• Freezing Fruit

    If you're think about saving money by freezing fruit while it's in season, or have decided to sell your own fruit for profit, there are a few items you need beforehand. There are also a few tips you need to know. First of all, you'll need some top-quality frozen food labels, of course! No one makes them better than we do, because other companies lack our experience and quality equipment and materials. We make them in house, so we know how to make them right. Frozen fruit labels have to remain stuck to their packages no matter how cold or frosty it gets in the freezer, because frozen food can go to waste if you don't know what it is or how old it is.

    Also necessary are sturdy packaging or containers that are freezer safe, and for most fruits, heavy syrup or lots of sugar. Frozen fruits store best when independently frozen or frozen in slices or small chunks, then either packed in the aforementioned sweeteners, which act as preservatives. Luckily, these can be washed off later if you want to cut back on carbs.

    A number of items must be included on custom printed or do it yourself frozen fruit labels, including the date of freezing, best-by date, contents (including preservatives), weight, and if they're packed for sale, nutritional information and any text required by state or federal guidelines. Of course, you'll also need your logo.

    As a general rule, citrus fruits like oranges, pomelos, tangerines, grapefruits, etc. will freeze just fine, and maintain their nutrients, for 3-6 months. Most other fruits will stay good for up to a year. That's why the best-by date is so important.

    What are you waiting for? Start freezing!



    The Right Labels for the Right Kind of Cold

    Not all freezer labels are created equal, so expect a lot of questions from us when you order yours. The reason we ask is so we can hook you up with the best type of labels for your needs. Order the wrong kind, and they might not stick around as long as you want them to. Some adhesives' stickiness, a.k.a. tack, fails when it gets too cold or wet. And who wants to pay freezer roulette?

    We offer three basic types of label adhesives suitable for low temperatures: All Temperature Adhesives, Cold Temperature Adhesives, and Freezer Adhesives. The first type doesn't really live up to its name at the cold end of the thermometer. They may be able to stay on up to 200° F, but they'll fall off not far below freezing. And moisture? Forget about it. Plus, multiple freeze/thaw cycles may turn them to mush.

    Cold Temperature Adhesives are a lot better; they'll stay stuck down to -65°, sometimes even lower, and handle moisture better than All Temp adhesive labels because they're made of hot-melt rubber instead of an emulsion. They shrug off freeze-thaw cycles and flash-freezing. These are the types of freezer labels you'll need most often.



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    While we make some pretty amazing freezer labels, if we do say so ourselves, you can't just slap them on any package any old way and expect them to work just right. Like just about everything else, there's an art to applying freezer labels. So keep these points in mind before you even order a batch:

    Step #1: Determine parameters of application

    What are you labeling? Corrugated cardboard boxes need different strategies than deli containers or vacuum packaging. Second, how cold will your packages be when you attach the labels? We make different types of labels for different types of cold. Already-frozen packages may need different handling than stuff kept at normal warehouse kitchen temperatures, especially where frost or moisture is a consideration.

    Step #2: Foresee exposure of labeled product

    Speaking of moisture, you'll need to foresee the exposure conditions of your frozen goods. For example, a deli container of salsa chilled on ice is going to be exposed to lot more moisture than deep-frozen goods. Just the act of opening a freezer, or storing items in an open cooler like those so common in supermarkets, will also pull moisture out of the air and onto the packaging as condensation. That means the materials comprising the label, especially the adhesive, must be moisture-resistant.

    Step #3: Get them made (by us)

    Only after you've given thought to what you're labeling and how you'll be storing your frozen/chilled foods can you really start homing in on the types of freezer labels you need. At this point, we can recommend specific types of materials for your labels, such as a plastic substrate rather than a paper one, or certain inks. You don't have to worry as much about adhesives, because all our freezer labels (including the DIY sheet labels) are made with adhesives that maintain high tack down to frighteningly cold temperatures.

    Now we can get you a quote for your labels, and send samples and proofs. Once we have your permission to go, you'll have your finished labels in your hands in a matter of hours.

    Step #4: Method of application

    When you do start labeling, remember: our products are pressure sensitive. In other words, don't just lay them on the packages, slap them on, or throw them down, expecting them to stick. This won't work well, especially if the package is frosty or wet. If this is the case, wipe them thoroughly dry, ideally with terry cloth, before applying the labels. Our labels need to be pressed on, and require a good 12-24 hours of "dwell time" after application to bond to the packages properly.

