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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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    • dannie
    • By dannie 7th Oct 18, 2:20 PM
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    dannie
    Update for the first week of my mini-challenge (to reduce freezer contents of two full drawers to just one full drawer by the end of this month) :-


    The space in the two freezer drawers appear to make up 31% emptied so far.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Oct 18, 6:34 PM
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    caronc
    AWOL for a few days as my son was here so from memory:-
    In: passatta, part baked baguette

    Out: chicken wings, croquettes, naan bread, mozzarella, tea bags, tomato sauce, spaghetti

    Used up: roast beef, goats cheese, peppers, mushrooms, courgettes

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 8th Oct 18, 7:33 AM
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    JackieO
    after surveying my freezer over the weekend I have definitely decided that its soo in need of a defrost that nothing new is going in until I empty the blooming thing.
    This morning
    Out: with some sausages for dinner tonight
    In: nothing at all

    I swear the stuff in there is multiplying on its own !!!

    JackieO x
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 8th Oct 18, 8:09 AM
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    I have been suffering with a back spasm since last Wednesday, still can`t stand for more than a minute or so, cooked 2 chicken thighs yesterday, sat on a stool and chopped a celeriac into pieces and roasted in oven too, intended a few more veg but in so much pain couldn`t do any more, so.
    OUT 2 chicken thighs, pork chop today.
    making a massage app when they open so may use some more veg and not just reheating the roast celeriac, IF I get the desired result.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1071-15=1056-11=1045-6=1039-20=1019-59=960-59=901
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Oct 18, 7:14 PM
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    Hope the massage helped pamsdish <<hug>>


    Today
    In: nothing
    Out: nothing
    Used up: pepper, mushrooms, LO rice/veg mix, cheese spread

    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 8th Oct 18, 9:59 PM
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    For today -

    OUT of Freezer - 1kg tub of Nana's Magic Soup; 1 pack Gluten Free Thins
    OUT of Fridge - Remains of Chicken from Saturday for Sandwiches; Salad to go in Sandwiches

    INTO Freezer - One Chicken Carcasse for future stock-making.

    Earmarked some Liver in Freezer that'll come out for tomorrow's evening meal .
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 9th Oct 18, 7:52 AM
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    whmf00001
    Know just where you are coming from Pam, I have stool in kitchen and another in bathroom (cleaning teeth). You can cook celariac/swede etc with the singing swede methodin microwave. Chopping can be such hard work I know. I sit and do my prep around 11.00 a.m. in bits and go for sit down in chair inbetween so when I need to put meat part on at least the veg are ready to go. I also put rice/pasta etc in hot water and leave it, when I need to do just bring to boil, it has already softened up so does not take as long.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 9th Oct 18, 9:27 AM
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    Stoke
    Unfortunately, I did have to top up a little bit the other day which is going against my 'eating out of the cupboards' plan. However, back in the game as of today.

    I've got about 15 bottles of Frylight. I stockpiled it when they had it cheap in ALDI. Starting to regret that. No issues, just need to keep using it
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 9th Oct 18, 12:35 PM
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    Olliebeak1951
    OUT of Freezer - Liver for tonight's tea / Broccoli to go with Liver / Stewed Apple for HM Fruit Corner
    OUT of Fridge - Carrots to go with Liver.

    Nothing to go in - No Spend Day !
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 9th Oct 18, 3:19 PM
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    Thanks for the sympathy all, massage today as closed Mondays, not feeling much relief yet, it`s Bowen therapy, apparently it`s better not to feel good too soon. !!!
    Well I will give it a fair trial, another session next Tuesday.
    Having the chop today as had beans on toast yesterday.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 09-10-2018 at 3:21 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Oct 18, 7:44 PM
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    caronc
    In: tattie scones, chicken thighs, coffee, boudoir biscuits, green lentils
    Out: nothing
    Used up: cheese spread

    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Oct 18, 7:23 PM
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    caronc
    In: minced beef
    Out: spaghetti, HM ratatouille, parmesan, cupasoup
    Used up: cottage cheese, coleslaw, cooked ham

    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Oct 18, 5:35 AM
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    dannie
    Just one small fridge content purchased since last Sunday although awaiting an online (food) grocery order today. Will be assessing how far I am, towards having just one freezer drawer full, at the end of this Sunday.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 11th Oct 18, 5:48 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    I've not been keeping a good record but from memory:

    Out: RTC pizza, salmon fillet, still using up cherries, blackcurrants and blackberries a handful a day, handful of prawns, last of the RTC green beans
    In: Nothing
    Feb GC 54.80/200
    NSD target: Jan 15/20
    Bring Your Lunch to Work Target Jan 13/18
    1 a day: Jan 22.7/35
    Tesco CC Aug 18 10,151.56 9753.37 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC Aug 18 4321.80 3627.85 0% til Feb 20
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Oct 18, 6:54 PM
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    caronc
    In: pork steaks
    Out: cupasoup
    Used up: mini wraps, Belgian sausage

    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 11th Oct 18, 9:05 PM
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    abbe89
    Having a meal plan that I'm sticking to religiously is definitely helping clear things out!


    Since my last update, I've used up 1x portion of chicken soup, 1 x pasta bake ready meal, 1 x packet of ready cooked lentils, 1 x pack of microwave rice, 3 x mini philadelphia tubs, 2 x the ends of bags of pasta, 1 tub of ice cream


    Had quite a lot of fresh stuff to use up this week, so there will be even more cupboard/freezer clearing next week and I'm loving it!
    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th Oct 18, 6:31 AM
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    dannie
    The grocery order arrived yesterday. Much of it were UHT milk and store cupboard items, some for the fridge and none went into the freezer (yet). Keep using up small portions of blackcurrants and blackberries that are freezer stored.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Oct 18, 7:36 AM
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    Felt a little less pain yesterday so popped up to Aldi, for eggs and a bottle of gingerbread flavoured gin, picked up 2 packs of y.s. drumsticks and thighs, cooked them in I.P. and will portion pack, 2 packs of y.s. wagu meatballs.
    IN cooked chicken, 24 wagu meatballs, nearly forgot 4 red pepper tarts reduced in freezer section.
    OUT pork chop.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 12-10-2018 at 7:51 AM.
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    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 12th Oct 18, 1:45 PM
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    Olliebeak1951
    OUT of freezer - Minced Beef and Mixed Veg to make 'Savoury Mince' for tonight's meal.
    OUT of fridge - 2 sticks of Celery / 1 Leek (left over from L&P Soup) / 1/4 Savoy Cabbage - remainder wrapped in clingfilm as not sure if I can 'freeze' it. Anybody any ideas?
    Last edited by Olliebeak1951; 12-10-2018 at 2:22 PM.
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 12th Oct 18, 2:25 PM
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    Olliebeak1951
    Felt a little less pain yesterday so popped up to Aldi, for eggs and a bottle of gingerbread flavoured gin, picked up 2 packs of y.s. drumsticks and thighs, cooked them in I.P. and will portion pack, 2 packs of y.s. wagu meatballs.
    IN cooked chicken, 24 wagu meatballs, nearly forgot 4 red pepper tarts reduced in freezer section.
    OUT pork chop.
    Originally posted by pamsdish
    Lucky lady - I NEVER see anything reduced in my nearest Aldi .
    Last edited by Olliebeak1951; 12-10-2018 at 2:38 PM.
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