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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 8:17 AM
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    redfox
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two
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    • 21st Oct 13, 8:17 AM
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two 21st Oct 13 at 8:17 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 volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. 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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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Feb 19, 7:51 AM
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    pamsdish
    IN Nothing
    OUT Chicken leg.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Feb 19, 6:47 PM
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    caronc
    In: pork fillet, sausages
    Out: nothing
    Used up: swede, parsnips

    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 13th Feb 19, 1:23 PM
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    milasavesmoney
    Yesterday
    IN: chocolate, crisps, eggs, milk, huge bag of fiesta grated cheese.

    OUT: frozen tomato paste, frozen meatballs, mushrooms, celery, onion, carrots, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, spices, red wine, chicken broth, spiral pasta

    Today
    OUT: chicken thighs, mushrooms, leeks, Asiago, frozen broccoli (side)
    Frozen egg whites, pecans etc for a Ritz cracker pie
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 13th Feb 19, 5:44 PM
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    pamsdish
    Out today for a birthday brunch with my neighbour, called at Asda.
    IN Duck, will cut in half for 2 lots of meals
    OUT 2 Feta tarts for tonight for a easy meal.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Feb 19, 6:38 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: smoked sausage & bean stew
    Used up: coleslaw, cottage cheese, root veg mash

    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Feb 19, 6:25 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: tea bags, corn, condensed soup, spinach
    Used up: OOD milk

    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 15th Feb 19, 7:37 AM
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    pamsdish
    OUT took a slice of belly out yesterday for dinner, didn`t eat it so will today with celeriac wedges.
    IN nothing , up to yet. 2 lge battered cod.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 15-02-2019 at 10:55 AM.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 15th Feb 19, 9:16 AM
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    milasavesmoney
    IN: 10 cans of on sale diced tomatoes, wine—both red and white, chorizo, beef ready to cook avadado
    (looks fantastic), 1 bottle of Sprite (to put a little in my Valentines roses)

    OUT: leftover casserole
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th Feb 19, 2:40 PM
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    zafiro1984
    I've spent the morning batch cooking as I have need to have several meals frozen for next week so my DH can eat as next Monday is the day I have my knee replaced and I don't expect to be home and mobile until the end of the week.

    OUT from the freezers:- a large breast of turkey, turkey thigh, bacon, uncooked apricot stuffing, chestnuts, large venison fillet, pate, onions, garlic, puff pastry, bramley apples, freezer mincemeat, egg whites, more frozen fruit from the veg plot (blackberries, red/white and black currents, rhubarb, raspberries), peas, dwarf green beans
    OUT from store/veg plot, fridge and cupboards - potatoes, carrots, leeks, sprouts kale, pears, oranges, parsnips, swede, celery.

    IN:- 10 x partly cooked turkey and bacon 'swiss rolls' with apricot stuffing,
    1 x turkey thigh, cooked but not brown
    7 x partly cooked venison wellingtons
    3 x venison casseroles with sliced potato topping
    3 x apple and mincemeat puffs
    2 x apple and berry pies
    2 x rhubarb and orange crumbles
    4 x berry crumbles
    6 x pears in red wine
    32 meringues I just need to dip the bases in chocolate
    10 x individual portions of potato mash
    8 x vegetables two types in each container egs cooked sprouts with chestnuts and bacon plus peas, or swede and carrot mash plus green beans.

    Obviously one person cannot eat all that in one week so it will stand us in good stead for when I come home to the usual words of 'What's for Tea' My DH has never mastered the art of how to turn on the cooker but he's pretty brilliant at things I can't do like mending broken legs.

    I just put everything he needs in the kitchen freezer - which includes some previously made items not on the list above - each with instructions on how to reheat them. I just need to make a menu plan for him and check he knows where the kitchen freezer is

    PHEW!!!! Now to tidy up and have a cup of coffee
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 16th Feb 19, 10:09 AM
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    whmf00001
    Instead of putting ys veg in freezers I have cooked stir fry (for 2 days meals) and a sc full of veg curry, at least 2 for freezers, going to make soup, maybe 2 for freezers. Cupboard use was some Marigold curry and a tin of new potatoes, used up the remainder of a red pepper and some cooked chicken. Think I am going the wrong way.
    • milasavesmoney
    • By milasavesmoney 16th Feb 19, 6:21 PM
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    milasavesmoney
    Out: dried pinto beans, onion, stew meat, frozen asada sauce
    Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    [Regina Brett]
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Feb 19, 6:43 PM
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    caronc
    Yesterday & today
    In: pea & ham soup, ham, veg & mushroom sauce
    Out: breaded haddock, peas, spinach, soda scone, chicken thigh

    Used up: bread, marmalade, cooked ham

    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 17th Feb 19, 7:55 AM
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    pamsdish
    IN 1 Naan bread
    OUT 1/2 duck for Sunday/Monday, beef cubes for curry yesterday.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Feb 19, 6:30 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: spinach, Greek pitta, soda scone, lorne, green chilli

    Used up: 1/2 red pepper

    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 18th Feb 19, 3:11 PM
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    pamsdish
    IN nothing
    OUT 2 frozen faggots,
    I don`t keep track of what`s in my cupboards, I have noticed however I am starting to see some elbow room.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Feb 19, 6:14 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: leek & potato soup, chicken burger, rice, peas, curry sauce powder
    Used up: OOD eggs

    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th Feb 19, 6:43 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: leek & potato soup, sausages, chick pea/veg/lentil mix
    Used up: curry sauce, egg mayo

    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 24th Feb 19, 2:34 PM
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    zafiro1984
    Thank goodness for the freezers - they are my inanimate friends

    I came home from hospital yesterday after spending time having a knee replaced. I knew I'd be on a couple of crutches for a few weeks and unable to function probably.
    So homemade meals for a couple of weeks all ready in the freezers. They just need defrosting and sticking in the microwave.

    Freezers are great
    Last edited by zafiro1984; 24-02-2019 at 2:37 PM.
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 24th Feb 19, 4:08 PM
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    pamsdish
    Found a bag of sliced onions now I have some room and can see what`s in
    there, had about 4 or 5 of these as I was getting ready to batch cook a lot of sage and onion stuffing for my daughter in law, plans and marriage fell apart.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1445-13=1432-31=1401-32=1369-4=1365=18=1347
    • caronc
    • By caronc 24th Feb 19, 6:27 PM
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    caronc
    Hope you recover well Zafiro. I love my freezers too
    I've decided until the current uncertainities re food supply are clearer that I'm going to build rather than deplete stocks. I was poorly during the week and it brought home to me how reliant I am on grocery deliveries and having a good reserve of food as shopping around isn't an option even on good days. I'll still work on making sure things don't get "lost" in my cupboards/freezers but probably won't post as much on this thread.
    Since I last posted I've used up most of my HM soup stocks and a couple of HM ready meals as well as some pre-made bits - so handy when you're laid up. I may well make more soup this week as unless it's tropical weather I like soup for lunch. I cooked a boned 1/2 leg of lamb today that had been lurking for well over a year (nearer 2) but as it was vac-packed there was no freezer burn or texture loss. Some cooked lamb will no doubt end up in the freezer.

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