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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 13th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
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    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :)
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    • 13th Jan 18, 9:18 AM
    Love food hate Waste Part two for 2018 :) 13th Jan 18 at 9:18 AM
    Hi chums I see for some reason unbeknown to us all that the previous thread was deleted .OK well lets no be despondant it was 11 months old and I certainly didn't expect it to run as long as it did,but this will no defeat us in our object to LFHW will it .So come on chums get those ideas rolling again for the new year ahead

    JackieO xxx
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Jan 18, 10:54 AM
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    For those people with a sensitive digestion or those who are governed by 'use by' dates, I suggest you look away now.

    I found an unopened tub of set plain Skyr yogurt in the fridge.
    It has a 'use by' date of 15th December 2017.

    I opened it and it looked OK, a tad grainy at the top but I stirred it round and tasted it.
    It was fine.

    So - I have 2 chicken breasts marinating in yogurt & tandoori mix and will make a raita with some of the rest.

    I have hidden the lid with the date on carefully in the middle of the bin as, although my OH is fine with out-of-date food, he might just baulk at this.

    If there's any left, I'll have it for breakfast tomorrow with a banana that's a bit ripe. After conducting the 'nose and tongue' test first, of course.
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 14th Jan 18, 11:27 AM
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    Pollycat, I'd do just the same; it's amazing how long live yogurt does stay perfectly OK. We tend to buy & use the 1l. pots of Fage, which occasionally get lost at the back of our larder fridge (bought when we had 7/8 people living in the house; there are still 5/6 of us) & I'll use it up in cooking as long as it smells good & there's no specks of anything untoward appearing on the sides of the pot.

    Not much leftover-bashing going on here today, except the peely-pot, in which I boil up all the peelings & cores from the last few days, then pop them into the Wonderbag to stew away all night. The resulting mush gets mixed up with Layer's Mash and fed to "The Girls" for breakfast in the morning. Beak-smackin' good! But I may stew a few of the stored home-grown cooking apples & quinces with some of my left-over mincemeat to make a simple desert for us.
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    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 14th Jan 18, 12:16 PM
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    Hello all. Thanks for the new thread, JackieO

    OH and I are back from our holiday in the canaries. Proud that we threw very little food away at the end (half a jar of jam and the end of the butter).

    Now we are back and looking at what we have in the freezer and cupboards. We are a bit cash poor this month now. The children (21 and 18) didn't come on holiday (their choice) so looking at what they have and haven't used also.

    Tonight's tea is three portions of leftover turkey and stuffing for OH, DS and I, with DD having some cauliflower cheese. I will use up the leftover red cabbage as one veg. We are just about to have broccoli soup from the freezer for lunch and OH has cooked a part baked baguette that we also had left over from Christmas.

    This week will be a lot of freezer food - partly to save cash and partly to rationalise the stocks,
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    • FrugalWeirdo83
    • By FrugalWeirdo83 14th Jan 18, 12:43 PM
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    Thanks Jackie, very impressive! I won't manage your frugal ways but aiming for 100 max a month for all food, household incl nappies. Do you find home baking cheaper? I love baking but sometimes thinks it's more economical to buy some value biscuits (Although a lot less enjoyable)
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    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 14th Jan 18, 12:55 PM
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    Subject to confirmation of the booking, I may be in the position of having to empty part of my freezer.
    Why?
    Well, as some of you may know, I'm a carer for a dog-sitting service. Yesterday I had what I call a "meet'n'greet" visit from a prospective new client with her two Cavapoos. These beautiful dogs are fed on the "BARF" diet - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food - which needs to be kept in the freezer. Two dogs, thirteen day holiday...... you see where this is going.
    We could be in for some rather weird meals as I attempt to free up sufficient space, but it could also be an interesting exercise in how we'd fare if I was unable to shop for an extended period.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Jan 18, 1:02 PM
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    Subject to confirmation of the booking, I may be in the position of having to empty part of my freezer.
    Why?
    Well, as some of you may know, I'm a carer for a dog-sitting service. Yesterday I had what I call a "meet'n'greet" visit from a prospective new client with her two Cavapoos. These beautiful dogs are fed on the "BARF" diet - Biologically Appropriate Raw Food - which needs to be kept in the freezer. Two dogs, thirteen day holiday...... you see where this is going.
    We could be in for some rather weird meals as I attempt to free up sufficient space, but it could also be an interesting exercise in how we'd fare if I was unable to shop for an extended period.
    Originally posted by LameWolf
    Be sure to post your meals on the 'what are you having for dinner tonight' thread so we can vicariously share in your culinary delights.
    • MrsPear
    • By MrsPear 14th Jan 18, 5:17 PM
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    Hi

