I stumbled on a good deal at the grocery store today. Thick cut Angus beef ribeyes for $2.99/lb. One of my favorite things about my local grocer is that they have an in house butcher. Now I know they don't have whole sides of beef hanging in their cooler and they get meat in semi-cut packages - but I know they cut the ribeyes into steaks themselves. Mostly because you can see them doing it - and because they will custom cut it for you :)
Anyway.... I like to buy their meat. OK?
These were packages that were still good - but needed to move. "Reduced for Quick Sale"
I bought up 6 steaks, and wrapped them in freezer paper (I don't like freezing in the store packaging)
*pretend I took a picture and put it here all pretty like*
To help me remember to USE it (like I need to be reminded to eat ribeyes!) I added them to my task list with a date of 6 months from now. (Calculated from the USDA freezer storage chart). I use Toodledo for my task management, so in that application I have a context called "pantry". That's where I list all the food and stuff that I buy ahead and what date I want to use it buy. I set it to remind me 2 weeks before the "due date". I give it a location of "freezer" or "pantry" depending on where the item is stored.
I like to keep my pantry list right with my other tasks. That way when I'm doing a quick skim over the stuff coming up in the next few weeks, I see the food that I need to use and incorporate it into my menu.
I also have a context named "coupons" that I keep a list of the Q's I will want to use even if there hasn't been a sale on that item by the time it expires. (more on that later)