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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
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 29th Sep 17, 12:01 PM
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    Out:- 1.2kg mince, to turn into cottage pies to go back into freezer
    carrots etc from fridge, potatoes from veg patch.
    Also, 2 portions of already cooked venison,
    veg and apples from store rest from fridge and cupboards
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 215.14/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 29th Sep 17, 12:25 PM
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    Oh my, all my stores are stuffed with produce from fruit and veg plots. I still have to stock up on plain and S/R flour as making biscuits for the MacMillan Coffee Morning means I have hardly any left and also transferred the last of the jumbo organic oats into the breakfast cereal jar last night.

    I am also hoping DH will take both the packs of fondant icing to feed the honey bees in our hive - quite a small colony; I am hoping we can bolster their chances of survival with a bit of insulation and plenty of food.

    I have so much to process and not enough time. Must buy sugar and vinegar when in the next town where there is a bigger SM. Got a Waitress voucher so might get the sugar there
    MFiT T4 #2 update 31.2% after Q6
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 29th Sep 17, 4:17 PM
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    Since 25/9/17 -

    - Food ingredients to support health obtained. Some were special offer.

    - The online (food) grocery order was one week earlier than expected as the person I share delivery costs with needed to do so. Most of my expenditure was on UHT milk to last at least 2 weeks.

    - Continue to "prepare for winter" by stocking up on bulk non-food household items and a few food store cupboard items. The latter having a long BBE date.

    Still using up what I have slowly but think I need some kind of mini - challenge?
    • caronc
    • By caronc 29th Sep 17, 7:33 PM
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    In: tinned chickpeas & soup, cupasoup also have a small meat order to sort out so some of that will end up in the freezer, 5 bags of skinned homegrown tomatoes
    Out: crusty roll,
    Used up: runner beans
    Last edited by caronc; 29-09-2017 at 8:16 PM.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 30th Sep 17, 7:24 AM
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    Still using up what I have slowly but think I need some kind of mini - challenge?
    Originally posted by dannie
    Any thoughts what? I have been thinking that myself. I was thinking about trying to reduce some of the dry goods to form the basis of meals during the week, only topping up with bits of meat left over from the weekend
    MFiT T4 #2 update 31.2% after Q6
    Save £12k in 2017 #64 - £8833.96 saved (80.31%) after September - my annual target is £11,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2017 budget of £3,600 £3000 (reduced from Apr) - 70.68/75% including stores after July
    My DFD is http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5593594
    • caronc
    • By caronc 30th Sep 17, 7:17 PM
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    In: pork chop, 2 pork steaks, pork hock
    Out: Ciabatta roll, 2 sausages
    Used up: massive beef tomato, red pepper, cold meat, chutney
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 1st Oct 17, 12:35 AM
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    Out 2 slices bread, portion turkey casserole
    rest from stores

    IN The first of my massive cook-in for January. 6 x individual portions of shepherds pie. I've put carrots, swede, leek and celery in with the mince to bulk it out.
    10 x individual apple sponge puddings. I made a huge one in a roasting tray and divided it into individual portions.
    Everything well packaged and well labelled with instructions about defrosting and reheating.
    The best thing of all was I didn't have to buy any ingredients at all for the above meals.
    I'm going to have a look tomorrow at what else I can cook without spending any money.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 215.14/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • dannie
    • By dannie 1st Oct 17, 5:58 AM
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    Suffolk lass - Sorry for the delay in replying. Still deciding, so will post with my idea(s) when possible.
    • Primrose
    • By Primrose 1st Oct 17, 8:05 AM
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    Zaffiro, well done on your first cooking marathon! . A small handful of red lentils thrown in with your mince will also help to bulk out any dishes.

    Beef or lamb casseroles can be cooked in bulk with mashed potatoes cooked separately and layered on top of the freezer containers when cold for easy portioning.. bags of mixed chopped cooked apples, pears & sultanas can be frozen for easy desserts if you're happy to use long life cream or cartons of ready made custard.

    Just in case your convalescence has to last longer than planned it might be a good idea to start researching if there are any daily suppliers of ready cooked meals in your area. These will obviously be more expensive than your own cooked meals (and your husband will realise what a bargain chef he has married,) but in an emergency they might be a useful back up. Hope all this cooking and standing on your feet is not exhausting you too much. Take things as easy as you can. You'll want to be in good physical condition for your surgery..
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 1st Oct 17, 9:13 AM
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    My Mini challenge was to reduce stocks in freezer as well as cupboards but I just do not seem to manage it. Have succumbed and have finally decided to a) move tumble dryer (seldom used) into outhouse, near power supply in case, then I can move small freezer into the hole left in utility area which will free up the space in pantry to put a tallish upright freezer. So far dryer moved but will need to be well organised for next part of move. This is freezer only so far.
    • dannie
    • By dannie 1st Oct 17, 4:45 PM
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    dannie
    30th September 2017 - Checked the fridge and freezer to determine what ingredients could make soup. Made two. Also, put into one drawer all those items that I intend to use up first.

