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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.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 9th Jan 18, 7:00 PM
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    I need to rejoin this challenge. I didn't really make a dent in it last year and I need to clear space and save pennies this year. I think I might approach it by doing mini challenges of lists of things I need to use that week. We'll see how that goes. Off to look at the cupboards and work out my first list.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jan 18, 9:06 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: feta&cheese pie, cooked rice, coconut powder, green chillies, ginger, pork steak
    Used up: LO baked beans, banana
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 15th Jan 18, 4:00 PM
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    Hi, I just wondered if anybody else is still doing this challenge? I am unsure if to do so although did make some progress last year.
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 15th Jan 18, 4:59 PM
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    This seems to be something I need to seriously look at. I have cupboards with stuff in that i actually don't know and a full freezer I desperately need to defrost. Will be next week probably before I get to the bottom of what is in either place but could use the friendly motivation of others achieving this so will check in and see how everyone does too.
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 15th Jan 18, 5:26 PM
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    Oh I need to do this again this year .....I was doing reasonably well and had some freezer space then christmas happened and a trip to costco happened so now they are bulging at the seams again (just like me )

    I do need to stock up on homemade ready meals ready for an op I am having soon but of course this always creates more so one potion of mince will make 4 portions of chilli ....I feel I am a lost cause
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Jan 18, 7:27 PM
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    I had stopped posting as I was feeling a bit "billy-no-mates" not that I had magically used up the freezers/cupboard overload all of which are rather full post-Christmas. That said I did manage to clear quite a bit of space in the run up to the festive period which did allow me to get everything stashed and then find a home for 10 (now 9) Greek pittas which seem to take up loads of space and rather a lot of salmon (though the majority of that has been eaten.
    I'd a small shop today mainly of fresh stuff, bread and a couple of things for cooking for my sister's birthday this weekend.
    Today:
    In: bag of frozen cauliflower, tinned plum tomatoes
    Out: chicken thighs
    Used up: beef stew, red cabbage
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 15th Jan 18, 7:57 PM
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    trying to follow this as part of my 1 a day challenge .cupboards more so than freezer tbh. went a bit mad with "bargains". defo have enough breakfast products for several months and lunch/ dinner for several months.. snacks will be the problem
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 15th Jan 18, 11:25 PM
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    klbooth
    I had stopped posting as I was feeling a bit "billy-no-mates" not that I had magically used up the freezers/cupboard overload all of which are rather full post-Christmas. That said I did manage to clear quite a bit of space in the run up to the festive period which did allow me to get everything stashed and then find a home for 10 (now 9) Greek pittas which seem to take up loads of space and rather a lot of salmon (though the majority of that has been eaten.
    I'd a small shop today mainly of fresh stuff, bread and a couple of things for cooking for my sister's birthday this weekend.
    Today:
    In: bag of frozen cauliflower, tinned plum tomatoes
    Out: chicken thighs
    Used up: beef stew, red cabbage
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thanks caronc, you are the inspiration I need!! Can I ask though what is the difference between OUT and USED UP? I presume IN is a new purchase going into the freezer or cupboard.....
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    • Frogletina
    • By Frogletina 16th Jan 18, 12:25 AM
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    Foods in the freezer past the bb date

    Fry's vegetarian beef style strips
    Pastry
    1 cheese and onion pasty - in fridge to eat tomorrow

    In my cupboards

    custard powder - don't know when I last made custard
    1 tub golden breadcumbs
    almond flour
    millet
    marmite
    oats - I use in muesli, but not made it for a while - new resolution
    sponge flour - no idea when I will use this up
    1 packet of coconut flour - no idea when I will use this up
    2 packets of crisps
    lemon cheese
    Self raising flour - no idea when I will use this up
    Plain flour - no idea when I will use this up
    Gluten free flour - granddaughter is coeliac and has said to leave this at my daughter's house to to be used there.
    Thai curry paste - packet for 10 -12 servings - will take ages to finish and I have more in date ones
    Tin thai curry - not ever tried this, waiting for the day I decide to try it
    Keralam curry - not ever tried this, waiting for the day I decide to try it
    coconut oil x 2 - one started, not using as quickly as I thought
    PG tips and Nescafe - I don't drink either so depends on who visits as to when they get used up
    basmati rice - I'm not that good with rice, tend to use tilda packets
    cathedral city spreadable - use tomorrow
    cream - use tomorrow
    carrots
    one apple

    I've also home made frozen vegetarian rissoles, and two type of buns using coconut flour in the freezer - obviously no best before dates, but must not forget them.

