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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 8th Jul 18, 5:40 PM
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    For the first week of July, I aim to use up more previously prepared freezer stored batch cooked recipes. These make up three and will each have several servings. They are in the fridge and I have been using them yesterday and today.
    Originally posted by dannie

    I did not quite manage to use up the above recipes so have continued to do so today. Should be all gone by the end of tomorrow. They were the oldest from the freezer.


    No weekend shopping done but have been picking (free) black currants from my own bush and one locally. Some of these are now in the freezer. Do not plan to go out shopping for quite awhile as my preferred transport (bicycle) is now broken.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jul 18, 7:35 PM
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    Yesterday

    In: corn cob
    Out: tiger bread
    Used up: nothing


    Today is still a bit of a "work in progress"
    In: tattie scones
    Out: lorne sausage
    Use up: nothing
    Hoping to add salad & tiger bread to my "use up list" if dinner is as planned.
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    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 9th Jul 18, 6:56 AM
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    Crikey: You've managed to use a lot Yes: I also had bit of a clearout of stuff put in the freezer because we didn't like it. but didn't want to waste it. It just seemed daft to keep it otherwise. I dread to think how long some of them had been there!
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 9th Jul 18, 6:59 AM
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    caronc: Lorne sausage? You're a Scot! I haven't had that for years. Now I want some, preferably on a well-fired Scottish roll.
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 9th Jul 18, 7:33 AM
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    Wish I knew how to drive this forum a bit better. I'm not sure how to reply to individual threads when there have been a lot posted since my last visit. Still, I'll hopefully learn.

    Busy weekend and I've managed to use up loads of stuff, thanks to the visit from one of my sons who is a bit of a glutton. But, the best bit of my weekend was when the weekly online shop was done. Instead of my usual 150 spend, which usually involves me shoving in a load of stuff whether because I fancy it, or it is on special, I only spent 60 and that included the mutt's treats. It was quite hard resisting the 2-for 1s, the half-price stuff and the flash sales, but I did it. I also discovered that my Morrison's points are worth nearly 100, so I'll save those for the big Christmas shop, which is definitely NOT going to be like last year. Even the dog got fed-up or eating turkey and, next-door's cat turned up his nose at some.

    I made strawberry jam from the cheap berries I got last week, so I'll take a couple of jars for bartering when I go out shortly, but from the old stock of jams and marmalade: stock rotation and all that! I'm hoping to get some more smallish courgettes, or maybe a few tomatoes, although I did have the offer of some blackcurrants on Friday, which I love), but had to pick them myself (which I don't love). Maybe today, if it isn't too hot.

    OUT: a pork loin; apple sauce. For tonight. I've cut the pork into medallions with the electric carving knife freezer blades: Who knew they would come in handy one day? If I get the courgettes, they'll go with it. I also unearthed a small frozen crumble (no label, so it could be any kind of fruit, but probably rhubarb) as OH likes his puddings.

    IN: loaf of sliced bread. The only real overbuy that I bought online and by the time we get around to using it, it would probably have gone off - despite the "sandwich for his work colleague in exchange for cake or fruit scheme" starting this week.

    Right. Mutt wants out! When I get back, I'm going to learn how to drive this forum so that I don't miss posts.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 9th Jul 18, 7:54 AM
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    Wish I knew how to drive this forum a bit better. I'm not sure how to reply to individual threads when there have been a lot posted since my last visit. Still, I'll hopefully learn.

    Busy weekend and I've managed to use up loads of stuff, thanks to the visit from one of my sons who is a bit of a glutton. But, the best bit of my weekend was when the weekly online shop was done. Instead of my usual 150 spend, which usually involves me shoving in a load of stuff whether because I fancy it, or it is on special, I only spent 60 and that included the mutt's treats. It was quite hard resisting the 2-for 1s, the half-price stuff and the flash sales, but I did it. I also discovered that my Morrison's points are worth nearly 100, so I'll save those for the big Christmas shop, which is definitely NOT going to be like last year. Even the dog got fed-up or eating turkey and, next-door's cat turned up his nose at some.

    I made strawberry jam from the cheap berries I got last week, so I'll take a couple of jars for bartering when I go out shortly, but from the old stock of jams and marmalade: stock rotation and all that! I'm hoping to get some more smallish courgettes, or maybe a few tomatoes, although I did have the offer of some blackcurrants on Friday, which I love), but had to pick them myself (which I don't love). Maybe today, if it isn't too hot.

    OUT: a pork loin; apple sauce. For tonight. I've cut the pork into medallions with the electric carving knife freezer blades: Who knew they would come in handy one day? If I get the courgettes, they'll go with it. I also unearthed a small frozen crumble (no label, so it could be any kind of fruit, but probably rhubarb) as OH likes his puddings.

    IN: loaf of sliced bread. The only real overbuy that I bought online and by the time we get around to using it, it would probably have gone off - despite the "sandwich for his work colleague in exchange for cake or fruit scheme" starting this week.

