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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two
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    • 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two 21st Oct 13 at 9:17 AM
    As the previous thread here had got very long, this is a new one for a continuation of the discussion.

    From the original first post of the previous thread:

    OK my freezer and stock cupboards are crammed full. I realise have spent a lot of money in the food in there. I want to save money by using these and only buy:
    . Milk
    . Fruit/Veg
    . Bread
    . Yoghurt
    . Breakfast cereal (only have 2 unopened packets)
    . Sandwich fillings (have one pack of ham in the freezer)

    as these things I eat virtually every day

    Until one of the following happens
    . I ran out of food
    . I have only fish fingers and cornflakes left.

    It will be a challenge as I'm on weight watchers so I have to be extra creative to keep my points down.
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    I'm a Board Guide on the Quick Grabbit, Food Shopping & Groceries, Shop but don't drop, Loans and Cutting Tax boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and I can move and merge threads there. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

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    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Aug 17, 4:51 PM
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    No (food) spend days = 9/11.

    Went out today checking how ready the local blackberries were. Still maybe a week to go before a full crop is ready but picked approximately 100-200gr blackberries (including blackcurrants). These are now in the freezer. Currently, I do not feel motivated to do my usual local food shopping.
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 11th Aug 17, 8:57 PM
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    In - a loaf of bread

    Out - nothing

    That's for today and yesterday! Two days out has really scuppered my plans for using stuff up!

    Tomorrow I'll be making a picnic for four, but we'll be having fish and chips on the sea front for dinner - yummy!

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Aug 17, 9:01 PM
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    In: oven chips, tea bags, portion leek & parsley sauce
    Out: portion of oven chips, steak bake
    Used up: courgette, runner beans, peas from the garden, portion of leek & parsley sauce
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 11th Aug 17, 11:24 PM
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    In:- blackberries
    Out:- 3 lamb chops, portion cooked turkey, 2 slices bread, leeks, shortcrust pastry
    Used up:- 3 apples, blackberries, sm salmon, beans, eggs.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 12th Aug 17, 6:15 AM
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    I always keep a running supply of fruit, veg & salad stuff, but really have gone overboard on the peppers. They were 20 for £1 and I have a load in the fridge. Does anyone know if they would roast in2 sweet peppers, they are the yellow long ones. I do use them in stews, curries & salads. Also any ideas what to do with some aubergine - I really have not had much success.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh


    I regularly use peppers as a substitute for pasta - so cut them in half length ways and remove the pith and seeds then fill them with whatever sauce everyone else is having, topped with grated cheese and then 30 minutes in the oven.


    I also chop them into 2cm chunks and freeze them when I have bought too many.


    Re aubergines I use them chopped and fried, along with (no irony) peppers, onions and tomatoes - like a poor man's ratatouille, without courgettes and seasoning - the trick is to sprinkle the chopped aubergine with salt and let it stand for ten minutes, then rinse and dry before frying - it prevents them sucking up all the fat, along with very hot fat to cook them in.


    The classics are sliced (salted and fried) and then baked in a rich tomato sauce (melanzane parmiggiana) but this classically has grated cheese on top - I guess you could use a parmesan substitute mixed with breadcrumbs (I am assuming you do not eat regular cheese) or as moussaka but I think you are vegetarian, if not vegan so no lamb or cheese and egg sauce for you with the latter.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th Aug 17, 7:10 PM
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    dannie
    Didn't go out today so avoided acquiring any potential food purchases adding to what I currently have.

    Sorted out a "glut" of boiled onions by baking them using some end of jar coconut oil. A big tub of (free) rendered fat is now nearly finished and was used for making wild birds food. Also, used the liquid leftover from making vinegar cheese for bread making. So things are being used up but still a long way to go!

    No (food) spend days = 10/12.
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 12th Aug 17, 11:38 PM
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    IN:- blackberries
    OUT:- piece pork, tomatoes turned into soup, ice cream
    Used up:- from fridge and cupboards. vegetables, fruit, jelly, chocolate
    bottle of the vino!!
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Aug 17, 10:37 AM
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    Thank you very much Suffolk Lass I will try salting the aubergines, I'm determined to come up with something edible. I think freezing peppers would be good too, as I add them in2 stews curries, etc, do you blanch them. I did roast a load - OMG they were lovely, added a bit of oil and put them in a closed container, supposedly they are supposed to last a week or two. I don't eat dairy cheese, but there are a ton of substitutes around.

