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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    redfox
    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
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    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Sep 18, 9:24 AM
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    dannie
    Currently this month, I have used up 24 food items from 100 (acquired before the start of this month). Today, the online (food) grocery order arrives.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Sep 18, 8:52 PM
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    caronc
    In: pea & ham soup, runner beans
    Out: mash, ikea meatballs, piece of stottie cake

    Used up: cottage cheese, camembert, baked beans
    GC - Jun 206/230, Jul 211/150, Aug 105/140, Sep 132/160
    GC YTD 2018- 1166/1390
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 11th Sep 18, 9:14 PM
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    OUT of freezer - two turkey steaks (griddled with paprika/cayenne/mild chilli/sweetchilli sauce
    OUT of fridge - salad
    OUT of veg box - baby potatoes (for Actifry Spicy Wedges sprinkld with paprika/cayenne pepper/chilli flakes)

    IN to freezer - Whoopsied ExtraSpecial Chicken Jalfrezi (for OH) - got a Korma for me last week, so we can now have a 'Curry Night' at the weekend .
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Sep 18, 7:34 AM
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    pamsdish
    Out finished off the jar of sausage casserole mix, over some roasties left over from Sunday, popped in oven with lamb breast from freezer,
    In 2 packs of pork belly slices marinated in lime, Aldi selling off for 99p.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200=11 AUGUST180=57
    SEPT 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17


    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 12th Sep 18, 8:08 AM
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    mrssd
    Morning, All

    I've not been able to post for a while, due to hospital visits getting in the way and having to reschedule my days around them, but I have been busy clearing the backlog as best I can and it is now well and truly under control Very little has gone in - mainly due to the fact that I have not been in a supermarket for a few weeks and relying on online shopping for essentials. We have had some weird and unseasonal things to eat, though... OH has not been too happy at eating the vast number of unidentifiable "casseroles" I have given him, but everything that has gone into the freezer since I joined here is now labelled! Joe - on the other hand - has (so he says) really enjoyed the defrost-and-see-what-it-is element of his meals. He continues to supply me with veg and I've had some lovely rainbow chard from him recently, together with a load of shallots which I must pickle today before they pass their best.

    It is great to read of so many getting to grips with their hoarding: shows it is achievable! II am hoping to clear wardrobes soon, which I think may be harder. I pull everything out and usually end up putting most of it back. Strange that it seems to take up more space than it did originally

    Anyhow, I hope to get back on a bit more and love to read of everyone's success. I promise to try to keep my posts a bit shorter though!
    OUT TODAY: fish pies (one for Joe). Chicken to cook for the mutt - it's got freezer burn (the chicken: not the dog).
    IN TODAY (hopefully): Rainbow chard. And must pickle the shallots in time for Christmas.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 12th Sep 18, 8:13 AM
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    Out: Some beef mince, few tiny prawns, peas

    In: More thyme and basil, and some nasturtium leaves (no idea if they will be a culinary success but worth a try!!)

    We're away next week so i'm trying to use up fresh fruit veg and salad, so meals might be a bit odd over the next few days, but shepherds pie tonight which will finish off the potatoes! Going to have to put the greens of the spring onions in them as I'm not buying onions now
    Sept GC 62.58/240
    NSD target: Aug 21/20, Sept 8/14
    Sept Bring Your Lunch to Work Target
    6/13
    1 a day: Aug 60.88/31
    Sept 29.63/30
    Tesco CC 10,151.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC 4321.80 4111.7 0% til Feb 20
    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 12th Sep 18, 10:04 AM
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    abbe89
    Out: 8 pucks of frozen spinach
    In: 3 portions of chicken, paneer and veg curry made from the spinach and the previously defrosted chicken and stock!
    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th Sep 18, 11:10 AM
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    dannie
    The online (food) grocery order arrived yesterday which had a lot not sent ("item unavailable"), or one product missing and one not requested. I had accounted for this happening anyway plus the wrong product will probably be free. What was sent should not "distract" me too much from using up pre-September 2018 purchases?

    Used up some vegetable pate today so 25/100 items used up (relevant to the above date).
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Sep 18, 11:41 AM
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    Out today, 1/2 a tagine mix and some diced beef
    IN 2 reduced loaves, gammon joint, Lidl

    bag of avocado halves, diced pheasant, diced venison, 2 lge cod fillets. courtesy of the new food warehouse by iceland opened yesterday, hate the shop in town seldom go in, found this to be a pleasant experience.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200=11 AUGUST180=57
    SEPT 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17


    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 12th Sep 18, 12:06 PM
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    Stoke
    I like the idea of In and Out. Currently mine is constantly Out. My cupboards are slowly getting lighter and lighter.... it's surprisingly liberating. My aim is to have them almost bare for Christmas. I will start again next year.

