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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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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 15th Sep 18, 8:24 AM
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    pamsdish
    Didn`t eat the fish and chips yesterday so those today, used some left over bacon from the fridge instead.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • Katarm
    • By Katarm 15th Sep 18, 9:11 AM
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    Katarm
    New to this!
    Hi I have a question regarding allotment veg. My dad has grown a load of veg etc that he passes on when he has too much. However Iím a bit worried as he waters it all from an open water butt thatís pretty nasty inside! Green, yacky, with mini water creatures! Am I being over causious?? He doesnít see a problem with it but I have three young kids so rather not risk it!
    I would obviously wash it all but itís more that itís grown from it if you know what I mean?
    Thanks in advance
    • Katarm
    • By Katarm 15th Sep 18, 9:34 AM
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    Katarm
    Also I quit my part time hours job two weeks ago and have 2 interviews coming up for full time jobs.. so my aim is currently food items out- complete meals in - lots of them as I have three young children so want lots of meals prepped for when back to work!

    Thurs
    In - 2 x pots of bolognaise
    In - 3 small HM chicken dinners that il add fresh Yorkshire’s and gravy to.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 15th Sep 18, 9:53 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Hi I have a question regarding allotment veg. My dad has grown a load of veg etc that he passes on when he has too much. However I’m a bit worried as he waters it all from an open water butt that’s pretty nasty inside! Green, yacky, with mini water creatures! Am I being over causious?? He doesn’t see a problem with it but I have three young kids so rather not risk it!
    I would obviously wash it all but it’s more that it’s grown from it if you know what I mean?
    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by Katarm
    Still, settled water is better for plants than tap water. Especially if the water in the butt is rainwater. Even if he fills it from the tap, the fact it stands will make anything nasty sink. Don't worry about algae or gribblies, they are a good sign. Peeling or washing, and cooking solve any problems, including ants in things and other insects and birds on nearly ripe fruit or veg.

    The freshness will enhance the vitamins and minerals too
    Last edited by Suffolk lass; 15-09-2018 at 9:55 AM. Reason: Added benefits
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    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 15th Sep 18, 10:52 AM
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    For today and tomorrow -

    OUT of Freezer - Ham&Cheese Crispbake; Fish; Green Beans; last of a pack of Wraps; 250gms Minced Beef (for tomorrow).

    OUT of Fridge - Salad; Cheese.

    OUT of Veg Cupboard - Baby Potatoes

    No shopping today, so nothing IN !
    • missychrissy
    • By missychrissy 17th Sep 18, 3:39 PM
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    I always try to live out of cupboards and freezers in the new year. I can usually last until about March. I grow most of own potatoes and buy long life milk from Aldi so can usually get by without topping up on anything. I keep my bread in the freezer so only take out what I'm going to use and I grate cheese and keep that in the freezer too. I keep my eggs in the fridge so they last longer. It takes a little bit of imagination thinking up some meals but I live on my own and am not very fussy.

    I enjoy seeing space appear in my cupboards, freezer and fridge. A good time for clearing and cleaning out.
    • dannie
    • By dannie 18th Sep 18, 6:49 AM
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    dannie
    My usage of food items (purchased before September 2018) is only slowly increasing. Currently, it is at 29 out of the set 100 for my mini-challenge this month. However, food ingredients are being used up in recipes (not finished yet). Recently, I have acquired some reduced price food groceries and some special offer store cupboard ingredients.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 18th Sep 18, 10:17 AM
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    Stoke
    I'm doing this on a daily basis now. Anything I can find. It makes for some wacky meals to be fair. Weetabix for lunch for example.

    Nothing wrong with that. The ultimate goal of this for me, is to have my cupboards completely empty by Christmas. Start again 2019.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 18th Sep 18, 11:29 AM
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    Catch up, OUT beef for Sunday lunch, was going to have rest Monday, but my neighbour gave me a huge chunk of left over lamb shoulder as she won`t eat fat, I love it, so had the lamb with my roasted veggies from Sunday with the last of the beans I had picked, so IN went the left over beef and gravy for another day.
    Out for a friends birthday lunch today.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Sep 18, 7:36 PM
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    caronc
    AWOL for a few days as had the kids home.
    Mainly used fresh stuff but a few things in & out.
    In: salmon side, refried beans, corned beef, lorne, tattie scones
    Out: tinned tomatoes, passatta, tea bags, tortilla chips, pinto beans

    Use up: roasted chicken, corn cobette, bread roll
    Last edited by caronc; 18-09-2018 at 9:22 PM.

