Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Food Storage Tip - Date Labeling

One of the hardest things to manage with any food storage program is the proper rotation of your food items. Manufacturers of various food items don’t make this chore any easier for you. They place the date codes in small letters and in out of the way places on their products which can make finding the expiration date rather difficult. Mrs. RW has a great little tip that should make things easier for you.

Bags, boxes and canned goods can be easily marked with the expiration date or best by date by simply using a large permanent marker. She places the date codes directly on containers in letters and numbers that are easily read and won’t require you to use a magnifying glass. She simply assembles the food items on the kitchen table and marks them accordingly before rotating the new food items into current inventory. This reduces the chances of a food item going bad before you use it because the dates are much easier to read at a glance.

The permanent markers are a lot cheaper than using conventional labels and you don’t have to worry about your labels falling off your food storage items.

Got permanent marker?

Staying above the water line!



PrepperMom said...

That is an excellent one. I have also seen people that use color coded stickers to mark expiration dates as well.

riverwalker said...

To: PrepperMom

Color coded stickers will work but in the case of canned goods...the food will last longer than the sticky stuff on the labels.

Thanks PrepperMom!


Anonymous said...

Good idea - I definitely know the frustration of labels being lost or illegible due to moisture on package. I should have thought of this solution - THANKS for suggesting it.

HermitJim said...

I usually use a magic marker to date the cans when I buy them...just before putting them in the pantry!

Good for me because sometimes I forget just how long I've certain items!

Good point, my friend...

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:03

Wet labels don't last long for sure!


riverwalker said...

To: HermitJim

Somehow, I figured you would be using those magic markers already!

Thanks Jim.


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