    So, I found an old tin of sardines today, barely in date. Grabbed a cheap salad from the shop and that's lunch. Yeah it's not great, but it feels good to be eating on the cheap for once
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Sep 18, 7:37 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: chicken wings, corn cobette
    Used up: nothing
    GC - Jun 206/230, Jul 211/150, Aug 105/140, Sep 132/160
    GC YTD 2018- 1166/1390
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 13th Sep 18, 8:39 AM
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    I need to join in again as the freezers are bulging once again - cupboards are not too bad. Trying not to shop this weekend

    Yesterday:- I'm working through the fridge
    Fridge: In - nothing
    Out: cooked lamb, veg, fruit, bacon
    Freezers In:nothing
    Out; milk, blueberries, bread
    Cupboards In: nothing
    Out:- jelly

    Today:- will be another fridge day
    May Grocery challenge 117.37/150 only got 32.63 left
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 13th Sep 18, 8:42 AM
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    pamsdish
    Planning a chicken curry, that will use OUT 2 breasts from the freezer, I hate chicken breast, don`t know why I bought them, part of the bag of y.s. spinach and some of the frozen corriander.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 14-09-2018 at 7:39 AM.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200=11 AUGUST180=57
    SEPT 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17


    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 13th Sep 18, 10:38 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Just a bit of fruit out today, and we're having eggs for tea so probably nothing else - but nothing in either
    Sept GC 62.58/240
    NSD target: Aug 21/20, Sept 8/14
    Sept Bring Your Lunch to Work Target
    6/13
    1 a day: Aug 60.88/31
    Sept 29.63/30
    Tesco CC 10,151.56 0% 30mnths, First Direct CC 4321.80 4111.7 0% til Feb 20
    • dannie
    • By dannie 14th Sep 18, 6:55 AM
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    dannie
    26 from 100 items now used up that were purchased before the start of September 2018. Keep having small fruit portions (blackberries and black currants) but a lot left still.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 14th Sep 18, 7:42 AM
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    pamsdish
    OUT Battered Cod, and will use 1/2 a tin of mushy peas from cupboard, will have to put other 1/2 IN freezer though
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200=11 AUGUST180=57
    SEPT 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17


    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 14th Sep 18, 9:28 AM
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    zafiro1984
    Yesterday:
    Freezer
    Out:- bread, portion of apple/sponge, 2 x choc ices
    In:- tomatoes and aubergines from veg plot
    Fridge
    Out:- last of the lamb plus veg to make soup, apples, bacon
    In:- nothing
    Cupboards
    Out:- stock cubes, pulses, tin kidney beans
    In:- nothing
    May Grocery challenge 117.37/150 only got 32.63 left
    • Josie2003
    • By Josie2003 14th Sep 18, 10:02 AM
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    Josie2003
    Took some burgers out to defrost, my husband and boys will have them with some of the cheese slice mountain we seem to have. Chipping away slowly.! Need to stock up on cereal this weekend but at least the older stuff has been eaten.
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 14th Sep 18, 11:03 AM
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    whmf00001
    2nd half of packet of Asda broc & cheese pasta. Had yesterday and grated some extra cheddar on it, fine for lunch. 2nd half of Asda Curry for 2 out of freezer, bought just before I went onto hospital and had 1st half night before admission and saved this for later, now is later.
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 14th Sep 18, 10:20 PM
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    Olliebeak1951
    OUT of Freezer - 4 Gluten Free Turkey Sausages / Mixed Sliced Peppers
    OUT of Fridge - Mushrooms / 'Good Squidge' of Tomato Puree
    OUT of Cupboard - Tin Chopped Tomatoes / Tin of SmartPrice Red Kidney Beans
    OUT of Veg Cupboard - 1 Red Onion / last few pathetic cloves of garlic (new bulb ready to start)
    OUT of Herb/Spices Stash - a few shakes of paprika / cayenne / mild chilli powder / dried chilli flakes

    INTO Freezer - bag of frozen mixed vegetables - ready for making casseroles/stews for freezer
    INTO Cupboard - 2 Tins of Chopped Tomatoes
    Last edited by Olliebeak1951; 14-09-2018 at 10:22 PM.
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