use for this project?

  • Justmekathie 1 Nov, 2008

    What is the size label that you would use for this project?

  • nemommy 16 Oct, 2008

    I really like these labels. I just bought ingredients to make tons of soups and chili's to freeze and these labels will be perfect. As we are trying to save money, I agree with susansmeke that the old fashion way with pen on the bag would be cheaper BUT I think these labels will "pop" more in the freezer so I can spot what I want faster without a lot of digging. Great idea. I just need to head to staples for the label paper.

  • sclarida 3 Sep, 2008

    I printed up about 200 of these to keep in a magnet-backed container. I stuck it on the side of my fridge, full of these adorable labels along with a handy pen to quickly label and store away. I even made my foodie niece the same "kit" and she loves it! Nice idea to tuck into a wedding shower gift for those girls who have everything!

  • susansmeke 17 Aug, 2008

    I like it simple and inexpensive! My meathod is just that. No expensive paper, no time consuming cutting, no lost labels on the freezer floor, no smeared ink jet, no extra tape or baggies to mess with. Use freezer tape to write on. Just one snip and it's ready to stick to plastic bags, tupperware, glass, metal. It's cheap

  • susansmeke 17 Aug, 2008

    I like it simple

  • Shivi 3 Aug, 2008

    you could just pop these through one of those scrapbooking sticker makers, if you have one.

  • momchee1 23 Jul, 2008

    so nice to have and thank you for making them avaible.

  • Piggye 23 Jul, 2008

    Great idea!. I am using mine with my label maker. You only print labels as you need then, so you use less paper, they are already adhesive backed and it never needs ink. Unfortunately, the labels are black and white.

  • toookems 22 Jul, 2008

    You can put the paper label in a sandwich bag and close it up or put it in plastic wrap.

  • dotpc 22 Jul, 2008

    Thank you for reminding me to do this. I sometimes remember. Does anyone have an idea about how to put the labels inside, mine seem to come off in the freezer with all the moving around I do to find things.

  • grannygurkins 22 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea and if you don't have the adhesive-backed paper you can fill out the label and stick it in place on the package with wide scotch tape that covers the entire label and stickes to your package. Water proof and no smearing.

  • grannygurkins 22 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea and if you don't have the adhesive-backed paper you can fill out the label and stick it in place on the package with wide scotch tape that covers the entire label and stickes to your package. Water proof and no smearing.

  • Encee 22 Jul, 2008

    Thank you so much! I don't like the packaged labels I have found - they're usually too small to write on. This is great.

  • BlakeP 22 Jul, 2008

    This is such a great idea. Sometimes when I dont no what it is I just leave it in the freezer and eventually it rots. I love these! They come in handy at work too. Like when you dont no whose is whose you can just stick it on the side and dont have to worry about people eating it!!!

  • DebraBlachford 22 Jul, 2008

    THIS WAS A GREAT IDEA, AND VERY HELPFULL

  • SMACZNE_JULIE_PAIS-TARSILIA 22 Jul, 2008

    I FEEL CERTAIN EVERYONE WOULD LOVE A LIST OF HOW LONG FRESH FRUIT, VEGGIES, MEAT, FISH, HAMBURGER ETC SHOULD BE OK TO KEEP IN FREEZER SIMILAR TO THE (SELL BY DATE) OR (THROW OUT IF NOT COOKED DATES FOR THESE ITEMS.) DOES ANYONE HAVE A LIST TO POST? i USE THE FREEZER
    BAGS BUT WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE STANDARD FOR SAFETY AND TASTE.
    THANKS FOR A GOOD TEMPLATE DATE SYSTEM. JP II

  • Lynnie410 21 Jul, 2008

    This is a great idea! What size labels should I use?

  • schiquette 21 Jul, 2008

    Thanks for bringing this back! I had the template on my "former" computer and lost it in the transisition. I *LOVE* it and have saved it once more - can you wear out a PDF file? :-)

  • sunrayemomi 21 Jul, 2008

    Sharpies are great of course, but are quite toxic. Make sure you're at least printing onto a piece of masking tape first and THEN putting the tape on the freezer bag. This way you are certain that the ink isn't leaching through the bag onto your food. While we're at it though, plastic bags are toxic in their own right but I digress ;)

  • MrsDucky 21 Jul, 2008

    This idea would be useful on other stuff like mixes (i.e. homemade biscuit mix, etc.) too! Other ideas might be for due dates on projects, etc. Great concept!

  • dorrainelmt 21 Jul, 2008

    I have been doing this for years...use a sharpie

  • cbenevento 21 Jul, 2008

    Where do you get the freezer pen?

  • geeyouknit 21 Jul, 2008

    While the Sharpie is definitely the simplest method, I still really like these labels. They're cute and functional and, hey, I've got some adhesive paper laying around. They're worth a try!

  • belovedofgd 21 Jul, 2008

    I use the freezer pen also. They even have bags with little boxes to use to mark now!

  • animalloverjan 21 Jul, 2008

    What a fantastic, time saving idea! You are the greatest! Looking forward to many more super ideas.

  • hugmehugs 21 Jul, 2008

    Sorry, I have to go with the Sharpie too.
    It does the job and almost everyone has one.
    Why not use what you've got?

