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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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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 11th Aug 18, 3:00 PM
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    Just when I thought I was on top of things I find a block of puff pastry buried at the back of the fridge, forgot I’d bought it and BB 31/07 so I made some sausage rolls, 2 small frangipane tarts, one with nectarines the other apricots, suffice to say yesterday’s meals were not the most balanced or healthiest.

    Out – pork sausages, block of puff pastry,

    In – 3 small sausage rolls,

    Used up – 2 nectarines, 4 apricots, ground almonds,
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Aug 18, 6:24 PM
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    Since Friday:
    In: portion courgette, rice & feta filo pie, tattie scones

    Out: bbq ribs, rump steak, peppercorn sauce
    Used up: green beans, an over ripe tomato

    • t1redmonkey
    • By t1redmonkey 13th Aug 18, 1:35 PM
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    I haven't posted in this thread at all yet, but I have been applying this philosophy to the way I eat, and have so far only spent £12 in total on food in August (which is entirely on lunchtime sandwiches) and I reckon I'm still good for another few weeks at least

    Amazing how many meals we can get out of food we already have in the freezer and cupboards once we take stock!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Aug 18, 7:33 PM
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    Hi t1redmonkey- it's scary how much builds up in stores. I suspect I could last several months.


    In: nothing
    Out: cupasoup, Greek pitta
    Used up: slightly wrinkly red pepper

    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 14th Aug 18, 6:54 AM
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    We all seem to be winning this battle, folks. I don't know about others, but I get a huge sense of achievement when I see how little I am spending now and how much room I now have in my she-shed: I could fit another freezer in (joking!).

    Grandkids gone back home armed up with enough tablet to keep them hyper for months. So, that got rid of two tins of condensed milk and a load of sugar from the store. I have told them to dish it out amongst friends. The freezer and store have taken good knocks whilst they were here So have the loo rolls.

    I got loads of sorrel from Joe's allotment before he went on holiday and onions, so have made some lentil and sorrel soup for the freezer and chopped and frozen the rest of the sorrel.

    OUT: loads!
    IN: Two top quality stuffed turkey breasts. Too good to miss flash sale, so that's Christmas sorted!
    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 14th Aug 18, 7:01 AM
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    I read that as being BB 2007. I did wonder what 11 year old pastry from the fridge would taste like... It's early and it took me a few minutes for my brain to catch up with the rest of me, which is slow at the best of times I often do that: I buy blocks of the all butter pastry when it is on special, shove it in the fridge and forget all about it until it is too late. Well done on rescuing yours in time.
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 14th Aug 18, 7:55 AM
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    morning all


    Dh has been plodding through his soups so starting to see some space in the freezer.


    IN - my normal weekly shop, 3/4 jar of pizza topping from making pizza on saturday



    UU - left over roast beef from sunday's dinner for lunch and the cheese left over from making pizzas on saturday was used for the top of the lasagne



    Out - 3 x soups from freezer, 2 x bolognaise from freezer as made a lasagne

    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 14th Aug 18, 3:43 PM
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    After attempting this earlier this year around Christmas.... I am now 100% focused on actually emptying my cupboards of almost everything. I essentially want to start again. I may even re-organise my kitchen when I do. It does mean I am eating some food I probably wouldn't usually when taking my slimming world seriously but it's all about a balanced diet and counting those syns
    • dannie
    • By dannie 14th Aug 18, 6:17 PM
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    Sorry, not been around as much as things have kept getting in the way. Also, with no clear aim for this challenge this month, it has affected my motivation somewhat? However, notable was coming home yesterday with a lot of free plums picked from a nearby tree and the current freezer drawer space is 2 from 4 only being used. Need to collect more garden edibles and free blackberries soon.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Aug 18, 7:50 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: pork fillet, pitta, french beans, tea bags

    Used up: yoghurt dip, peppercorn sauce

    • dannie
    • By dannie 15th Aug 18, 2:35 PM
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    Went out this a.m. for free blackberries and came back with a fairly heavy carrier bag of them. Still a lot more available to pick. Left the (mentioned) gardening task for another day.

