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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd May 18, 7:20 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: lamb mince, chopped tomatoes, bread roll, spinach, cooked turkey, rice, chickpea/veg mix, ginger, dried figs, pistacio nuts
    Used up: aubergines
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th May 18, 7:17 PM
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    In: kale, spinach, pastry, teabags, cupasoup
    Out: crusty roll, cupasoup
    Used up: creme fraiche
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th May 18, 7:21 PM
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    In: curry, croquettes
    Out: nothing
    Used up: French cheese
    Last edited by caronc; 05-05-2018 at 9:22 PM.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 6th May 18, 6:59 AM
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    At the end of last month, two freezer drawers from four were empty. It was difficult to comment about whether it kept the cost of new food purchases down. Mainly due to being "over stocked" with UHT milk and taking advantage of an offer on some regularly purchased store cupboard items (long-dated). At the moment, it appears that two drawers are still empty.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th May 18, 7:22 PM
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    That's good progress dannie.

    In: cornish pasty
    Out: cupasoup
    Used up: cheese spread
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 7th May 18, 7:05 AM
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    dannie
    caronc and all, I think things are "working" to use up what I have stored; well, at the moment? When anything has gone into the freezer, something has mostly come out.

    This month has been productive so far, both in money saving and using up what I have. "Not much" acquired from local shops, or online. The exception has been stocking up on a regularly used store cupboard ingredient (but on offer). The garden and foraging has provided some salad items. Stir fries and a pizza also have all sorts used.
    Last edited by dannie; 07-05-2018 at 7:09 AM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th May 18, 8:44 PM
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    I'm still finding that I take something out, cook it into something and what then needs frozen takes up as much, if not more, space!
    Today
    In: nothing
    Out: nothing
    Used up: duck pate
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 8th May 18, 6:39 AM
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    That is what tends to happen with me caronc. Turn it into something else and then, "How can I get through all that in a few days?"

    Recently, working upon various "veg gluts". All the baked and pickled mushrooms have been used. Just some on top of a pizza left. Lots of carrots the next task.

    No bank holiday online shopping done so just my online food grocery order soon.
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 8th May 18, 9:27 AM
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    Multiplying foods
    I suppose we should be pleased if we put more in than out in this way - frugal. I am slowly winning the battle, just keep making soup though to use up stalks and cooking liquid so that ends up in freezers too. Never mind, onward and upward guys.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th May 18, 9:21 PM
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    In: peri peri chicken thigh, cauli cheese, tattie scones
    Out: beef olive
    Used up: cream cheese
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 9th May 18, 8:52 AM
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    Very interested in pickled mushrooms, have looked for recipes but wondered which one is best. Also, once pickles, how long do they last, the recipes seem to say around a few weeks but as I am on my own was hoping they would last like pickled onions - possibly months or years !! Many thanks
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th May 18, 8:10 PM
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    Very interested in pickled mushrooms, have looked for recipes but wondered which one is best. Also, once pickles, how long do they last, the recipes seem to say around a few weeks but as I am on my own was hoping they would last like pickled onions - possibly months or years !! Many thanks
    Originally posted by whmf00001
    I don't think they are pickle that would keep very long too much moisture in the mushrooms. That said Lidl used to (may still) sell jars of marinated mushrooms though even though needed used in a week or so after opening or they tend to go mouldy. I've only ever made them to use quite quickly using a mix of a couple of tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tsp or so of grated root ginger, crushed garlic, chopped red chilli, good pich of sugar and a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce to a punnet (300g?) of quartered button mushrooms. More marinated than pickled but very tasty and in a sealed tub ok in the fridge for a week. It would be easy enough to scale down to make a smaller amount.

    Today:
    In: nothing
    Out: salmon fillet
    Used up: Pea & ham soup
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th May 18, 8:30 PM
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    In; root veg mash
    Out: HM roasted veg lasagne, parmesan, chicken stock

    Used up: cooked ham, end of a cucumber, end of a bag of radishes. Also made soup with some of the root veg mash.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th May 18, 4:58 PM
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    dannie
    whmf00001 - I think that being frugal has been one of many reasons why my food "stores" have been "over-stocked". Presently though, "stores" are reducing.

    The "pickled" (boiled) mushrooms I referred to were not really a recipe I had seen elsewhere. I just simply placed them in some spare vinegar a day or two before I had them. I didn't know if they would keep well stored like this too long.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th May 18, 8:23 PM
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    In: HM soup
    Out: scampi, oven chips, peas
    Used up: asparagus
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th May 18, 5:25 AM
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    Since last Tuesday, cancelled my usual online food grocery order. Instead, I used an online "health store" to purchase some birthday gifts for somebody (buy one get one a penny). A few (food) things for myself enabled free delivery; regularly bought items, or those that will assist using up what I have. The freezer drawers appear even less packed. Lots of bills this month so this should continue?
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 12th May 18, 1:01 PM
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    Back again, the soft fruit glut will begin in about 6 weeks time and there is no room in either freezer........

    Out: mashed potatoes, fish pie mix, prawns, sausage goulash.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th May 18, 7:32 PM
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    In: 2 rolls
    Out: pollock, kale, cupasoup
    Used up: lunch tongue
    Last edited by caronc; 12-05-2018 at 8:43 PM.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th May 18, 7:50 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: lorne, black pudding, tattie scone, lamb steak, broad beans, runner beans
    Used up: shallots
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 14th May 18, 8:52 AM
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    Took chicken thigh out last week and hm veg curry with naan and 2 onion bahji, some of the kebab meat (thanks for the poster about that) with last naan bread, another thigh yesterday with half tin condensed mushroom soup so other half today with a thawed pork chop. Have another thigh out (bought a lot) to thaw so I can SC this afternoon with chorizo, red peppers rice etc. Will do both meals in SC, one lot in 1 bag, and the rest in another bag so half the energy used. Also took out a half loaf of bread but grated a good kilo of cheese (special offer) so that is in 3 bags in freezer, still got block in fridge and some from a previous session but I have been having cheese on toast. Trying hard.
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