Create Your Own Menu (Part 10): Creating Labels
This step in your menu planning process is actually not necessary but super convenient when it comes time to preparing your meals on the day you will serve them. It is the easiest of all of the steps that we have explored. When I get to this stage I breathe a sigh of relief as it is only a matter of cutting and pasting.
I have created an OAMM Labels Template to make this process even easier. You simply need to open this document and proceed with the following steps for creating your own set of labels.
2. Recipe Title
Highlight the “Recipe Title” and begin typing your own recipe title.
Highlight the word “instructions” and begin typing in the instructions for how to proceed to prepare the dish on the serving day. Make sure to include thawing directions, whether foil needs to be on or off, temperature for baking/slow cooking and duration.
If you know your date of cooking you can fill that in at this time as well.
5. Copy & Paste
Once I have completed one label I simply highlight all of the changed fields and paste them into the additional labels that I will need. I make enough labels for the meals I will create plus an extra in case something happens and I need another one or one gets ruined. You can decide what you need.
6. Print Labels
These labels are designed to be printed on Avery 8163 or equivalent. Readers who didn’t have labels available suggested just printing them on paper and taping them onto meals. They do stick even when in the freezer, but ONLY if you stick them on before the containers get cold. I *might* know this from experience.
Congratulations! You are OFFICIALLY complete with creating your menu! Doesn’t it feel good?
Please feel free to direct questions in the comment section below. However, keep in mind that this is a multi-part series. Please review previous posts for answers before submitting questions and review upcoming topics to see if your question will be answered shortly. Thank you.
Previous “Create Your Own Menu” Posts:
- Part 1 – Overview & Assessing Needs
- Part 2 – Researching Sales Items
- Part 3 – Planning Recipes
- Part 4 – Finding Recipes
- Part 5 – Selecting Recipes
- Part 6 – Evaluating Quantity
- Part 7 - Creating a Grocery List
- Part 8 – Creating Instructions
- Part 9 – Substitutions & Equivalents
Future “Create Your Own Menu” Posts:
- Part 11 – Bringing It All Together