    Right. Mutt wants out! When I get back, I'm going to learn how to drive this forum so that I don't miss posts.
    Originally posted by mrssd
    You're doing so well, inspirational

    If you want to reply to loads of people in one post, click on the balloon icon to the right of the 'quote' button on each post, then click on 'post reply' and you'll have all of the posts you've selected and you can reply to each one, if that makes sense
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 9th Jul 18, 7:59 AM
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    My freezer is still quite full (to be fair, I have got rid of a fridge freezer so it's amalgamated ), but it's starting to get harder to find meals out of what's left now - most of the meat and fish has gone and it's mainly frozen fruit or bread-style bits, taken about 6 weeks to get to this point so can't be bad though

    Out: Ready meal, several pitta breads, fajita wraps

    In: Loads and loads of blackcurrants from parent's garden
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 9th Jul 18, 10:19 AM
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    When I was veggie for 26 years, I couldn't eat LMc sausages as they were so salty! I always stuck to quorn ones Need2bthrifty.
    Originally posted by maisymoo5
    Thanks maisymoo, I will try the quorn ones next time. I don't normally buy ready made stuff but thought I'd try them for a change as I do like to have a couple of meat free days per week.

    Got some lovely dressed crab and herring at the market on Saturday so that kept me going over the weekend - but its back to freezer nosh today.


    Out - sweet and sour pork.
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 9th Jul 18, 10:54 AM
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    Hi, just finished all of my 3 batch cooked recipes that I set as my weekly mini challenge. (Just went over by two days). The oldest were made in January 2018 and the others, I think, last Spring.


    Will go and pick some more black currants now and think of what next is best to do, regarding using up food "stocks".
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jul 18, 11:08 AM
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    caronc: Lorne sausage? You're a Scot! I haven't had that for years. Now I want some, preferably on a well-fired Scottish roll.
    Originally posted by mrssd
    Guilty as charged m'lud though I had the lorne in a piece of stottie rather than a roll as my son brought some up the road with him. I developed a taste for stottie cake when I lived in Yorkshire many moons ago so it's handy to have a son working in the NE.
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    • maisymoo5
    • By maisymoo5 9th Jul 18, 1:46 PM
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    In
    nothing

    Out
    another pack of sausages
    a mini magmum
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 9th Jul 18, 4:50 PM
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    In: YS salmon and cod - I'll cut it into portion sizes and freeze it; a whole chicken - again I'm going to cut it up into portions to use separately, not sure atm whether I'll do that first or freeze it first...; Tesco olive bread (I'll slice it then freeze it)

    Out: nothing
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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 9th Jul 18, 10:49 PM
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    Out to lunch yesterday so I finished off some tinned tuna and mayo later.

    Lunch today pork pie with tomatoes and olives for me and added bread and butter for OH which finished a wholemeal loaf.

    Supper today YS salmon en croute and finished the green beans, broccoli and carrots, no fresh veg left now
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    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 6:57 AM
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    You're doing so well, inspirational

    If you want to reply to loads of people in one post, click on the balloon icon to the right of the 'quote' button on each post, then click on 'post reply' and you'll have all of the posts you've selected and you can reply to each one, if that makes sense
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case
    My freezer is still quite full (to be fair, I have got rid of a fridge freezer so it's amalgamated ), but it's starting to get harder to find meals out of what's left now - most of the meat and fish has gone and it's mainly frozen fruit or bread-style bits, taken about 6 weeks to get to this point so can't be bad though

    Out: Ready meal, several pitta breads, fajita wraps

    In: Loads and loads of blackcurrants from parent's garden
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case
    Thanks for the advice on replying to posts: I'll know if I've got it when I post next.
    Really coveting your blackcurrants. I managed to barter for some more courgettes and some gooseberries yesterday, which I didn't have to pick myself, so that was good. Going back today to pick some blackcurrants, as the weather is cooler. Last night, whilst watering the plants, the dog "helped" me pick some stawberries that I have grown in pots. He gave himself away as his face was covered in the juice and the calyx were still attached to the plants! Greedy mutt.
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 7:00 AM
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    I've a feeling it is going to take me longer than 6 weeks to clear the pile of stuff in my freezers, but the store stuff is going down really quickly. I need to tackle the indoor kitchen cupboards sometime, as they are also bulging with stuff None of it is too old, though (I hope)!
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 7:07 AM
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    Hi, just finished all of my 3 batch cooked recipes that I set as my weekly mini challenge. (Just went over by two days). The oldest were made in January 2018 and the others, I think, last Spring.


