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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 6th Oct 17, 3:44 PM
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    Trying to eat mainly from the fridge/cupboards today so lunch was easy egg on toast for DH and poached egg and the rest of an open packet of Uncle Ben's grains.
    Tea will be a gammon steak and half a gammon steak for me. I think I'll use the remaining half tomorrow in a flan as there should be enough. Vegs out of the fridge and store. Pudding - not sure, I rather fancy making bread pudding as we have not had it for ages. Probably just make enough for one - not for me but for DH as I'm on a diet - again.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 8th Oct 17, 11:25 PM
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    OUT:- from the fridge, vegetables, apple, pear, cheese, cream
    cupboards/store - walnuts, pilchards, chocolate, potatoes, biscuits.
    freezer - icecream, soup, bread rolls, 1 portion venison casserole,
    IN - nothing.
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    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 9th Oct 17, 5:58 AM
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    Florence J
    Finally used up a packet of icing sugar which has been in my cupboard for so long, we are talking at least years. I don't think I will be buying that again in a hurry.

    Used up a bag of walnuts and finished my mixed dried fruit.
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    • TheMsTeal
    • By TheMsTeal 9th Oct 17, 9:52 AM
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    Finally used a frozen bag of vegetarian chicken pieces, a frozen pack of puff pastry and a tin of mushrooms - made a nice vegetarian chicken & mushroom pie. Easy to make and sorted dinner for tonight.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 17, 10:40 AM
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    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?
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    Sorry been awol due to having visitors. I freeze mash all the time as I love it but it's a pain just to make one portion. What works for me is to either a) freeze it just mashed with no butter/milk added and add it when reheating or b)to add a bit more milk than I would usually do when I'm mashing it before freezing as it does dry up a bit when reheating a) is great if you want mash for fishcakes etc. and b) if you just want a portion to "ping" in the microwave.

    The past few days have mainly involved things going in and then back out of freezer/cupboards. I need to go through the fridge today and will update later.
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    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 9th Oct 17, 4:54 PM
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    I know I've been rubbish at this challenge but I feel like I'm finally making a bit of space in the freezer!

    Last night used two bags of blackcurrants (poss from 2016) to make a cheesecake. Today I've made a lentil bake with a bag of frozen lentil mix and some breadcrumbs I'd forgotten about.

    When looking for the blackcurrants I found lots of blackberries so realised I didn't need to buy frozen berries for my daughter's porridge after all.

    I find this thread so inspiring, thank you for nudging me in the right direction!
    weaving through the chaos...
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 17, 9:21 PM
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    In: lorne sausage, tattie scone, cooked rice, refried beans
    Out: chicken wings
    Used up: corn cobette, salsa, avocado, grated cheese
    Ditched: few spoonfuls butternut squah & lentil chilli
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    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 10th Oct 17, 2:31 PM
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    I remembered to get some pork out of the freezer for tomorrow's dinner. Found a pack of casserole veg, some leeks from the lotty - need to find a recipe I think as my casseroles have been more Miss than hit recently.

    Also defrosting some veg soup for tomorrow's lunch and found some cake. Cake! How could I forget about that? I'd brought it back from a wedding for my daughters- they can eat that while we watch Bake Off tonight.

    Any suggestions for a pork casserole recipe will be gratefully received!
    weaving through the chaos...
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 10th Oct 17, 2:42 PM
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    Pork casserole - cider and apples go well as does a creamy mustard sauce.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Oct 17, 9:03 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: portion of mash, portion beef stew
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Oct 17, 4:02 PM
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    Since my last post (6/10/17) :-

    Some "yellow-sticker" groceries were obtained last weekend but left loads behind that were "cheaply" priced. I had mixed feelings about that.

    The freezer drawer containing items that I am trying to use up first is slowly being done. After that, I will think of another mini-challenge.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 17, 9:09 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: 1/2 portion lasagne, oven chips & peas
    Wasted: spilled the dregs of a carton of cream that I had planned to use tonight in creamy mushroom pasta!
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    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 12th Oct 17, 4:06 PM
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    In the end I did the pork casserole in a spicy tomato sauce with chick peas and chorizo. Not spicy enough to disguise the taste of the frozen veg though, not sure what made it taste so unpleasant, but itís all used up now.

    Defrosting for tomorrow nightís dinner : lamb mince and urad beans (that Iíll pretend are green lentils) to make a shep pie

    Used up last of bottle of wine vinegar (bought by mistake) and popped some popcorn for a long car journey weíll be taking at weekend
    weaving through the chaos...
    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 12th Oct 17, 4:07 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: 1/2 portion lasagne, oven chips & peas
    Wasted: spilled the dregs of a carton of cream that I had planned to use tonight in creamy mushroom pasta!
    Originally posted by caronc
    So frustrating when that happens
    weaving through the chaos...
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Oct 17, 6:51 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: pork steak, mash, kale
    Used up: pate
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Oct 17, 9:05 PM
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    In: 3 ciabatta rolls, peppercorn sauce
    Out: mash, cod, peas, spinach
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 16th Oct 17, 6:26 AM
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    dannie
    The freezer drawer of selected items that I am using up is just two meals away from being achieved. Not much food is being purchased. My UHT milk is running out so will be ordering these online. However, I intend to not make using up "stores" problematic so will choose anything else carefully!
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 16th Oct 17, 9:59 AM
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    Can i join please, lost my job, i just keep spending money i dont have, i'm also following slimming world which is so expensive

    today i'm doing a sw nandos feast - chicken, rice, ys corn on cob, salad
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    • better_times
    • By better_times 16th Oct 17, 10:40 AM
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    better_times
    Can I join please I have a draw freezer under my fridge and a small chest freezer all jam packed, my cupboard is fit to burst too so defiantly need to start doing this ready for Christmas.


    Today:


    IN nothing


    OUT
    Freezer HM roast beef dinner, 2 pots of yogurt, 4 slices of ham, one thin square bread
    Fridge Grated cheese, English mustard
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Oct 17, 7:57 PM
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    I've not posted for a few days as I decided at the weekend that I really needed to sort out my freezers as there was no rhyme or reason to the way I had things stored so although I had lists things were dotted all over the place so it was hard to get a sense of how much of things I had. Gee whizz what a job and what an eye-opener. Suffice to say I have many £100s of frozen food which is both and scary. Some of the excess is planned in as much as I tend to buy a lot of meat in bulk a few times a year but even so....(more is I've been on this thread since early 2017 )

    After a lot of shuffling (and swearing) I now have ordered freezers and up to date lists. On a plus I only found one UFO which didn't relate to anything on the lists which I think might have been egg whites. So that and some rather elderly crusty bread portions was the only wastage.

    Of course on Friday I bought a whole chicken as I had real notion for a proper roast. That's a lot of chicken for a single household and I'm not a great one for eating the same meat day after day. I'll enjoy some of it again tonight but the rest will be frozen tomorrow and as I hate waste any of it stock will be made from the carcass so that will no doubt end up in there too. On a plus I know have little space, which is just as well as I've a load of home grown ripe tomatoes that need processed and frozen.
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