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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.
    Originally posted by Middy
    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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  • Florenceem
    Wednesday.
    I am still away visiting family. Mr F is at home and has taken some bits out of the freezer to use - spag bol + 2 x rice dishes.
    15 in 2015 1/15
    • sharond101
    • By sharond101 23rd Oct 13, 9:34 PM
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    I am still away visiting family. Mr F is at home and has taken some bits out of the freezer to use - spag bol + 2 x rice dishes.
    Originally posted by Florenceem
    Been missing your pictures.
    • sharond101
    • By sharond101 23rd Oct 13, 9:40 PM
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    I've been lurking for some time now. Miss flo's pictures. Will start to list as my freezer often bulges.

    Yesterday
    Out: 2 portions steak pie (for DH and my Dad as parents were having dinner with us)
    In: 2 portions vegetable lasagne + 1 portion veg in tomato sauce (leftovers from Mum and my dinner)

    Today
    Out: 2 bbq chicken legs for homemade pizza and sandwiches + 5 fish fingers 3 for DH sandwich at lunch and 2 for DS to nibble on whilst we had dinner.
    In: nothing
  • Florenceem
    Wednesday 2.
    Been missing your pictures.
    Originally posted by sharond101
    I have cooked dinner for the last two days - looking after DGC while parents are away for a couple of days. I am cooking here again tomorrow then travel home on Friday.
    15 in 2015 1/15
  • Ms Topaz
    OH went out and bought fish, cauliflower cheese grills and some other crap to put in the freezer, he just doesnt get the concept of using whats already there, grr.

    OUT came a cheese pie, so a small dent appeared
    • Gonzo1987
    • By Gonzo1987 24th Oct 13, 10:36 AM
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    Nothing in yesterday! out tonight will be fish fingers and smiley faces I do believe.
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 24th Oct 13, 10:59 AM
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    Nothing out today, turkey has defrosted overnight so will cook that slowly and deal with it over the next couple of days, should make quite a few meals as it was 7.5kg in weight.
    Having a go at some more apples today as the last tree has decided to start shedding its crop, It was here when we bought this place and I think it is a cider apple tree as the apples are small, dry and tart but the tree always gives a huge crop.

    Saw the bottom of the large freezer (45cubic feet) again yesterday, not seen that for a couple of years. Looks like the dogs will be in for several good treats over the next few months as I unearth things that are just too old for us to use - at least they will be happy whereas I'll moan about wasting all that food and money. At least the other freezers are more organised now and I know in the broad sense what is in each of them. Result.
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    • ms_night_ryder
    • By ms_night_ryder 24th Oct 13, 9:54 PM
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    Kirri I sent the maggot back yesterday, that's when the envelope came, I will call on Monday to see if they received it, as I sent it back with the slip they had sent only.

    I done some baking today using the last of the pears, the ones on the tree look a diseased now.

    I made a pear loaf and some lemon and blueberry cookies, the mixture was way too much, so I'm going to freeze the rest, I used the last of the frozen blueberries.

    Not much other cooking gone on, I went to Tesco finest taster evening and left full with a goodie bag.
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 25th Oct 13, 10:36 AM
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    Out of the freezer a full chicken. I will also be taking out some stuffing to go with it later.

    Some spare pastry has went in after making a quiche for lunches.
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    • Mrs_Rachel_Trelfa
    • By Mrs_Rachel_Trelfa 25th Oct 13, 2:50 PM
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    OUT - chicken and cheese pasta sauce, makes marginally more room :P
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 25th Oct 13, 7:45 PM
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    Out of the freezer a full chicken. I will also be taking out some stuffing to go with it later.

    Some spare pastry has went in after making a quiche for lunches.
    Originally posted by Soworried
    I've also made a rhubarb and blackberry crumble using some up I had in the freezer. I'll serve it with custard for supper.
    GC Feb £240/£180.84
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    • Mrs_Rachel_Trelfa
    • By Mrs_Rachel_Trelfa 25th Oct 13, 8:22 PM
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    OUT - chicken and cheese pasta sauce, makes marginally more room :P
    Originally posted by Mrs_Rachel_Trelfa
    Ended up having an Indian takeaway for tea so pasta sauce will have to wait to be used tomorrow
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  • Edwardia
    Hello everyone hope you're all well

    Gave OH stern lecture tonight about continual removal of meat from freezer. Told him he doesn't need to eat meat every night and both lunch and dinner at weekends and that he certainly doesn't need to be providing more than one meat option per meal.

    Also got told he's too fussy and that most people DO shop with a menu in mind and that his I don't want to know on Monday what I'm eating on Friday is a PITA to shop for. I have a dish in mind, he uses the vital ingredient in something else and then I have to go buy more/alternatives to make remaining ingredients work.

    Freezer Movements

    IN
    Morrisons organic free range whole chicken
    President unsalted Normandy butter x6 (on offer Morrisons 1.25)
    Riverford organic vegetable pasty

    OUT
    Nothing - having veggie weekend
  • Ms Topaz
    In the past 2 days

    Out beef burgers & turkey burgers, plus buns so thats made a nice gap

    Shopping delivery coming later though so it will soon be filled.