    Suffolk lass - My plan will be to use up food from this drawer and also to keep things simple, in order to free time to do other activities. I spend far too long in the kitchen. Hope your idea works for you if you decide upon doing it.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 1st Oct 17, 6:58 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: 2 crumpets, tin of soup, gammon steak, pineapple rings
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Oct 17, 6:35 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: 2 crumpets, turkey kiev, veggie bake
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 2nd Oct 17, 11:41 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: 2 slices of bread, i ribeye steak, ice cream,
    rest from fridge, and veg plot.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 215.14/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd Oct 17, 8:36 PM
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    In: lamb breast joint, corn cobs, broad beans
    Out: large brisket joint, beef hough, beef links, cooking bacon, lentils, white sauce, part-baked rolls, cod portion, parsley, mash, bread (phew quite a lot out today, why is there still no space....)
    Used up: cheese spread
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 3rd Oct 17, 11:25 PM
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    Out:- large turkey breast, 3pks streaky bacon, chestnuts, 3 slices bread, pk HM icecream, 4 small turkey swiss rolls. 2 pks pork and apple sausages. Rest from cupboards, fridge and store.
    In:- 12 x turkey swiss rolls, 5 x turkey plait.

    DH trainer was here this Am so the 4 small turkey swiss rolls did for lunch with a salad. This meant I had none left in the freezer so the 12 new ones are the latest ones - all labelled including defrost and final cooking instructions and well packaged. There were 5 plaits not 6 as intended as one ended up being for tea, again labelled and well packaged.

    I've now a total of 24 individual dinners frozen - but no accompaniments, 2 lunches and 10 puddings. I've estimated I need 70 in each category.

    Has anyone ever frozen mash potato. I tried the other day but I think I need to add far more milk/butter/cream than usual because when I tried to reheat it, it felt quite dry not creamy - any ideas?
    Last edited by zafiro1984; 03-10-2017 at 11:29 PM.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 215.14/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • dannie
    • By dannie 4th Oct 17, 5:49 AM
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    Worked out that in September 2017, I was within food budget.

    Since 1/10/17 -

    Have been making a little progress using up sweet and savoury recipes from one freezer drawer. Also, keep removing quite bulky "yellow sticker" sliced bread. Some of the recent soup making has meant that it was refrozen but am taking one out each day, to use up with fridge perishables.

    Improving upon keeping meals more simple and reducing time in the kitchen. However, doing other activities is still more difficult.

    From another freezer drawer, all this years free blackberries (1235 gr) have been finished, excluding some that remain in a few recipes such as desserts, jam and homemade vinegars. Other vinegar recipes have had some old spices added.
    Last edited by dannie; 04-10-2017 at 6:04 AM.
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 4th Oct 17, 2:49 PM
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    In: macadamia & cashew nuts
    Out: 1 bag shallots (have caramelized and will make into filo tarts or 'jam')
    3 red onions (cooked as 'steaks' with maple syrup and wholegrain mustard)
    1 bag new potatoes,1 bulb garlic, 2 onions,4 lemonsm(made into Moroccan lemon & potato casserole)
    1 bag frozen broad beans, 1 sprig mint, 1 red onion (cooked, shelled and will be served with red onion, mint and lime juice as a side)
    Frozen sweetcorn, frozen pomegranate seeds, 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit (all made into a salad)

    I have done a quick reccie of the cupboards and freezer....think I should have pretty much all I need for the month!!
    MFW £3510.00/£22968.96: October GC £30/£300
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Oct 17, 7:41 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: chicken wings, ciabatta roll
    Used up: nothing
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • dannie
    • By dannie 6th Oct 17, 5:58 AM
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    Since last Tuesday -

    My online (food) grocery order was brought forward by one week by the person I share delivery costs with. My food purchases mainly covered top-ups on fresh/UHT milk and three store cupboard items (special offers on normally purchased ingredients). There was only one small fridge item ordered which is being used alongside present food "stocks".

    The freezer drawer of items I am intending using up first is looking more spacious, although some of them are in the fridge to prompt me to use first! Still trying to keep things simple and create more time.
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