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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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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 12th Apr 17, 7:38 PM
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    IN
    Shopping from Asdas, and last night some bread and doughnuts from work. Then this morning i went to the local Food Club shop and Morrisons. There i got biscuit spread x 2, roasted peanuts, tinned tomatoes, potatoes and kidney beans, pretzels, cranberry juice, chilli chocolate, dates and pain au chocolate (think that was it). From Morrisons, i got spring onions, YS mushrooms, courgettes, cauli, two pepperes, lleeks, swede, bananas and YS mini weetabix and violife

    OUT
    Parsley and kale in the bin (both gone off), small amount of walnuts/breadcrumbs/herbs and spices for meatless balls, pasta, last of violife, last of vbites ham, bagels, tin of soup, half a bag of quorn hotdogs, tin of spaghetti hoops, spread, two bottles of piri piri sauce, half a bag of quorn pieces, several onions, half a pepper, last of violife sausages, two potatoes, last of sweetcorn, handful of green beans, several ingredients for Bosh vegan cake which has been made into cupcakes and almost all gone, pizza and more birthday cake. Plus drinks, coffee/tea/water/milk and juice.

    Forgot avocados, sugar, strawberries and blueberries.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 13th Apr 17, 10:04 AM
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    I had a very pasta-y day yesterday as i used up a spoonful of leftover pasta bake for lunch with a couple of quorn sausages and then made pasta for tea with the last of a packet of veggie chorizo, some purple sprouting broccoli, spinach and the remains of a jar of chilli pesto. Maybe I'll have something different today. :-)
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 14th Apr 17, 10:57 AM
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    Added to my coffee mountain yesterday. I like the Douwe Egberts instant for everyday and it was on offer for £4 a big jar instead of £5.95. I bought five!

    I need to do a freezer audit as we have been away for almost a fortnight, leaving DS house and cat sitting and he records nothing. Lots of biscuit crumbs though...
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    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 15th Apr 17, 8:50 AM
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    Mea culpa, mea culpa. In Ulverston diving for the weekend. They have the most amazing butcher. I couldn't resist. New season leg of lamb, Gloucester old spot sausages, free range chicken. It's the sort of place they can pretty much tell you the name of the animal it came from.

    £45 later (I was astounded at the price actually), I am refilling the freezer.

    I also put in a relatively small Musclefood order to arrive next week. I was panicking at my lack of chicken breasts.
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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 15th Apr 17, 2:16 PM
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    IN
    Shopping from Asdas, and last night some bread and doughnuts from work. Then this morning i went to the local Food Club shop and Morrisons. There i got biscuit spread x 2, roasted peanuts, tinned tomatoes, potatoes and kidney beans, pretzels, cranberry juice, chilli chocolate, dates and pain au chocolate (think that was it). From Morrisons, i got spring onions, YS mushrooms, courgettes, cauli, two peppers, leeks, swede, bananas and YS mini weetabix and violife

    OUT
    Parsley and kale in the bin (both gone off), small amount of walnuts/breadcrumbs/herbs and spices for meatless balls, pasta, last of violife, last of vbites ham, bagels, tin of soup, half a bag of quorn hotdogs, tin of spaghetti hoops, spread, two bottles of piri piri sauce, half a bag of quorn pieces, several onions, half a pepper, last of violife sausages, two potatoes, last of sweetcorn, handful of green beans, several ingredients for Bosh vegan cake which has been made into cupcakes and almost all gone, pizza and more birthday cake. Plus drinks, coffee/tea/water/milk and juice.

    Forgot avocados, sugar, strawberries and blueberries.
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Friday
    IN
    Think i bought leeks, turnip, YS cauliflower, YS avocados, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, spring greens, sugar and a date and walnut cob ( didn't need and could possibly make myself, but just sounded nice). Possibly more ...

    OUT
    Cob, spread,bananas, ( whatever daughter has had for dinner) LMc Sausages, parsnips x 4 ( very wrinkly), potatoes x 2, onion gravy, two large carrots, one head of spring green, tea/coffee/juice/water

    Today
    IN
    so far nothing, but could change as in work at 3pm!!