    In January I have so far only bought bread, milk, cheese spread, baked beans and fresh veg/salad.

    Mind you, I had lots of chocolate to eat!

    frogletina
    Last edited by Frogletina; 16-01-2018 at 12:28 AM.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 16th Jan 18, 8:01 AM
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    dannie
    December 2017 challenge to use up freezer batch-cooked recipes made before 7/12/17 and empty three freezer drawers before the end of 2017:-

    - In 3 weeks approx., the total amount of recipes used up were 19.

    - 2 freezer drawers were emptied. Another drawer with careful arranging could make it 1/3. It's difficult to be precise so "at a guess" = 2 and a 1/3 of another.

    P.S. Thanks for the update Frogletina.
    Originally posted by dannie
    Hi, above was how far I had got.

    This year I have continued to use up previously prepared freezer items (several of each); so far 11 recipes. However, more batch cooking has slowed things down plus some post Christmas 2017 yellow-sticker purchases bought locally in bulk.

    The freezer drawers are getting full again; so slightly less than 2 now? My online food grocery shopping has been mainly just the "basics".


    Thanks for all your much appreciated comments following my query yesterday.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jan 18, 8:52 AM
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    Thanks caronc, you are the inspiration I need!! Can I ask though what is the difference between OUT and USED UP? I presume IN is a new purchase going into the freezer or cupboard.....
    Originally posted by klbooth
    Hi,
    We all have our own systems. I'm only tracking what goes in & out of my freezers and cupboards rather than fresh stuff I buy most weeks.
    For me "out" is I've taken it out of the freezer /cupboard stores, "Use up" refers to leftovers and odd bits of things that have reached the point of use or ditched. Sorry if I've confused things but it works for me.....
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 16th Jan 18, 5:40 PM
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    Thanks caronc, makes sense, I like how organised you are!

    I am calling today a win as am having beef stew for dinner so grabbed 2 ancient tins from the back of the cupboard and added them in, a can of baked beans and a can of corn, not things I use usually hence why they are forgotten at the back. Not sorted out the cupboard at all but considering how long they have been there I am feeling motivated!!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jan 18, 5:49 PM
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    Thanks caronc, makes sense, I like how organised you are!

    I am calling today a win as am having beef stew for dinner so grabbed 2 ancient tins from the back of the cupboard and added them in, a can of baked beans and a can of corn, not things I use usually hence why they are forgotten at the back. Not sorted out the cupboard at all but considering how long they have been there I am feeling motivated!!
    Originally posted by klbooth
    Organised isn't quite how I would describe it
    Good thinking on using the tins bet they made it tasty
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jan 18, 8:09 PM
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    Today
    In: portion of "braised red cabbage with bratwurst"
    Out: brown lentils, chicken stock pot, piece of naan bread pork chop, pork mince and beef mince
    Used up: tomato puree
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 17th Jan 18, 12:46 AM
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    The stew was very tasty but the extra tins made it a much larger amount so now I have leftovers to store, lol. Oh well hopefully will get them eaten over lunchtimes.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jan 18, 9:20 AM
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    The stew was very tasty but the extra tins made it a much larger amount so now I have leftovers to store, lol. Oh well hopefully will get them eaten over lunchtimes.
    Originally posted by klbooth
    Yep leftovers from leftovers - I frequently end up with these too
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 17th Jan 18, 10:50 AM
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    Well the leftovers were very yummy today,but still have several more portions, may end up freezing some but then it has to fit in the over full freezer so not a good option but I have a couple of days to decide i guess.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 17th Jan 18, 7:20 PM
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    Hi, still thinking of the best approach for me regarding this challenge. One idea is to continue with using up previously prepared freezer recipes; this will then refer to 2017 items.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jan 18, 7:47 PM
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    In: two portions of spiced chicken & lentils
    Out: passatta, tinned tomatoes, new tube of tomato puree
    Used up: cheese spread, "spare" chicken thigh
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 17th Jan 18, 10:13 PM
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    I was thinking I needed to wait to start when I get around to doing an inventory but perhaps I should start and get in the habit and then once I overhaul the cupboard and freezer I can keep the tally better. How do you keep your inventory lists caronc, is it just a sheet you tick off or do you have a spreadsheet or something?

    IN: 2 bags brown sugar
    OUT: Diced chicken breast family portion, 1 packet flavour mix, 1 mac n cheese packet, 1 portion sweetcorn.
    Last edited by klbooth; 17-01-2018 at 10:16 PM.
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