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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.
    Originally posted by Middy
    I'm a Board Guide on the Quick Grabbit, Food Shopping & Groceries, Shop but don't drop, Loans and Cutting Tax boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 1st Aug 18, 8:52 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: macaroni, parmesan

    Used up: spring onions
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    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 2nd Aug 18, 4:59 PM
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    Maisie M
    today


    Used up: 3 x scones


    In: nothing


    Out: 2 x flatbread (all gone), 1 x naan bread, 2 x burgers


    chucked out: 2.5 x bags four (rice flour 0.5 bag dated 2012 and 1 bag dated 2014, wholewheat plain flour 1 bag dated 2013 no idea why I had bought these but given the dates we so long ago I decided to bin them). This should be the last things to go as I am fairly sorted with everything else.

    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Aug 18, 8:20 PM
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    In: butternut squash & black bean chilli
    Out: Greek pitta
    Used up: soured cream
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 3rd Aug 18, 9:31 AM
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    Need2bthrifty
    Out – cooked parma ham, marmalade chicken, cooked prawns.

    In – portion of tomato risotto, raw king prawns

    Used up – watermelon
    Keep Moving = 554.00mls/1000mls @ week 26

    W/L Challenge (24/6 - 30/9) - 4/14
    • natlie
    • By natlie 3rd Aug 18, 11:28 AM
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    natlie
    Hi I'm new to this thread but I have £34 left until pay day on the 20th so really need some focus to help me use up cupboard stuff

    I am going to do an inventory later but last night I managed

    Coconut Dhal
    Rice
    Naan Breads
    Onion Bhajis
    Chips and Mango chutney from the fridge/freezer/cupboards

    Nat
    £27328 £26,728 £26,668
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 3rd Aug 18, 6:39 PM
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    Nothing in yet but hubby cooking up a vat of bologniase so that will get portioned up and frozen tomorrow.


    out - spicy tomato soup

    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd Aug 18, 8:14 PM
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    In: french beans
    Out: pitta, spaghetti, parmesan
    Used up: nothing


    ETA: welcome natlie
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Aug 18, 7:22 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: pitta, chicken thighs
    Used up: tandoori lamb, 1/2 a cucumber
    GC - Jul £211/£150, Aug £105/£140, Sep £152/£160, £95/£200
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 5th Aug 18, 5:12 PM
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    dannie
    Hi, since my last post (1/8/18), I've focused mainly upon sorting out the cluttered fridge contents and foraging. Some of it has gone in the freezer so the drawers are getting fuller again. Not so bad however, as paid for food is one full drawer whereas unpaid for, is in another drawer 75% full.


    N.B. freezer has 4 drawers.
    Last edited by dannie; 05-08-2018 at 5:36 PM.
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 5th Aug 18, 5:44 PM
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    Busy weekend but nothing in apart from the 16 portions of Bolognaise sauce made by DH on Friday.


    Out: 5 square sausage, 8 bacon medallions, lentil and bacon soup, minestrone soup

    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th Aug 18, 9:13 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: steak, peppercorn sauce, tinned sweetcorn

    Used up: cheese spread, salad dressing, roasted veg, jerk spiced chicken
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    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 6th Aug 18, 7:47 AM
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    mrssd
    I'm back It all got a bit chaotic since my last post. We had difficulty getting accommodation and good kennelling for the mutt when we went up to Scotland for the funeral and decided to take out caravan with us: it was easier to get on a site and take the dog with us! We also extended our trip, as we had completely forgotten we had a week's holiday booked back down in England with the caravan. So - before leaving - we stocked Joe up with easy meals in his freezer, so he didn't go hungry and then refilled him when we got back and before we left for our holiday. I took a rake of stuff from the food mountain and we lived on that for the best part of our week away. I even managed to use up the long-life and dried milk powder. I also forgot to order an on-line shop for our return...

    The result of all the foregoing is that I've used up so much stuff that I now have one empty freezer and the stockpile of other stuff has been reduced to a dull roar OK - we have been eating some weird and wonderful meals, but it is all good. I had a huge cooking session early yesterday morning and have made a load of meals for us and Joe to use up the rest of the casserole meats that were lurking in the bottom of the freezer, and made a GALLON (yes: a gallon) of soups to use up Joe's courgettes . Courgette soup is wonderful and can also be eaten cold. They also make a fabulous minestra soup as well. Do courgettes ever stop growing? When I took the stuff round to Joe early yesterday evening, he asked me if I could use a few more, so I said I would take a few and make him some courgette fritters this morning, which I've done. All he has to do is spread them on an oven tray and heat until the required texture he likes is achieved. I'll take these around shortly and get some raspberries and tomatoes from him. The mutt loves tomatoes, but have to be careful not to give him too many. Did you know that a couple of raspberries will relieve a constipated dog? OK, I'm waffling now!

