Item Detail

Item Detail

Items are the fundamental unit for tracking everything in your home food storage. Accurate item information will help ensure that your storage meets your needs and goals. Keep the items up-to-date as much as possible.


  1. Text Field – Tap a text field to edit the text.
  2. Option List – Tap a row that has an arrow indicator to select or view a list.
  3.  – Use these to change the quantity, goal or buy amount.
  4. Yes/No – Change a Yes/No option by tapping the row.
  5. Barcode – Tap this row to scan a barcode using the camera.

Everything Explained

All Items

Name, Brand, Type, Quantity, Goal

Every item has a name, brand and type. When adding a new item, the type must be selected (if not known) before the additional details (below) can be entered.

As well as setting their value, the quantity and goal are used to set the item’s storage container (e.g. bag).

Currency: Note that when using a type that stores currency amounts (e.g. Savings), only Amount and Goal will become visible.

Per Container

Weight/Volume, Use Rate

In this section, information about a single item (e.g. quantity of one) is tracked.

Use the Weight (or Volume)  to enter the weight (or volume) of a single unit of this item. If an item does not use a weight or volume, select a value that is appropriate for that item.

The Use Rate indicates the period of time that it takes for your entire family to go through a single item. This value is used in the item list to show how long the total quantity for this item should last. It is also used in conjunction with Shelf Life to warn when items may not be used fast enough.

Storage Detail

Use Sets, Location, Expiration Date

By default, the Use Sets option is set to “No”. In this mode, the two rows below it show Location and Expiration Date. Tap those rows to set their value.

As shown in the example pictured, when Use Sets is set to “Yes”, it is possible to enter multiple quantities, each of which can have a different Location and/or Expiration Date. The quantities are automatically aggregated into a Total Quantity, which replaces the regular Quantity field. Tap the combined row (of Qty, Location, Expiration) to show the list of Quantity Sets.

If you change Use Sets from “Yes” to “No”, the quantity set that has the most recent expiration date will be used (for the Expiration Date and Location) . The total quantity for this item will remain the same.

If you change Use Sets from “No” to “Yes”, the existing quantity, location and expiration date will be used for the first quantity set, and you will enter the list of Quantity Sets where you can add additional sets.


Buy, Price History

The Buy quantity can be set by using the plus or minus arrows, as well as by tapping the row and selecting a value.

Tap the Last Price to enter the Price History list. From that list you can add a price with corresponding place and date.


Barcode, Perishable, Shelf Life, Notes

Barcode represents the EAN/UPC number for this item, and will be used when scanning a barcode during Search. If an item is being added from the Search screen, this value will already be set.

Perishable indicates that an item requires refrigeration.

Shelf Life indicates the typical period that a single item should last. When the Use Rate is also set, this value will help ensure that you do not store more than you can use.

Notes can store any notes you feel necessary.