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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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    • dannie
    • By dannie 6th Mar 18, 6:40 AM
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    Yesterday, went out for some exercise (i.e. bicycle) and to get some wild bird food. Also, purchased some coconut flour at a "Cash and Carry".

    Using up food "supplies" quite well, including those chosen for my freezer challenge.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Mar 18, 8:16 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: venison grill, cheesy mash
    Used up: coleslaw, cottage cheese, broccoli
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
    GC YTD 2018- 445/710
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 7th Mar 18, 11:00 AM
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    May I join, please?

    We bought a chest freezer 4 years ago (my first one ever!) and I have been filling it ever since. I like the feeling of having food stored in there. However, I am not so good at taking it out again .

    I do a bit of gardening, and we had a glut of courgettes the last 2 years (who didn!!!8217;t ). I have already started with adding grated frozen courgette to all sorts of soups and sauces, so that is good.

    My husband will go to his home country for a month starting halfway April, and I really want to have semi-ready meals in the freezer, as I am working fulltime and we have 2 daughters aged 6 and 9. I am basically happy with any ingredients that leave the freezer and any meals that go back in . I also need to defrost the freezer.

    Made today from stores and freezer: strawberry jelly pudding bbd Dec17, pasta sauce with wilting celery, packet of crispy veg snack (womble from work - I do not like it as a snack), 2 slices of salami dds do not care for, 2 lumps of frozen spinach that is weirdly sweet on its own, lentils, minced beef that has been in the freezer for a few months already. Grated sheep cheese (womble from work in October , grated and frozen in small portions).

    For lunch they have a friend over and we eat pancakes: end of packet of selfraising flour, same of brown eco wheat flour, end of coffee creamer, some buttermilk, UHT milk.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 508,05 = 443.74
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68= 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31= 2,969.05
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Mar 18, 7:37 PM
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    Hi Siebre - I can certainly relate to food going into the freezer but not coming back out. The venison grill I had last night had been in there since 2015, it was perfectly fine though
    Today
    In: nothing
    Out: chicken wings, corn cobette, loose tea
    Used up: red pepper, sweet potato, 1/2 an onion
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
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    • archwaysaver
    • By archwaysaver 7th Mar 18, 9:26 PM
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    In: cooking onions (chopped in the food processor, then frozen)
    Used up: half a pack of paneer, a quarter head of cabbage
    Bring lunch to work March: 5/13
    NSD March: 6/18

    Goal by Sept 2019: 20,100
    So far: 3,749.89
    (tuition 1,920/4,100, cushion 456/1,000, dream 1,300.44/15,000)
    • dannie
    • By dannie 8th Mar 18, 7:22 PM
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    My mini challenge to use up (completely) 4 batch cooked recipes is still the same. Recent food purchases more preferred have slowed things down.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 10th Mar 18, 11:54 AM
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    For lunch today I am not exactly sure what I had, but I think it was a very salty pumpkin soup, probably made and frozen two years ago. I ate one bowl and then threw away the rest, as it was soooo bitter from the salt.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 508,05 = 443.74
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68= 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31= 2,969.05
    • archwaysaver
    • By archwaysaver 10th Mar 18, 7:35 PM
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    In: chickpeas (large bag from the cash and carry, should last a while)
    Out: onions, garlic
    Used up: tin of sardines
    Bring lunch to work March: 5/13
    NSD March: 6/18

    Goal by Sept 2019: 20,100
    So far: 3,749.89
    (tuition 1,920/4,100, cushion 456/1,000, dream 1,300.44/15,000)
    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Mar 18, 6:34 AM
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    Hi, I'm still around; not much to add to the usual really. The 4 batch cooked recipes from 2017 still remain the same (i.e. 4 still to have). I think these make up about 20 portions to use up before the end of the month. They are all sweet tasting and turned out okay; some from foraged blackberries and blackcurrants.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Mar 18, 5:25 PM
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    Various bits out over the last few days and nothing in (though that may change tomorrow). I need to go through my fridge and write a "use up" list so I can get a meal plan done.
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
    GC YTD 2018- 445/710
    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th Mar 18, 6:37 AM
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    Weekend shopping (food) purchases were more than usual. These were mainly "BOGOF" and "yellow-stickers".

    Yesterday, used up one of my freezer mini challenge portions but more left.
    • Siebrie
    • By Siebrie 12th Mar 18, 12:32 PM
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    Siebrie
    Today I had 2 leftover slices from hm pizza for lunch, together with a hm courgette-spinach soup from homegrown courgette, which was made and frozen last September with a lump of the weird spinach thrown in.


    The homemade pizza is more 'home-assembled', as I buy pizza pastry, add tomato-something (whatever I have: passata, chopped, puree), 3 different types of cheese I had in the fridge, a slices of ham I shredded, some herbs from various packages.