    No INS, lots of OUTS - mainly salad stuff/veggies, soups , a cob loaf. Day 3 of no (grocery) spends. Don't really need anything. Will go Thursday, if I can mentally last that long. EDIT - in fact need plant milk, unless I make some oat milk.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 13-08-2017 at 10:48 AM.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 13th Aug 17, 5:11 PM
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    Felt I needed a bit of exercise (bicycle) so I went to the local shops. Checked for actual/potential food "clearance" items but still not what I want to pay/not happening yet. Anyway, current food stores are therefore being used up.

    No (food) spend days = 11/13.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 17, 7:54 PM
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    I was staying with friends yesterday so nothing in or out.
    Today:
    In: nothing
    Out: piece of steak
    Used up: slightly over ripe tomato
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 14th Aug 17, 12:24 AM
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    IN:- nothing
    OUT:- piece of gammon
    Used up:- veg from fridge, ice-cream, bread, jelly and fruit
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 14th Aug 17, 11:04 AM
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    Day 4 of no grocery spends. Hoping to go until Thursday, when Lidl have their veggie/vegan event (allegedly). I have loosely done a meal plan for the next 3 days, Breakfasts - smoothies, Lunches homemade soup and Dinner will be meals that I have pre-cooked, curry, savoury veggie mince, etc with wraps, salad, or bulgar/cous cous, all from the freezer/fridge. I do want to make coleslaw, so if I happen upon some white cabbage on my travels today, then I will buy it. That's the plan, anywho..... Have a lovely week everyone.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Aug 17, 5:55 PM
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    Shopping today though mainly household bits, some fridge bits (some of which will end up in the freezer later in the week)
    In: samosas, spinach & ricotta canneloni, rice&peas, condensed soup
    Out: small loaf, tin of chickpeas, lamb chops
    Used up: trout pate, peppercorn sauce, courgettes, chard
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 14th Aug 17, 11:18 PM
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    In:- blackberries
    Out:- 3 small lamb chops, peas, 4 slices bread, brown bread icecream,
    Used up from fridge, cupboards, veg plot:- runner beans, carrot, potatoes, strawberries, crisps, choc biscuits, apple, tin baked beans.

    It sounds an awful lot but DH needed a packed lunch and we had different dinners as I'm trying to lose weight.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • dannie
    • By dannie 15th Aug 17, 5:38 PM
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    Yesterday the person I do an online (food) grocery order with decided to make it this week instead of the next. However, this was as a result of me "needing" an ingredient that I had run out of so the delivery was received today. I only purchased a few extra (food) items and the next online shop might next be in three weeks.

    At the moment I am working upon using up "old" dessert recipes; bits of (freezer) cake and have also ground up some linseeds which were then added to make a "chocolate bun".

    No (food) spend days = 12/15.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Aug 17, 7:50 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: portion cooked chicken
    Used up: LO veg gratin
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 15th Aug 17, 9:49 PM
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    In - milk, cucumber, bits for holiday

    Out - Whole chicken, pack of broccoli, bag of swede, box and a half of stuffing

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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th Aug 17, 10:35 PM
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    In:- 8 parcels of turkey/ham/mushrooms in filo pastry - used an entire packet of filo as I find it dries out if not used in one session.
    Out: pk of peas for pea and ham soup with mint, bread roll, 2oz cheese,
    Used up:- blackberries, pears, peach, ham, nuts, chocolate. cabbage, cauliflower, runner beans, carrot, onion, dried mushrooms.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • dannie
    • By dannie 16th Aug 17, 6:35 PM
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    dannie
    On one hand, very slow progress but also am wondering whether the freezer drawers are becoming less heavy?

    No (food) spend days = 13/16.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Aug 17, 8:39 PM
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    In: falafels
    Out: portion of pork cheek chilli
    Used up: Hard boiled egg, LO gratin and I dehydrated a load of LO wholemeal wraps cut into wedges
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