    Started to sort out all my "old" herbs and spices. Sorted some fenugreek seeds and am trying to sprout them. Also, have to decide what to order for my online (food) delivery tomorrow.
    Last edited by dannie; 15-08-2018 at 2:37 PM.
    • littlesimplelivingcottage
    • By littlesimplelivingcottage 15th Aug 18, 3:29 PM
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    Hello all, I've just started reading this thread to get ideas as I am wanting to go through my cupboards to make them more manageable but unsure on exactly how I should go about it! Do you make a physical list or is there some sort of computer thingy I can use to make it easier???? Should I just start with one cupboard and then go around the kitchen??
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Aug 18, 7:45 PM
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    Hello all, I've just started reading this thread to get ideas as I am wanting to go through my cupboards to make them more manageable but unsure on exactly how I should go about it! Do you make a physical list or is there some sort of computer thingy I can use to make it easier???? Should I just start with one cupboard and then go around the kitchen??
    Originally posted by littlesimplelivingcottage
    Welcome to the thread.
    I use physical lists pinned on the freezers and inside the computer. They are easy then to update as things go/in or it. I type them so keep a copy so updating them when they get messy is easy. It works for me but I'm sure others will have different approaches.


    In: nothing
    Out: parmesan, rolls, tuna, brambles, 1/2 pack stuffed pasta

    Used up: hallomi skewer, turned roasted toms into tomato sauce

    • t1redmonkey
    • By t1redmonkey 16th Aug 18, 1:35 PM
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    Hi t1redmonkey- it's scary how much builds up in stores. I suspect I could last several months.


    In: nothing
    Out: cupasoup, Greek pitta
    Used up: slightly wrinkly red pepper
    Originally posted by caronc


    I think I'm actually going to make an inventory of everything I have in my cupboards/fridge/freezer this weekend and see exactly how many meals I can make out of what I have. I'm curious to see how long I could last on the food I've already got!
    • littlesimplelivingcottage
    • By littlesimplelivingcottage 16th Aug 18, 3:43 PM
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    Welcome to the thread.
    I use physical lists pinned on the freezers and inside the computer. They are easy then to update as things go/in or it. I type them so keep a copy so updating them when they get messy is easy. It works for me but I'm sure others will have different approaches.


    In: nothing
    Out: parmesan, rolls, tuna, brambles, 1/2 pack stuffed pasta

    Used up: hallomi skewer, turned roasted toms into tomato sauce
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thank you for this, that is a great idea! I really need to do this so I can clearly see what we have and start managing it better I'd love to have a pantry I could use and not just random stuff here and there!!!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Aug 18, 7:52 PM
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    Oh I would love an "old-fashioned" walk in pantry!


    In: HM tomato sauce
    Out: baked beans
    Used up: Salad Nicoise, cheese spread, celery, corned beef

    • littlesimplelivingcottage
    • By littlesimplelivingcottage 17th Aug 18, 10:07 AM
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    Oh I would love an "old-fashioned" walk in pantry!


    In: HM tomato sauce
    Out: baked beans
    Used up: Salad Nicoise, cheese spread, celery, corned beef
    Originally posted by caronc
    I'm with you on that!!! My house is so small I only have a cute 1950's store cupboard thing which is mostly filled with books, I need to sort it out so I can use it properly. I follow a lady on instagram (henhousehandmade) and she has the most wonderful walk in pantry!!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Aug 18, 8:44 PM
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    I would love to have a 50s cupboard like my Gran had but unfortunately I would need to sacrifice too much storage to get one!


    In: corned beef stew
    Out: pollock, cashew nuts, parmesan, sundried tomatoes, chickpeas

    Used up: cream cheese, avocado, filo pastry

    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 18th Aug 18, 2:22 AM
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    hi all, been a long time since i posted, i lost my mum in march and i can't really tell you what i have been doing in the last 5 months

    well my american fridge freezer broke down on the harry & meghan's wedding day, lost over £500 worth of food, thankfully frozen was insured and this paid for a lovely shiny new SMALLER one, but its full up already lol, so i intend to start making my meal plans again and using up what's in there so that I can buy more lol, only joking just being more efficient not only with fridge freezer but food stores in general
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 18th Aug 18, 7:59 PM
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    Hello all, I've just started reading this thread to get ideas as I am wanting to go through my cupboards to make them more manageable but unsure on exactly how I should go about it! Do you make a physical list or is there some sort of computer thingy I can use to make it easier???? Should I just start with one cupboard and then go around the kitchen??
    Originally posted by littlesimplelivingcottage
    I made a list of everything in my freezer(s) and store cupboards in May and made Excel spreadsheets, which worked really well for a couple of months, but I went to just one freezer a few weeks ago and didn't do it properly, I just stuffed things in wherever they would go, and now I'm not quite sure where everything is and realised I haven't been keeping my spreadsheets up to date!

    I desperately need to defrost the freezer too, but it isn't getting any emptier, plus I've been stocking up for the winter with things like herbs, courgettes and blackberries, which I don't want to use up yet, so I'm going to wait til the weather gets a bit colder and take my chances with cool bags.
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