    Once they've gotten their dwell time, your freezer labels won't come off without a fight, and you're good to go!



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    While it's hard to forgive the 1980s and 1990s for atrocities like parachute pants and hair bands (what were we thinking?), one good thing that came out of those decades was the digital printing revolution. Those of us who remember Super Bowl 1984 may recall the Big Brother ad for that weird new computer called the Apple Macintosh... and after that it was just a matter of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs trying to outdo each other.

    Once everyone realized that fanfold dot-matrix printing was a serious pain, people started making sharp little laser and inkjet printers.In time, photocopiers got computerized, and turned into the giant printers they'd always had the capacity to be.

    One wonderful by-product of all this was the standard 8.5" x 11" sheet label page. Suddenly, it was easy to print your own labels, even for large runs! No longer did you have to type them one at a time or write them by hand! But you still can if you want. Or, if you need really nice labels, we can print them for you. Especially if you have frozen or refrigerated foods for sale, and their labels need to stand up to severe cold, and the moisture and frost that come with it.

    We offer 29 different formats of sheet labels, whether you're looking for them blank or preprinted, and every single one comes in three material types. That's 87 different subtypes, if you're keeping score—and each and every one is optimized for freezing and refrigeration. Every single one is food-grade, too. Not only will your labels stay on your packages and remain legible down to -65°, the materials they're made of are 100% non-toxic and perfectly safe.

    Who could have imagined that, after cringing through the Vanilla IceNinja Turtles rap still seared on our memories? Viva the Revolution!



    Louisiana is having a problem, due to torrential downpours coffins are floating away. It is definitely an odd problem, in fact it's a little bit sad. I started thinking about how the coffins and the remains inside we're being identified and returned to their peaceful resting place? I know that many coffins have plaques attached identifying who's inside, but what about those that DON'T? Even those that do, may be so corroded from time and the elements that they are no longer a viable means of identification. Coffins from many years ago or coffins where there was little money to add identification plaques create a serious problem! How do you return people's loved ones if you can't identify who they are?
    A simple and affordable solution... affix durable, long lasting, WATERPROOF labels that won't corrode over time or float away if your loved ones do!

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    There are so many options at the grocery store that sometimes I feel overwhelmed! I often stand in the meat freezer department staring for endless minutes at all my choices for sausage, bacon, hamburger, pork chops and the list goes on. So what helps me make my final purchase... packaging. Packaging can make or break it for me. If the label on the item I am purchasing looks unprofessional then I assume that the product within the packaging follows the same lesser than standard. My assumption may be erroneous but nevertheless, I am NOT buying ANY product that has a peeling, crumpled, cheap looking label! This being said, it seems appropriate to claim that all freezer labels must not be created equal. As the name itself suggests, freezer labels are SPECIALTY labels made specifically for use in frigid environments. Different types of cold environments obviously require different types of labels. So, if you need the BEST possible freezer labels to be sure your packaging holds up to the highest standards ( including the standards of this stay-at-home mom), you've come to the right place!

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    In the Internet Era, it can be tough to tell the real deal from a clever mock-up. Well, we're here to tell you that is 100% authentic. Many of the freezer labels sites you'll find online are just resellers, and while sometimes the people who run those sites know and understand labels, to most it's just another way to make a quick buck.

    Not at Freezer labels matter to us. We know the label-printing field inside and out, and we're absolutely committed to it. This website represents the online presence of an honest to goodness, REAL brick-and-mortar company located in Las Vegas, Nevada, and we actually make labels in-house on a real, live printing press. We're no two-bit shell website optimized to show up in online searches just to make a quick sale. We work with the actual materials ourselves, converting liners, adhesives, substrates, inks, and other items of the printer's art into specialized freezer labels. Unlike those other guys, we're up to our elbows in ink on a daily basis (sometimes literally!)

    Care to learn more? We invite you to take a tour of our website. To learn more about the company, click here; you may also want to learn more about freezer labels, their uses, and the specialized materials we combine to make them. Feel free to call us with questions at 855.668.7453 or (if you're in Southern Nevada) 702.568.7543.

    Keep your eyes on this space, because we'll be updating the blog regularly with nifty information about freezer labels, our manufacturing process, cutting-edge news, and special deals.

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