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January 2013 Grocery Challenge

edited 12 December 2012 at 3:40PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Mrs_T_MMrs_T_M Forumite
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    Peanut - Here's the recipe (it worked up quite well!)

    Hamburger or hot dog buns
    Makes 12 servings

    1 cup (236 ml) milk
    1/2 cup (118 ml) water
    1/4 cup (55 g) butter
    up to 4 1/2 cups (700 g) plain flour
    1 1/4 tsp (~7 g) yeast
    2 tbsp (25 g) sugar
    1 1/2 tsp (~9 g) salt
    1 egg

    In a small saucepan, heat milk, water and butter until very warm, between 110F-120F (44C-48C) (if you don't have a thermometer, stick a clean finger in the mix, you want to be able to hold it there for about 4-5 seconds, but no longer).

    In a large bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cups (270 g) flour, the yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix the warm milk mixture into the flour mixture, then add the egg.

    Add just enough flour to form a loose dough, I added 3 doses of 100 g flour each time, for a total of 570 g flour used. This will vary based on the ambient humidity. The drier it is, the less flour you need, the wetter it is, the more flour you need.

    Once the dough has pulled together (and by this point your arm will feel like it will fall off from stirring!!!), lightly flour a clean kitchen counter or table, dump the dough ball out onto the floured surface and knead for about 5-8 minutes.

    Make the dough into a log (remember your play dough or clay from primary school!) and cut into 12 pieces. I use a pair of clean scissors to make this easier. They don't have to be exactly the same size, after all, that's one of the charms of homemade bread!

    Shape the dough into round balls and place on a greased baking sheet (or use greaseproof or parchment paper). Flatten each ball slightly. Cover and let rise for 30-35 minutes. This step can take as long as an hour or so, depending on the temperature where they are rising and the humidity.

    I placed the two pans of dough balls into the oven (turned off and cooled from when I was baking earlier) on the two top racks, then I put a baking dish under those on a third rack (the floor of the oven works fine, so long as there isn't a heating element down there!). Boil some water in the kettle, pour the water slowly into the baking dish, slide the baking dish into the oven and close the door. The heat and humidity from the boiled water will make the dough rise quicker, even with a cold house. Be sure to place a towel below your oven door, the humidity can run down the front of the door onto the floor. Great way to clean an oven door though!

    Anyway - after the dough has risen, bake at 400F/205C/gas mark 6 for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.

    For hot dog buns: Shape each of the 12 pieces into a 6 inch by 4 inch rectangle (or close to it, doesn't need to be exact). Starting with the longer side, roll up tightly and pinch the edges and ends to seal. Let rise for 20-25 minutes. Bake the same as the hamburger buns.

    To make onion rolls (my favourite!): add 2 tbsp dried minced onion and 1/2 tsp onion salt to the flour mixture (reduce the salt in the recipe to 1 tsp (~6 g)). Brush with egg and sprinkle dried onion over the tops and bake as normal.

    Hope this helps! :)

    Also, sorry if I've made any mistakes with my spelling!
    Baby Dale
    26th January 2014 - Forever in our hearts
    Eli Gabriel 19th February 2015
  • edited 2 January 2013 at 3:03PM
    meanmariemeanmarie Forumite
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    edited 2 January 2013 at 3:03PM
    First spend of 2013 was €45.85, which I am determined is going to last us for at least 2 weeks.....OH doesn't know that,but if he wants to spend more he can use his pocket money!

    Belt really needs to be tightened this year....first budget trial was €200 over income, so some severe tweaking to be done.

    Weight 08 February 86kg
  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    Worked yesterday so didn't get a chance, but now budgets are done to here :)

    Welcome to those joining/returning:
    lucylollipop, Penry, lynney88, hedgesparrow, Chloris, 4weeladdies, loobylou79, chirpycheap, Byatt, emmad5689, wannabe sybil, theskintfamily, TylersMummy, twisting, LMac, loveasale, Karb, hex2, WonderfulLife, thewestfive, FrugalinStrood, cheesedoffwithdebt, missmucksmum, Mrsgibbs1503, Sazdaz, dizzy lizzie, tyaca, Want-To-Fit-In, newleaf88, flyingmamma, xx_Jo_xx, jem132, totallybored and Lovethenight :D

    DPJames - as others have said, the thread is very long this month due to lots of new people joining. For many people this thread is invaluable for getting a grip of finances, usually after a LBM or a change in circumstances. The recipe section is extremely useful and I for one have used it many times to great success. A lot of folks need to track their spends and like to share if they have seen something on offer that may interest others. This thread is a lot of things, to a lot of people. Please don't do it down. Keeping track, making lists, and being accountable for every penny is, unfortunately a way of life for many of us, and not just those born under Virgo :D

