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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    redfox
    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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    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 19th Mar 17, 3:39 PM
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    oldtractor
    OUT some bread
    IN noting
    Trying for 10 a day
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 19th Mar 17, 3:40 PM
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    oldtractor
    I have a rule to use up what I have in the fridge, freezer and cupboard at least for one week, every six weeks. That way, stuff is used up before the 'Best by' date and save money too. My mother used to believe, any one can cook a meal when you have enough food stuff. When you have a bit of this, and little of that, you need imagination and creative nature to make dinner.
    Originally posted by DBX
    Good idea
    Trying for 10 a day
    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 19th Mar 17, 4:26 PM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Still got dicky tummies here. Anything that goes in comes out the back exit pretty quickly afterwards. Seems no point cooking anything that we won't enjoy and has little benefit, especially as I'm rather tired (not kept anything in since Tuesday). I think omelette will be easy enough. I'm more annoyed that everything is just sitting in the fridge/freezer/cupboard. Thankfully I have the week off work so that's something less to worry about, but it is DS's birthday and party on Friday, so we need to be well before then!
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 19th Mar 17, 6:22 PM
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    OUT
    one turkey breast to slice and wrap in bacon, cook and then freeze again
    one ribeye steak
    venison steak
    frozen peppers

    IN nothing
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th Mar 17, 6:50 PM
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    caronc
    In: 2 portions carmelised onions
    Out: 2 slices Lorne sausage & a tattie scone
    Used up: OOD egg, mash
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 19th Mar 17, 6:53 PM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Ah, unexpected update, incoming of a bag of basmati rice, half a pack of tea bags, a jar of marmalade, 4 posh naan breads and 11 part baked baguettes. Bread things bar one baguette are in the freezer. It's all unused stuff from mum and dad's holiday guests. The tea is only half because mum used half a bag to top up their caddy, everything else is unopened. Oh, i got some celebrations too, i wanted the mars, galaxy and milky way ones for DS's space birthday party.
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 19th Mar 17, 7:25 PM
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    In - 4 portions of Chicken Provençal Rice, 6 portions of Smoked Trout and Broccoli Crustless Quiche.

    Out for tomorrow - 1 x Chicken Tikka Meal, 1 x Butternut Squash and Beef Chilli. 1 x sandwiches.
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    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 19th Mar 17, 7:27 PM
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    donnajt
    Out roast potatoes .... In nowt
    Declutter 2017 items in 2017
    Eat out of Freezer/Cupboards
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 20th Mar 17, 9:59 AM
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    I seem to have stalled so it is time to get back to this. Very little has gone into the freezer recently and a few things have come out but not enough.
    I have written a plan for the week which will use some beef mince, smoked haddock, Ikea meatballs, fries, petit pois and maybe sausages.
    I just need to stick to it.
    There is a fair sized order coming from Ocado tonight but it contains gin, wine and some essential fresh milk/juice/veg. No meat or fish so that is a step in the right direction.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 20th Mar 17, 11:59 AM
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    Primrose
    Bag of frozen bread crusts which nobody ever wants to eat out of freezer, chopped into cubes, sprayed with oil, chopped garlic and herbs and baked until crispy. Now yummy croutons to eat with soup, salads and snacks.
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 20th Mar 17, 1:57 PM
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    I like the sound of your Ocado order MallyGirl!


    I was home alone with my little'un yesterday as husband is away for work for a week. Typically the boy woke me up at 3am and it took an hour and half to get the little wotsit back to sleep again. By that time I couldn't get back to sleep and in any case he was back in and raring to go at 6. It was a loooong day.


    I managed to use up some of the chickpea surplus by making us some veggie tagine for lunch and served it with hm naan from the freezer. I am seeing some progress in using up cupboard stuff but the freezer is always chock full because as soon as I use something up I cook something else that has leftovers to be frozen. Leftover tagine and naan for lunch today and I'm planning some soup from the freezer for tea with toast and cream cheese which needs using up.


    This morning's alarm call was 4:45. I'll be needing a nap soon.
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 20th Mar 17, 2:40 PM
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    MallyGirl
    I had a 'try ocado reserved for 4 weeks and we'll give you £30' offer so I had to order something!! Gin was on offer

    I have just put the remains of the Indian takeaway in the freezer so that is a step in the wrong direction - although the alternative would have been to eat it and 2 lots of Indian in a week would not help the OS weight loss, or the 10 a day challenge. Something had to give.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 20th Mar 17, 4:48 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    Out - 2 lambs hearts, 2 pork chops, 2 chicken thighs, 2 portions of minced beef - all for this week's dinners

    In - 2 packs of chipolatas (3 for £10) - I am going to make egg and sausage breakfast snacks with one pack - like mini toad-in-the hole but no flour, just set egg around a mini sausage in the new 24 mini-muffin tin I bought in TK's at the weekend
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    OS Grocery Challenge 2017 budget of £3,600 £3000 (reduced from Apr) - 61.61/66.66% including stores after July
    My DFD is http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5593594
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 20th Mar 17, 6:51 PM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Out - 3 Giant meatballs, 2 Turkey meatballs, 2 Arrabiatta sauce.

    ETA:MallyGirl Great order. Most of the major food groups

    Well done on the run. Mine didn't happen. Again. Hailstones and horizontal rain. Grrrr.
    Last edited by FurryBeastOz; 20-03-2017 at 7:27 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Mar 17, 8:14 PM
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    caronc
    In: 2 portions steamed beetroot (LO from a vac pac)
    Out: 2 mini pork burgers, 2 rosti cakes
    Used up: Part of LO lamb chop, flat mushrooms, piece of stottie cake
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 20th Mar 17, 11:35 PM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Parents arrived with unopened milk and a massive bottle of Heinz ketchup, also unopened, from holiday guests. I liked these ones! Used pastry for tea and put the other half of the pastry into the freezer. There's literally no more room in there!

    Now we're both keeping stuff in i need to review what we're having this week.... And how i can work baguettes into it! Haha
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 21st Mar 17, 9:13 AM
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    Ginmonster
    Working from home today so I put the slow cooker on with a Boston baked beans recipe that was posted on a thread about making your own baked beans on here. I had a bit of a mixture of different types of dried beans and I've no idea how old they are so we shall see how well they turn out!


    I've got a final portion of veggie tagine & naan for my lunch today and with any luck some delicious beans for tea.
    • MallyGirl
    • By MallyGirl 21st Mar 17, 10:08 AM
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    MallyGirl
    I bought beans to make the home baked beans recipe I saw on here. We have obviously been inspired!
    • JIL
    • By JIL 21st Mar 17, 11:15 PM
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    JIL
    I have just had a chat with husband, there's just the two of us at home over the next few weeks. So we are going to do a little challenge. £10 per week to buy fruit, milk, bread, veg, salad. The rest has to come from stores. I really need to sort out my freezer, it leaks from underneath. It's rotted the wooden floor and needs sorting. The utility room/ store room could really do with sorting out so here's hoping this should help.
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 22nd Mar 17, 8:33 AM
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    Have you tried the beans yet MallyGirl? I put mine in the slow cooker yesterday morning and the recipe said 8-10 hours on high. The beans were still fairly hard after 8 hours and all the water was gone so I put loads more in from the kettle and tried for another 2. Still not cooked so another 2. After that they were nearly there so I switched the SC cooker off and went to bed to let it cool down over night. This morning they are finally cooked! Unfortunately because they dried out I think a little bit got burnt as there is a slight burnt flavour to them. I mean obviously I'm still going to eat them (and there's a lot there!) but I'm not quite as excited about it as I was.
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