    OUT slices of bread, spread, avocado (1.5) tea/coffee/milk/sugar. DD2 pain au chocolat, banana and a Mars Bars ( i know, very healthy )!
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    • WeeMidgie
    • By WeeMidgie 15th Apr 17, 6:19 PM
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    Out

    I made wraps using gram flour from my store cupboard, to use with the remains of a chicken stir fry. One wrap is In the fridge, to have toasted with my soup tomorrow.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 15th Apr 17, 6:33 PM
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    Just made my first batch of strawberry vodka, ready for a cocktail party in early June.
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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 15th Apr 17, 8:30 PM
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    Today
    IN
    so far nothing, but could change as in work at 3pm!!

    OUT slices of bread, spread, avocado (1.5) tea/coffee/milk/sugar. DD2 pain au chocolat, banana and a Mars Bars ( i know, very healthy )!
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    IN Bottle of D and B, oatly, alpro custard, easter egg and flake choc tarts, meat free sausages, onion bhajis, vbites slices and garlic bread ( to be turned into vegan pizza)

    OUT takeaway curry (bought on 5/4 for daughter's birthday and frozen), rice, curry paste, onions, 1/3 pepper, quorn pieces, clay oven naan bread and bhajis.

    Predicted later tonight ... outs - d and b pop, beer, chocolate, sweets, and possibly pretzels and/or nuts
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 16th Apr 17, 11:20 AM
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    Last night we used up a butternut squash and mushroom pie that had been in the freezer since Xmas and it was one of those that looked a lot better on the box than it tasted. Too much pastry and not enough filling for my liking. Still, more space in the freezer is good!

    Strawberry vodka sounds good. We made rasberry gin a few years back and it was excellent. Even better was the one we made with rasberry and blueberry together. Yum, yum, yum!
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 16th Apr 17, 8:57 PM
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    Turned my 2 Easter eggs into chocolate brownies, which used up a good amount of cocoa powder, golden syrup, honey and all my caster sugar.

    They should keep my boyfriend out of trouble for a while

    Had my brother come to stay this weekend and as a result I am very low on beer!
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 17th Apr 17, 8:25 AM
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    Strawberry vodka sounds good. We made rasberry gin a few years back and it was excellent. Even better was the one we made with rasberry and blueberry together. Yum, yum, yum!
    Originally posted by Ginmonster
    Ooh, raspberry and blueberry. I may have to try that when my own raspberries are over-producing
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 17th Apr 17, 10:56 AM
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    Back home after op and recovery at daughter's so am using freezer stuff I had made pre-op. Son brings me cooked dinners (the meaty part) but they have large portions so they make 2 meals for me, even my own bol mix now makes 2 meals, must be off feed at the moment. Did manage to get a box of wonky veg last week, reduced from £3.50 to £2.99 and have used most of it so not used a lot of the frozen veg. Noticed top drawer of freezer has quite a build up of ice so will just have to try hard to use stuff so freezer can be defrosted as soon as I am fit enough (or get some-one to do it for me). Tinned goods have also reduced quite a lot so will have to restock a little but lesson has been learnt honest! Tinned fruit, evap, corned beef, veg. Onwards and upwards.
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 17th Apr 17, 3:29 PM
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    Have banished lots of leftover and half eaten chocolate into a tiffin, will make hot cross bun bread and butter pudding later that will also use up a few store cupboard bits.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 17th Apr 17, 6:02 PM
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    Used up some bread flour, leftover yogurt and all my frozen berries as well as some icing sugar doing a bit more baking.
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    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 17th Apr 17, 7:00 PM
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    Made a huge vat of Arrabiatta sauce, turkey muffins, Chicken Bacon and Mushroom casserole and baked sweet potatoes. All gone in the freezer. It's filling up again and the MF order hasn't arrived yet.

    However, the new season lamb for lunch was delicious, and well worth the expense. It will do DH and I another meal and then probably a curry.

    Tonight I have used up an about to turn Avocado with tuna and salad. I'm going to make custard to have over some YS raspberries.

    We have 2 large milk chocolate Easter eggs which I need to resist. I'm going to find a recipe an bake with them for DH to take something with lunches.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Apr 17, 8:11 PM
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    Various things in and out over the weekend and keeping my fingers crossed the kids have marked up the freezer inventory!