    Nice to see so many newbies and revivers of accounts on here: A big welcome to you all. A special welcome to soworried, as your itinerary looks almost as bad as mine did, but thanks to all the lovely people on here, I have now (kind of) got my stocks under control. I plan on doing the kitchen cupboards today, but they are not too bad. At least everything is less than a year old. I know that because I had everything out at Christmas looking for the turkey baster! I never did find it.

    So. I am glad to be back and I promise not to waffle too much in future.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 6th Aug 18, 8:10 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Welcome back mrssd - and good progress on the clear-out!

    I think the courgettes will go on forever - I've just had them for breakfast (Left over from last night, cooked with mushrooms and paprika and herbs, with a few pine nuts. Just had them in a wrap, delicious )

    My freezer is still so full that it's hard to find things, but I've taken out all the blackberries I can find to make jam, and now to pick more to last me over the coming year - and to find room to store them!

    Out: 3 small pork medallions, load of blackberries, 2 pieces of homemade fruity soda bread, a corn tortilla wrap
    In: Nothing
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    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 6th Aug 18, 8:19 AM
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    Flat Eric
    Is it ok to use food products where either the packaging has got damaged in the freezer and the product (eg beef strips have ice crystals on them) (for want of a better description). I also have sandwich chicken that I bought - the same has happened here.


    I am determined to make do and use up !

    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 6th Aug 18, 8:28 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Is it ok to use food products where either the packaging has got damaged in the freezer and the product (eg beef strips have ice crystals on them) (for want of a better description). I also have sandwich chicken that I bought - the same has happened here.


    I am determined to make do and use up !
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    I do eat food whcih this has happened to, I think that all it would be likely to do would be to spoil the taste/texture a bit, having said that it woud probaby be better to cook the food just in case, which might not work with the sandwhich chicken, but coud you use it for something else?
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    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 6th Aug 18, 9:51 AM
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    Back home after hip operation so am glad I had prepared in advance. Am using pre-cooked beef mush/chicken mush/jkt potatoes, had plenty of frozen veg and pre-made and frozen soups so thats clearing freezers a little. Used pkts of mash and rice also cheapo pkts of dried pasta meals from Asda - just add boiling water & microwave for lunch. Still have plenty of food but not allowed to bend to get from lower shelves yet so rely on friends and family to get that stuff out. Halogen still a little heavy to lift lid but will soon be OK. Slow Cooker a godsend as is the microwave. Soon be able to check scales
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Aug 18, 11:12 AM
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    caronc
    Glad the op went well whmf!


    Those with an excess of courgettes/garden veg might like this recipe.


    Allotment Slice (serves 4)
    2-3 medium courgettes grated and squeezed to remove excess water (or diced cooked potatoes)
    ½ lb mixed veg chopped small (if using frozen defrost first and drain any liquid)
    Handful chives or a few spring onions finely chopped
    Sliced tomatoes to top
    4oz grated cheddar
    4-6oz cooked ham or bacon diced (optional)
    6 eggs
    ¼ pint milk
    Chopped parsley (optional)
    Salt & pepper

    Mix all the veg bar the tomatoes, the ham, the parsley and half the cheese thoroughly.
    Whisk the eggs with the milk and salt & pepper, combine well with the veg mix.
    Grease and line a small roasting tin
    Pile mix in the tin and spread evenly. Top with sliced tomatoes and remaining cheese. Bake at 170C for 30 !!!8211; 40 mins until the middle is just set. Allow to cool in the tin for 10-15 mins before slicing. Delicious warm or cold.
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Aug 18, 7:16 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: cupasoup, mash

    Used up: sweetcorn, 2 courgettes, brambles, cucumber
    GC - Jul £211/£150, Aug £105/£140, Sep £152/£160, £95/£200
    GC YTD 2018- £1281/£1590
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 7th Aug 18, 6:45 AM
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    mrssd
    Ooh! Blackberry jam is my favourite. OH can't eat it as it plays havoc with his top set! All the more for me, as life is too short to make him a seedless one.
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 7th Aug 18, 6:50 AM
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    mrssd
    Back home after hip operation...
    Originally posted by whmf00001
    Hope your recovery means you will soon be back to firing on all four cylinders, whmf0001.
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