    Edwardia, how are you doing with diabetes now as while reading through the thread you were managing via diet to combat it. Do you think buying organic helps with that or is that general diet all round?
  • Edwardia
    Hi Ms Topaz.. good question and thanks for visiting the thread.. after being diagnosed with diabetes I tried a low GI (glycemic index) diet eating slow release carbs like lentils, porridge etc and that didn't work for me at all. My blood glucose was still 13% above normal.

    I decided to try low carb in 2010 and that has really worked for me. I went organic as much as poss (more than 90%) in March 2012 and that has made a big difference too. So I'd say both really.

    However I think personally that just avoiding additives could drastically improve anyone's health and my consultant seems to agree with me.

    Freezer movements

    IN
    Iceland 6 mini beef pasties (no additives) OH likes three with bits of cucumber, cheese and fruit as a change from sandwiches so good for two lunches for £1 and rather moreish.
    Iceland 16 vegetable spring rolls 288g (additive free though they do contain palm oil and soya oil) 4.6g carbs each, made in China and really good especially for £1
    Last edited by Edwardia; 26-10-2013 at 3:00 PM.
    • Kirri
    • By Kirri 26th Oct 13, 2:53 PM
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    Made a pizza base in the breadmaker yesterday as needed to use the mozzarella. Only added free toppings from the allotment - basil pesto, tomatoes, chilli, courgette, onion, garlic and thyme. Just had the leftovers for lunch today.

    Nothing out of freezer.
    Into freezer few more portions of cooked courgette pieces.

    Had my 2nd cheapest month of the year - £108.85 so far though should have been cheaper really but I got a few extras to make things easy while I'm stuck doing DIY - no shopping in shops, have had 2 Ocado deliveries and 2 Farmaround deliveries. Still picked a LOT of veg from the allotment this week, sweetcorn, mange tout, carrots, spinach, lettuce, spicy salad leaves, fennel, courgettes, pak choi, radish. Beans/cucumbers have now finished. Last of the chillis and tomatoes from the greenhouse. Plenty of beetroot and potatoes (and loads more carrots) need to be dug up still. Lots of onions and garlic in store.

    Edwardia - I'd lose my patience if I was the one having to organise the shopping, cooking and meal plans!!
    What low carb veggie meals are you doing this weekend?
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 26th Oct 13, 5:49 PM
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    Kirri:- I'm really impressed with your allotment growing. My DH made me 12 really good raised beds about 6 years ago and a very big wooden fruit cage but 2 bad hips prevented me from doing justice to them. Now I'm back to normal (last op 10 weeks ago) so really looking forward to next year. I used to be mainly self suficient in both veg, fruit and to some extent in meat. I just so want to get back to that way of life.

    Freezer movements over the last few days
    Out:- last of the 2012 turkeys, cooked, 2 meals eaten, the rest portioned and refrozen, stock being made, will freeze some and the rest use in soup together with all the turkey bits.
    8 x quail cooked in a mushroom sauce, 2 have been eaten and the rest refrozen.
    HM apple and blackberry in filo pastry, marmalade sponge, some brownies and the remainder of a tea loaf.
    In: just the cooked turkey in its various forms plus the quail
    Aug Grocery £250, total spent 165.66 17/8/17
  • Edwardia
    Kirri, impressed with your allotment growing too and the pizza sounds fantastic (though off menu for me personally, not had since 2007).

    Tonight we're having Pot au Feu which is basically cauliflower, cabbage, onions/shallots carrots, leeks, swede/turnip, tomatoes, celery, veg stock (you can sub veg but no spuds - too starchy and alters flavour) simmered for an hour until really soft and then served very hot with loads of grated cheese and finely chopped parsley. The cheese melts over the veg and it's wonderful. Our version is based on Sonia Allison's The Dairy Book of Home Cookery recipe. Both our mothers swear by that book.

    Tomorrow I'm planning a Mozzarella and radicchio bake using the recipe which came from Riverford, but without the pasta.

    zafiro1984 mm quail.. haven't had that in ages. Pleased to hear you're back to normal.
    • Kirri
    • By Kirri 26th Oct 13, 6:45 PM
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    Zafiro, yes, I've had a good end to the growing year although lots of things were late due to the cold spring and I've only just about got my sweetcorn and borlotti crop ready after the weather turned. It's a very satisfying way of life, not to mention the money I save, I wish I could do more!! Knowing how my relatively minor op set me back last year I'm not surprised you've not been able to make use of yours! Will be nice to get back to it.

    Dinner tonight was allotment corn on the cob, sliced golden beetroot slices roasted in the oven and a cheat addition of a Hiddigy tart (been painting this afternoon hence easy ish meal)..

    Edwardia, pot au feu sounds nice! Is that the 70's book? If so I asked my mum but she threw it out
  • Edwardia
    Yep the 1970s edition. I was given one by my MIL and found one in a charity shop because MIL's so tatty. They don't seem to get thrown out much so difficult to find.

    Planning menus is easy for me as ex chef and shopping mostly online so the only PITA is the husband
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