    Can I jump in and ask for ideas - family of 4 with two primary age children. What can I do with left over roast beef? I never waste but I usually just do another roast in a couple of days by warming the meat in the oven with gravy. Anything more exciting?! Around 400g or just under a lb left over. Allergic to lentils strangely.
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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 14th Jan 18, 10:28 PM
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    Left Over Beef Old Styley!
    Hiya
    Years ago we would have had half of the left overs sliced cold the next day with jacket potatoes and pickles and a stir fry up of any of the left over veg. (Followed by a pudding cooked at the same time in the oven - like a rice pudding or bread and butter pudding. Then on tuesday the rest and last and tattyest bits would be minced up and used to make a shepheard's pie (potato top + carrots and onions in with the mince AND it used p the gravy!) or possibly a chilli bulked out with chopped carrot or some beans to make it into a chilli!

    Since then I have also used the meat minced or finely diced to make a filling for wraps fajhita style (I cant spell sorry!)bulked out with YS fried peppers and or little meat and potato patties shallow fried and served with baked beans.

    Hope these ideas help
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jan 18, 7:34 AM
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    We like cold beef best sliced and re-heated in gravy the next day, it also makes lovely pasties with cooked veg and gravy, makes a very acceptable curry with the appropriate spices, minced it makes a cottage pie and the last few bits completely de gristled/fatted blitzed up with some butter and spices (mace and nutmeg) and gently seasoned makes lovely potted beef to have in sandwiches.

    Today I will be making some rissoles for our evening meal using some of the cooked pork and stuffing from our roast yesterday which I'll serve with mixed carrot, swede and potato mash and some winter salad made with some of my big red cabbage and a balsamic vinegar based dressing, I'll cook us some baked apples with dried cherries in (I use big eaters rather than cookers as then I don't need to sweeten them) and we'll have them with some plain skyr. All these things can be made from what I have in the fridge and stores so no outlay for a nice days eatings!
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    • Former MSE Andrea
    • By Former MSE Andrea 15th Jan 18, 9:04 AM
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    Thank you for re-starting the thread Jackie.

    I'm afraid we're seeing a lot of good threads being accidentally removed by the spam button - we think people are hitting it on their phones instead of the thanks button.

    We're working on a solution.

    Keep sharing your food waste saving efforts. We're putting this thread out on twitter
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 15th Jan 18, 9:26 AM
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    I agree with Lyn either mince it up and use to make either a beef chilli or diced up for a curry if minced up and used to make lasagne or sheps pie 400 gms will easily make another meal for four with a bit of bulking out perhaps, try using a handful of oats instead of lentils, or carrot diced up or grated will craftily sneak a veg in to the children who may pull a face at veg I treat any meat as though it was gold as the price of it at times it may just well be gold lined .Last night at Dds we had a roast chicken and as the one her OH had bought wasn't that big she extended it a bit with cooking a pound of sausages and it fed 6 of us easily, in fact the left over bits from the carcass will go to make a small curry for three of them with the other two having something different as two of the boys aren't keen on curry so her little clucker has done 6 meals last night and will do another three tomorrow night not bad for a 1.5 kg chicken which cost her OH £3.40 I shall bag the carcass to make stock for my soup.

    JackieO xx
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 15th Jan 18, 9:57 AM
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    I have onions, broccoli, carrots and two sad little potatoes so I'm making soup today. I have some frozen sweetcorn that can be added too.

    I have a few slices of bread in the fridge too so my husband can have some cheese toasties before he goes to work.

    One thing I'm trying to do to waste less is to buy less condiments. I fancy mustard and buy some and then don't fancy it for ages.

    I have used up all my jam and marmalade as I'm trying to cut down on sugar and won't be buying them again.

    All I have left is Frank's hot sauce, soya sauce and apple cider vinegar in the fridge and some ketchup in the cupboard that my husband mostly uses.
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Jan 18, 10:17 AM
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    A butternut squash had been lurking in the potato box for ages, yesterday I got OH to cut it up for me and I roasted it in the Remoska, than also (sort of) roasted a large batch of cherry tomatoes that I got for £1 off the veg stall at the hospital, now have several portions of yummy tomato soup, although I think I need to add a touch of sugar to reduce the acidity a little.

