Labeling Frozen Food Packages

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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How To Label Frozen

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