  • Sharonbull 21 Jul, 2008

    WONDERFUL IDEA!!! I miss it when it was on May 17th. Thanks for sending it out again.

  • chriswalny 21 Jul, 2008

    Great timing - I just started making and freezing baby food!

  • nycvic1 21 Jul, 2008

    If this was May 17th TIP, I missed it and am very thankful for including as today's TIP. This is most helpful and a welcomed TIP, whether repeated or not, that can be utilized over and over. Thank you, again.

  • jnorth 21 Jul, 2008

    These are fabulous for breast milk storage...I stick them on the outside of the fillable plastic storage containers and stick this on...I also use for my large container of chicken/veg stock that I keep in the fridge...I have two young children and labels are my saving grace!

  • heavenstears 21 Jul, 2008

    I use a marker designed for the freezer ( available at the grocery store) and just mark on the freezer bag the contents and date stored.......no label to lose !

  • slrybarra 21 Jul, 2008

    Inkjet printers are tough....but often times I need to double bag to keep out freezer burn. I put the label on the outside of the inner bag, then the label shows through and doesn't get wet or brittle from the freezer.

  • earthmom9 21 Jul, 2008

    It's a great idea -- but how about designing them to fit on a standard Avery template -- 2"x4", (#5163) so they can be peeled off as necessary. and NOT cut!!

  • howdydog1 21 Jul, 2008

    How do you keep the inkjet ink from running when it gets damp?
    If that isn't a problem, test your label stock to make sure it sticks below zero. I have often scraped labels off the floor infront of my freezer. They've detached from the cold packages, yet stick relly tight to the floor.
    Howdy

  • scrapbookdi 21 Jul, 2008

    These would be nice on items given as gifts. Personally I also use the Sharpie method especially with all the cool colors they come in. When freezing in a reusable container I put the date/contents on a piece of paper and sandwich it in between two pieces of tape but I leave a little of the adhesive on the top piece exposed to stick onto the container.

  • sbirdsell 21 Jul, 2008

    I love this idea, especially this time of year where I am trying to freeze so much of the extra produce from the garden. Why not have the inside of the freezer look classy too!

  • NewGloucester 21 Jul, 2008

    I personally use the Sharpie method but this would make a nice addition to a kitchen basket for that bride, new neighbor or friend's house warming.

  • whampton49 12 Jun, 2008

    I will be printing these out for my brother who needs help keeping track of things in his refrigerator. A marker doesn't seem to get his attention, but I think these stickers will. Thanks for the great idea!

  • trekkiemom 8 Jun, 2008

    I have been using grease pencils for years, otherwse known as china markers. But lately, I've also been writing on post-its for convienence, they're the right size, easy to use. You can rubber band them on, as well, and they don't lose their stickem' in the fridge.

  • chloetuxie 7 Jun, 2008

    I also use a Sharpie. I keep one sitting on top of my fridge at all times.

    This is a good idea but it was on the Organizing Tip of the Day on May 17 also.

  • NewGloucester 7 Jun, 2008

    I too use a sharpie marker Tulipan........it's the old New England thrift coming out. Do it easy but do it smart.

  • Audifox 22 May, 2008

    These are great. I have some smaller ones and sometimes they are too small. I just printed them out and tape them on the bag. It is so much easier to know what is in the bag!

  • ChemGoddess 17 May, 2008

    I think the labels are a great idea but I was struck by how much empty white space was contained around the printed template. You could easily get another row in by tightening up the header and the footer.

    For the naysayers on the sticker paper. Its a great thing to have around for kids crafts too. We like to print out multiple photos on one page, cut them out and stick them on colored paper made to fit inside our photo coffee tumblers.

  • TULIPAN 17 May, 2008

    I write on the plastic bag with a "Sharpie" or any other permanent ink marker. Its cheaperand easier than the labels

  • bchlover 13 Mar, 2008

    I too had a hard time finding adhesive backed paper and probably would not have wanted to pay the price. My solution was to print the freezer labels on regular paper and I use a very inexpensive packing tape from Duck available for about $1.29 a roll to place on item to be frozen. Sticks very well to freezer paper and plastic freeser containers. Works great!!!! And the best part, it is much cheaper :)

  • bchlover 13 Mar, 2008

    I too had a hard time finding adhesive backed paper and probably would not have wanted to pay the price. My solution was to print the freezer labels on regular paper and I use a very inexpensive packing tape from Duck available for about $1.29 a roll to place on item to be frozen. Sticks very well to freezer paper and plastic freeser containers. Works great!!!! And the best part, it is much cheaper :)

  • janetforbes 10 Mar, 2008

    Not sure that this would work very well with an ink jet printer.

  • media604 5 Mar, 2008

    Love the labels but haven't found adhesive backed paper yet. Is it possible to setup a printing option for these on a standard Avery label?

  • susanegertz 29 Feb, 2008

    I love MrsSpencer's idea!

  • concretebunny 21 Feb, 2008

    I really appreciate this! A simple, clear solution.
    These would also be great on canned produce. Store bought canned goods have production dates, but canning jars don't.

  • MrsSpencer 28 Dec, 2007

    Rather then print them out on adhesive-backed paper I suggest you simple slip the tag inside its own plastic sleeve and put it into the bag. Perhaps a sandwich bag or an additional ziplock bag.