    OH and I have both been a little off colour and not wanted proper meals for a couple of days, so I think that half a cauli may have gone a bit too far to reclaim, but I will check today and salvedge it if possible. I need to grate a batch of cheddar, so may get a cauli cheese from it
    • Sligo
    • By Sligo 15th Jan 18, 11:28 AM
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    Hello All. A new face for this thread but I was a sometime lurker last year. Determined to cut down on waste this year by better planning!


    I am looking for your suggestions for the following as I don't want them to clutter up the cupboards but am loathe to throw new packets away! Both purchased by normally non-shopping OH when I was away over Christmas and he developed "supermarket illiteracy" when doing the shop!


    Suggestions for Arborio Risotto rice? He bought this instead of normal rice - despite it saying it in big words on the packet! We are not fans of risotto in our house. Can it be used for rice pudding?? Anything else?


    Also oat bran! He bought this instead of porridge oats. Don't even know where to start with this. I do bake so any suggestion gratefully appreciated.


    Dinner tonight is chicken fajitas with a kit I found at the back of the cupboard which is only a year out of date and YS chicken breasts. Everything in the pack is sealed packaging so it will be grand!

    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 15th Jan 18, 11:34 AM
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    Thank you for re-starting the thread Jackie.

    I'm afraid we're seeing a lot of good threads being accidentally removed by the spam button - we think people are hitting it on their phones instead of the thanks button.

    We're working on a solution.

    Keep sharing your food waste saving efforts. We're putting this thread out on twitter
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    Have an "Are you sure?" stage, so that the person reporting Spam hits the Spam button, then has to hit another button to confirm they actually wanted to report Spam.
    I don't know how practical these would be, as I'm not a coder, but it's my two pennyworth, fwiw.

    Re: LFHW - I am pleased to say we are still managing ZERO food waste in this house; mainly I think due to careful measuring (even if it's by eye) to ensure correct portions for Mr LW and myself, c/w Mr LW's ability to eat up anything on my plate that I find I can't manage.

    We're both a bit under the weather at present (I have lupus-related nausea and he has a poorly back) so not sure what tonight's dins will be; something easy I think, as I have another meet'n'greet visit tonight, a little Shih Tzu coming to visit at 20:00.

    I recently rescued a couple of slightly geriatric bananas by making them into banana cake (added bonus - it's one where you chuck all the ingredients in the food processor and wuzz it) which did us for dessert for a few days.
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    • MrsPear
    • By MrsPear 15th Jan 18, 11:37 AM
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    Thanks for ideas. Have no mincer but I think Iíll chop it up and make cottage pie. I have a hand full of carrot too which I will stir in after the simmer as I donít want mush. Donít know why I hadnít consider cottage pie.

    Re Oat bran - lots of muffin recipes ask for it.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 15th Jan 18, 11:40 AM
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    Oat Bran makes a really thick and tasty porridge on it's own, cook it exactly as you do rolled oats and for the same amount of time. It's very filling and good for lowering cholesterol too. Alternatively just mix it in with your porridge oats and you won't know it's there, cook as normal.

    Risotto rice is softer and creamier in texture than long grain rice but bigger grained when it's cooked than pudding rice, I don't see why it wouldn't make a lovely substantial rice pudding in place of pudding rice though, I'd give it a try and you may just have invented comfort on a plate!
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    • By PasturesNew 15th Jan 18, 11:50 AM
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    If the spam button deletes, that'd be poor programming in the first instance.

    The spam button should just mark a thread as invisible, only to be deleted by a systems admin person. The rule with databases is "do not delete", just mark records as not visible.

    It appears it would be easy for somebody "with a grudge" and this information, to simply write a simple "hit spam" script that ran at a fast rate over a weekend to delete the majority of the site! Madness.
    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 15th Jan 18, 12:30 PM
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    Thanks for the update Andrea. Sad but at least we have the people that post xx

    I am using up a load of bell peppers and onion to make a Piperade to have with sausages - the men will have good old bangers and mash
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 15th Jan 18, 1:11 PM
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    Risotto rice will make rice pudding OK, there are recipes on-line for "quick" rice pudding using this.

    Oat bran, yes porridge/added to porridge, and an amount can be added into muffins, flapjacks, cookies, bread to increase the fibre content. oats and their derivatives are quite gentle on the tummy and often an essential part of high protein/low carb diets to keep one regular, without discomfort for most. Some people who need to be GF can eat oats, but not all.
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