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Mar 8, 2014 08:58 AM

Labeling plastic containers for freezer storage


What do you use to label plastic containers in your freezer, to keep track of what and especially when you froze the contents? I've had trouble with felt pens (Sharpies and similar) and with adhesive file labels. Suggestions?

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  1. Generally use a Sharpie but my mother always used (and uses) a grease pencil.

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      1. re: rjbh20

        Same here. I freeze so much stock and the tape stays on with no problem, and removes easily.

      2. re: Sushiqueen36

        I use a Sharpie and never have a problem scrubbing off the writing later.

      3. masking tape and a sharpie. Old fashion masking tape seems to come off the best but even if it doesn't another piece over old holds up well too. Its cheap too!

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        1. re: foodieX2

          Exactly what I do.

          And I can use a longer piece if I want to indicate something is vegan or gluten free so I know later

          1. re: autumm

            Me three. I find that after a trip through the dishwasher the writing is usually washed off enough that I can reuse the tape and write something else!

          2. re: foodieX2

            The cheaper the better for labeling. Don't go for any tape that's for painting/has a glossy, stucco-like surface.

          3. I freeze in glass most of the time. Use masking tape and sharpie.
            When I use zip locks for dry items, I have started to write on a piece if paper and stick it inside the package. I can write notes on the paper too. It lets me reuse the zip locks neatly :)

            1. Picked up 3/4 rolls of neon colored masking tape (about 1/2" wide) for next to nothing at a yard sale. Sharpie works well and tape peels off easily. That way don't end up with containers with previouscontents crossed out on actual container lids.

              1. Many thanks to all. I guess I wrongly assumed that if file labels wouldn't stick, then neither would masking tape.

                But I could never get a Sharpie or grease pencil to write or remain on our plastic containers. Mysteries never cease.