    My own Jan GC is now up and running! Nice to see you everybody :wave:

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  • Went for a lovely long walk around town after ny marking today. Spent £10.90, picking up some toiletries, the bits I needed for the rest of the week, and a crochet hook. Obviously, the most important bit there is the hook - it'll keep me out of trouble later! Also, I'm probably miles behind here, but I was very excited to find WW biscuits and crackers (amongst other ww goodies) in poundstretcher today :)
    *2016 - the year of the savings account!*

    GC: Jan (£300/£179.76) 8 NSD
    Diet: 60lbs this year - so far: 0.5
  • £10.83 spent at Asda on veg, fruit and beans mostly. Tesco delivery came this morning - it was late so had the delivery charge refunded which was nice. Had some substitutions one of which I returned so I think my spend was £25.52, this is for this week and some dry/canned goods for next week.
    Stay at home Mum to DS Oct 2011 and DD Dec 2013
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    April 298.08/300.00 NSD 14 May £213.56/£300 NSD 4
  • Thank you so much for the recipe! Need eggs and yeast but am hitting Mr T tomorrow so will grab them then :)
  • Hello, hope you're all well!
    I'm back in my flat and have stocked up on most of the cupboard items I will need for Jan- I got as much as I could carry in Mr.A so I hope I won't need another trip there this month but we shall see!

    I got 2 each of SP pasta and SP spaghetti- 30p each, I know they were 20p for a while but prices seem to have gone up everywhere, these are the cheapest as far as I know. Also got basmati rice, bread flour, wine and nibbles for new year (not counting that as groceries though- that's my 'fun' budget!)
    I won't have chance to bake any bread til the weekend but I resisted buying some and have opted to have pasta for my lunch every day rather than sandwiches this week.
    Also got some fruit, veg, milk and eggs for the week. Managed to get away with paying 2p for 6 bananas :eek: I did try to tell the cashier the scales didn't seem to be working properly but he wasn't interested!

    Forgot to get meat out of the freezer so looks like it will be a vegetarian dinner again tonight, whoops, must remember tomorrow morning!
    Signature updated
    Nov Groceries: approx £90
    Dec GC: £31.93/£60 Jan GC: £33.55/£45 Feb GC: £0/£45
    Pot: Dec 195/ Jan 147/ Feb 114/ Mar 43
    Total: 499
  • ChlorisChloris Forumite
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    Sig updated, £5.43 in the c0-0p, milk etc. Will need to meal plan from tomorrow but my dh does the shopping and I don't know when he will want to do it! We are so out of routine. Will look in the fridge and cupboards and work out what needs using up first and go from there!
  • chirpycheapchirpycheap Forumite
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    DPJames wrote: »
    I'll be doing the grocery challenge this year. But reading through this thread is far too time consuming. And once you've waded through all the inane comments, there's not very much advice at all really, and what there is is common sense. I've honestly nodded off twice just reading the last 5 pages.

    I'll go it alone and save you all from even more pointless comments about how I spent £2.17 on milk and butter in Tescos today. Or about how many kids, dogs, fish, sponging brother in laws I have.

    And to those sticking around, before you hit 'Post Reply', just have a think and see if what you're posting is actually relevant to anyone else.

    I am new here but in contrast to DP James have found this forum motivating and useful. People explaining how they have spent their grocery money is exactly what I would expect from a 'Grocery Challenge' thread! :rotfl:

    Anyway used up bruised bananas today to make banana 'icecream' - delicious! Car passed it's MOT so only the £47 for the test to pay - MOTs can turn into such an unexpected and unpredictable expense so relieved that it passed. Often wonder whether it would be cheaper to give up the car and use taxis!
    Stashbusting 2019 - 230/300
  • edited 2 January 2013 at 4:08PM
    Mrs_T_MMrs_T_M Forumite
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    edited 2 January 2013 at 4:08PM
    Peanut2013 wrote: »
    Thank you so much for the recipe! Need eggs and yeast but am hitting Mr T tomorrow so will grab them then :)

    Mine are taking a loooong time to rise, so hopefully you'll have better luck at getting them to rise properly. :o

    If not, cook them anyway and slice them in half. They will taste just as good, they will just be a bit denser. :)

    I've had to stop baking for today, I've ran completely out of flour! Well, I have enough for the naan bread tonight, but that's it! I'll go get some at Aldi tomorrow (55p/1.5kg) instead of letting DH buy some at Sainsbury's (60p/1.5kg!).
    Baby Dale
    26th January 2014 - Forever in our hearts
    Eli Gabriel 19th February 2015
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