    Last night I made a fried rice dish (nasi goring) with the last packet of fried rice spices, bbd 131217, and some of the frozen edamame beans that were a womble last August.
    Wombling to wealth 2018 508,05 = 443.74
    Still a womble 2017 #25 7116,68= 6309.50
    Wombling Free 2016 #2 3.483,31= 2,969.05
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Mar 18, 6:34 PM
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    In: portion pulled pork, portion whipped cream, portion courgette & tomato bake
    Out: swedish meatballs, pasta, broad beans, sea bass
    Used up: banana, tandoori chicken
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
    GC YTD 2018- 445/710
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 13th Mar 18, 12:33 AM
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    Well it has been quite a week. Unexpectantly bedbound from last Sunday the weeks meal planning was a little fudged and creative to what had been planned. Only now feeling up to pottering about and doing a little although need to keep my leg up most the time. So.... can't really remember what has gone on exactly but will try. On the upside there has been nothing into the house except for some milk!

    OUT: 2 packs sausages, 4pack gammon steaks, spaghetti packet, pasta packet, portion mince, ribs, BBQ sauce, tortilla wrap pack, 350g jelly powder, yeast packets, grated mozzarella, portion S&P squid, portion jalapeno poppers, diced chicken, sticky bbq packet mix.
    IN: nothing
    1P Challenge #13 237.76/667.95;2 Club #30 40;50p Club #8 20;20p Club #100 23.40;SPC #39 ?;VSPC #15 380.45;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 3964/3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 7912/10014 (79%);GC Jan 483.58/450; Feb 390.32/430; Mar 260.41/410; Apr 396.17/410; May 271.98/400
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 13th Mar 18, 10:34 AM
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    Back on the bandwagon.... but tesco monthly stock up delivery today....

    OUT: mac cheese packet, lemonade chicken, rice, portion beef stew, 350g jelly powder

    IN: 3 packs biscuits, 12L juice, 4 bottles squash, flour, 2x6 pack crisps, 4 tubs pringles, cheese twists, 3 packs rice cakes, glut of diet coke, 3 jars chocolate spread.

    (I do have fridge stuff as well but not listed as not in cupboard/freezer, lol, just looks like I don't buy actual food.....)
    1P Challenge #13 237.76/667.95;2 Club #30 40;50p Club #8 20;20p Club #100 23.40;SPC #39 ?;VSPC #15 380.45;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 3964/3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 7912/10014 (79%);GC Jan 483.58/450; Feb 390.32/430; Mar 260.41/410; Apr 396.17/410; May 271.98/400
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Mar 18, 6:54 PM
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    Hope your leg improves klbooth

    In: nothing
    Out: chicken breast, pastry, corned beef hash
    Used up: LO pasta & swedish meatballs from last night, spiced pink onions
    Last edited by caronc; 13-03-2018 at 8:49 PM.
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
    GC YTD 2018- 445/710
    • dannie
    • By dannie 14th Mar 18, 6:46 AM
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    So far this month, my freezer challenge to use up 4 batch cooked recipes has reduced to 17 portions. Stopped myself yesterday from more food shopping by choosing something else to do (i.e. made something similar from "stores" and stayed in to do a gardening task).
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Mar 18, 6:48 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: scotch broth, HM chicken liver pate
    Used up: cheese spread
    Last edited by caronc; 14-03-2018 at 9:24 PM.
    GC - Feb18 68/120, Mar 104/150, Apr 164/200, May 54/120
    GC YTD 2018- 445/710
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 14th Mar 18, 7:17 PM
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    In: 10 x 200g packs of extra strong cheddar reduced to 54p each, this is about a years' worth so will be good in the long term but v bad for the challenge.

    Out: cottage pie, loaf of bread, Stilton cheese, raspberries, strawberries and white currants, 3 X chicken pies.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 14th Mar 18, 8:01 PM
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    Can I join in again it's been almost a year since I last posted and I've three large freezers brimming with food.

    The first freezer is full of home made ready meals, both main dishes, side dishes, puddings, as well as things for lunch. I knew I would be in hospital last month for about two weeks so I made lots and lots of 'ready' meals all of which had instructions on how to cook them for my non-cook DH. I also knew I would have at least eight weeks recovery at home before I would be back to normal. I'm busy working my way through them but in my enthusiasm I rather made too many meals.

    The second and largest freezer contains uncooked meat and fish. I'm not too concerned about this one as I usually get my meat by the carcass and I have a yearly cycle of what to get and when. At the moment it's has 2 x venison and loads of pheasant all home shot, turkeys which I rear for Christmas all joined, a pig which was a swap for a couple of large turkeys. the lamb is quite low but I do a turkey swap for that in September. No beef or chicken as we use venison and turkey instead.

    The third freezer has everything else, bread, milk, veg and fruit, and things I have bought thinking it was a bargain.

    I need to work my way through the first freezer to make room before I have to freeze all the surplus fruit and veg which usually starts in June/July. Plus I need to work my way through the third freezer just to use up what's in there and to make more sense of its contents.

    The cupboards:- well that's another tale but you could probably guess they are overflowing.

    I want to cut back on what I have. My daughter thinks I could go for at least six months to a year on what I have instore and when she visits as does our son they go home laden with food.

    I need to stop buying or at least only get what I need to make use of what I have. I'm going to limit the amount of spends on food each week and try to think laterally and more creatively on how to use what I already have.

    One last thing - What do you do with cupboards when they are empty????
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