    • abbe89
    • By abbe89 18th Sep 18, 10:32 PM
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    abbe89
    No major OUTs, although I've taken a few items from the cupboard that I bought for the cashback but never ate/never will to the food bank.


    I go on holiday next week, and my plan is to try and eat everything in my fridge before then so I have a fresh start on my return!
    • dannie
    • By dannie 19th Sep 18, 6:34 AM
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    dannie
    No change to my mini challenge "use up" figure. Just one food purchase, as somebody offered to get me groceries from a shop in town which I rarely go to.



    Thanks, it's been interesting to read about your aims (regarding this challenge).
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 19th Sep 18, 8:43 AM
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    Planning what to eat today, have 4 aubergines, so thinking to pop into Aldi get some courgettes and make a sort of ratatouille, got loads of onions red and white, mushrooms in Super 6, got garlic just got to think of what meat/fish to eat with it, and freeze excess.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 20th Sep 18, 8:44 AM
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    Went Aldi yesterday, no super 6 mushrooms, so bought big tray of white, some to go in afore mentioned ratatouille, 2 packs of courgettes 1 pack of mixed peppers, also bought some y.s. minced beef, a lot of the household goods being reduced probably to make way for Christmas stock, chopped aubergines and courgettes onto 2 trays all the time thinking this is a massive amount, so had to cook them first, open freezing will cook remaining veg today and also freeze, then just amalgamate as required.BACKFIRED hugely,
    Took friend to Drs, next to Morries bought a y.s pork loin and a y.s. breast of lamb, 4 jars of y.s.sliced lemons, I use 2 slices in hot water every day in morning drink, so a lot more went IN than out yesterday.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • caronc
    • By caronc 20th Sep 18, 7:39 PM
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    caronc
    In: jointed whole chicken
    Out: HM mash, sausages
    Used up: cooked ham

    • dannie
    • By dannie 21st Sep 18, 7:43 AM
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    dannie
    My "use up" number has increased to 34/100 so far this month. (Made easier by my bread based recipes containing various ingredients/added toppings). Oops, did "grab" some "yellow-stickers" recently and more food flavourings. Not in the freezer yet, although the drawers being currently used are 2 from 4 whereby quite a lot of it is free food.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 21st Sep 18, 9:55 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    My fridge is looking emptier than the end of August but still got 2 whole cabbages and a last stub to go. I feel a cabbage soup coming on!

    The meat drawer is down to only about 10-12 items now. 3 of which are fish (which DH never fancies!) and 3 are shell-fish. I want to use up more before I buy meat again.

    We will finish the leek-sheet lasagne this evening so no need to shop today.
    MFiT T4 #2 update 90.89% after Q11 against revised stretch target of £60k balance
    Save £12k in 2018 #53 83.33% £9,999.70/£12,000 (after upping my target from £10k to £12k in October)
    OS Grocery Challenge 2018 spent £1,696.43/£3,000 including stores 67.14% of my annual budget at the end of Oct.
    My DFD is here
    • Olliebeak1951
    • By Olliebeak1951 21st Sep 18, 12:32 PM
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    My recent 'freezer sort-out' revealed two tiny freezer bags, each with 2 gluten-free sausages in .............. 2 Lincoln and 2 plain Pork.

    Tonights meal will be a sort-of 'Spicy Sausage Casserole' done in the skillet - using diced red onion, couple of garlic cloves, paprika/mild chilli/cayenne, some frozen mixed peppers, courgette, mushrooms, tinned chopped toms, chickpeas and served with GF pasta and home-made GF garlic bread .

    Due to recent A$DA delivery, I've got a 'bursting fridge'. Quite a bit of 'meat' that needs to be portioned up and added to the Freezer in convenient/thrifty useable sizes. But how come I managed to forget to order 'fresh milk'?
    Last edited by Olliebeak1951; 21-09-2018 at 12:41 PM.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 21st Sep 18, 7:42 PM
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    caronc
    In: HM chicken stock, chicken carcass pickings for soup
    Out: pea & ham soup, chicken wings, corn cobette
    Used up: brambles (given to my Dad)

    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 22nd Sep 18, 8:24 AM
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    pamsdish
    OUT cod loin which I ate with cauli mash and butter sauteed cabbage.
    Planning a freezer reorganization this morning as a few spaces appearing and need to fetch out meats for use until Tuesday.
    OUT will come, steak for tonight, 1/2 a chicken to roast for Sunday lunch and finish off Monday, 3 thighs for dog, and a pork shank which my sister and I will eat Tuesday.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
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