    Will go and pick some more black currants now and think of what next is best to do, regarding using up food "stocks".
    Originally posted by dannie
    Dannie: I resolve to LABEL all batch baked stuff before freezing from henceforth! That "could be spag bol or chilli" I took out the other day turned our to be curry - and it was horrible. Probably had been there too long. Still, the OH ate it and he's suffered no ill effects.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 10th Jul 18, 7:16 AM
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    Thanks for the advice on replying to posts: I'll know if I've got it when I post next.
    Really coveting your blackcurrants. I managed to barter for some more courgettes and some gooseberries yesterday, which I didn't have to pick myself, so that was good. Going back today to pick some blackcurrants, as the weather is cooler. Last night, whilst watering the plants, the dog "helped" me pick some stawberries that I have grown in pots. He gave himself away as his face was covered in the juice and the calyx were still attached to the plants! Greedy mutt.
    Originally posted by mrssd
    Looks like the multi quoting worked
    Aww bless your dog! My dogs 'help' with fruit picking too, my cocker saw off most of the low hanging Victoria plums, and my pug (who will eat anything, never known anything like it, I thought our old labrador was a canine dustbin, but he's been totally outdone by a piggy pug ) has also polished off all of the bramleys he can, as well as eating the chives and actually chewing the garlic chives to ground level level

    My sister gave me 2 blackcurrant bushes which she'd grown from cuttings of hers, so I'm hopefull for my own crop next year

    I've a feeling it is going to take me longer than 6 weeks to clear the pile of stuff in my freezers, but the store stuff is going down really quickly. I need to tackle the indoor kitchen cupboards sometime, as they are also bulging with stuff None of it is too old, though (I hope)!
    Originally posted by mrssd
    My freezer is still so full that I have to be careful that the door is properly shut, it's just that the quality of what is there is going down! Well, I've got loads of fruit and veg which is good, but loads of odd things like small pots of left over gravy or a bag of cake crumbs or left over Chinese chips . I've still got loads of pitta bread, fajitas, odd rolls etc which I'm trying to get through and find ways to use up the other stuff.

    I need to defrost the freezer as it's quite frosted but i need to reduce what's in it, it's too much to cope with!
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    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 7:24 AM
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    OUT: chicken breasts and I'll make a Sicilian sauce with some tinned toms and a jar of Baba ganoush from store that needs using for tonight. Might stick a couple of anchovies in as well for good measure and then freeze the rest of the jar. I'll stuff a couple of Romano peppers that want using to go with it - possibly with couscous and a bit of veg. OH doesn't like couscous, but will eat it if it is well seasoned with other stuff.

    One of the older allotment holders told me that everyone's courgettes have done really well this year and that I could have as many of his as I wanted to pick. He'll happily take something from the freezer for his tea tonight in exchange and isn't fussy how long it has been in the freezer! I can't palm him off with something that even I don't know what it is, can I? So, I've taken out a lasagne that was put in last week in exchange.

    I came across a really good recipe for courgette fritters in yesterday's Grauniad. The comments below give some good ideas for variations and, as I have quite a bit of feta, I'll make some up and freeze them. There are always good food ideas in there.

    Right. Mutt wants out.
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 12:02 PM
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    Just back with the Bejam (Bejam Freezer = Bichon Frise), a carrier bag full of courgettes and around 4lbs of gooseberries. The allotment holder, (I'll call him "Joe" after my favourite uncle), was delighted with the lasagne and has put in a request for a pot of gooseberry jam when I get around to making it - probably this evening. His wife died 5 years ago and she used to make it and he misses it. I assume he misses her, also. If I throw in a cottage pie (there's 4 in the freezer!) he'll let me have some blackcurrants tomorrow, which he will pick. I pointed out that the lasagne was similar to a cottage pie, but he told me he likes both. He's quite happy with our "arrangement" but pointed out his lack of teeth and the fact that he has never gotten on with his false set, so doesn't wear them. Consequently, he only wants soft food. The mutt was quite happy to help him eat his corned beef sandwich. He told me he (like many others) keep allotments mainly for a hobby and happily give away lots of produce (they are not allowed to sell it on for cash, apparently), but it seems I am their new favourite, as I offer something in return. I can't believe people would be so greedy as to take what they can and not give something back! He's lifting his onions next week, I think, and will let me have some once they have dried off, together with some carrots. Plenty potatoes starting next month. He did hint that he loves home-made soup, particularly leek and potato. No problem. I'll even knock up some soda bread, or cheese scones to go with it, if he likes.

    Well...Who'd have known it? Gooseberry bushes have thorns! My arms are scratched to bits, but worth it. I didn't know they were armoured! You learn something new every day.
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 12:12 PM
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    Hopeless Case: Watch your dogs eating aliums (onion, garlic, leeks etc) as it is poisonous to them. Having said that, we once had a Staffie/Jack Russell cross who ate absolutely ANYTHING and, if it didn't agree with him, returned it from whence it came, or - as was more usual - threw up on the kitchen floor. I can't leave bananas in reach as the mutt loves them. Same with blueberries. He's also good at hoovering up frozen peas that I regularly manage to spill. NOTE TO SELF: seal the bl**dy bag before putting back in the freezer.

    I can relate to you not being able to get the freezer top closed. HINT: a 4 pack of beans and a 4 pack of tomatoes on the lid helps!
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