    Today:-
    In- 2 tattie scones
    Out- Gammon steak, pine apple ring
    Used up - various LO buffet bits
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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 19th Apr 17, 12:53 AM
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    IN Bottle of D and B, oatly, alpro custard, easter egg and flake choc tarts, meat free sausages, onion bhajis, vbites slices and garlic bread ( to be turned into vegan pizza)

    OUT takeaway curry (bought on 5/4 for daughter's birthday and frozen), rice, curry paste, onions, 1/3 pepper, quorn pieces, clay oven naan bread and bhajis.

    Predicted later tonight ... outs - d and b pop, beer, chocolate, sweets, and possibly pretzels and/or nuts
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Saturday night ...as above, plus tiny sliver of chilli chocolate which i was really looking forward to, but didn't really like. May melt down to make something else.

    Sunday
    IN Nothing
    OUT pasta, mince, chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bread, lettuce, cucumber, crisps, usual spread, tea/coffee/sugar/milk. More chocolate (DD2)

    Monday
    IN seed bars x 2 (got asked to stay two hours extra at work and by this point was famished), ys part baked baguettes
    OUT bread, spread, avocado, garlic pizza bread, spring onions, mushrooms, pepper, small portion of vegan hoi sin duck, chickpeas and broadbeans (which i didn't like and were lingering in freezer) into houmous ... this also used up last of the tahini, a bit of olive oil and fresh mint from freezer. Also, part baked baguette, cucumber, peas, noodles, quorn bites, biscuits. Packed lunch and whatever DD had for her dinner. Tea/coffee/milk/sugar/juice

    Tuesday
    INReduced easter eggs at work, tooty fruities (as they are vegan and don't aleays sell them at work) and ys milk for DD.
    OUT wraps, lettuce, beetroot burgers (freezer), biscuits, and whatever DD has had whilst at work (i spy burger box in recycling and Cadbury flake tart box), baguettes, houmous, cucumber, packed lunch bits and tea/coffee/sugar/milk/juice.

    Expecting Tesco shopping today, so predicting (providing no subs or missing items)
    Wednesday
    IN
    Cupboard - vegan mayo, tinned toms x 3, hemp milk x 4, pop x 2, oatly milk x 2, drumstick and refresher choos (new vegan sweets)
    Fridge - grapes, apples, beansprouts, onions, vegan jalapeno and chilli cheese, vegan parmesan, peppers x 2
    Frozen - 6 pack of burger buns x 2, y. puds, petits pois, brocolli, vegan chorizo sausages, tofu, fishless fingers x 2, vegan scampi and corn on the cob
    Last edited by K9sandFelines; 19-04-2017 at 12:57 AM.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 19th Apr 17, 2:55 PM
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    K9sandFelines How do you remember what you used last Saturday. I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday let alone 4 days ago

    Out:- a portion of plain cooked venison and one of plain cooked plums. I'll turn the venison into a casserole with some vegetables from the fridge and the plums into a pie. - that's tea sorted

    In:- I needed to go to the bank this AM and the only place to park was in the M&S carpark. On the way back I spotted quite a lot of fish were displaying YS so quite a bit ended up in my trolley. It didn't do much for the monthly food budget but at least it will be make nice change.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 19th Apr 17, 5:05 PM
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    K9sandfelines - i don't like chilli chocolate either. I like chilli and i like chocolate though. I got given some so I've been adding it a bit at a time to any veggie chillies I've made. That works fine and adds to the taste.

    Hubby made us toad in the hole last night for tea and used up the last of the frozen quorn sausages thank goodness. I've realised i really don't like them, they have a strange texture. I took leftover black bean and pineapple stew in for lunch today so there's no leftovers left in the fridge now. :-)

    Toast for tea tonight as we're rushing out to a concert. A rare treat!
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 19th Apr 17, 5:55 PM
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    K9sandFelines How do you remember what you used last Saturday. I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday let alone 4 days ago

    Out:- a portion of plain cooked venison and one of plain cooked plums. I'll turn the venison into a casserole with some vegetables from the fridge and the plums into a pie. - that's tea sorted

    In:- I needed to go to the bank this AM and the only place to park was in the M&S carpark. On the way back I spotted quite a lot of fish were displaying YS so quite a bit ended up in my trolley. It didn't do much for the monthly food budget but at least it will be make nice change.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    I would be exactly the same if it wasn't for my fitness pal. I have a rough idea from that what has gone out, and i cross reference anything in with spends on YNAB, otherwise i would be clueless
    Last edited by K9sandFelines; 17-05-2017 at 12:58 PM. Reason: Typos
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