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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Jan 19, 7:32 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: sausages, HM mash
    Used up: gouda cheese
    Ditched: nothing
    GC: Jan £76/£120
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 8th Jan 19, 10:13 PM
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    In potatoes and stock cubes
    Out freezer 2 packs stewing steak and pack of julienne carrots, cans peas and corn
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: £200
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 9th Jan 19, 8:36 AM
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    pamsdish
    OUT, something, think it was spinach, ricotta, mushrooms, with the remaining hassleback chicken breast,also a pack of stewing beef to throw in s/c for later.
    IN nothing, have dehydrated lemons and peppers, just no way they will go into freezers. I only count freezer stock.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 09-01-2019 at 8:39 AM.
    2018 £2285/£2149 2019 £2000-£50=£1950-£38=£1912,-£15=£1897,-£30=£1867
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 9th Jan 19, 2:39 PM
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    Searched around the freezers to make a quick soup this lunchtime. Out came turkey stock made from a carcass, some turkey 'juice' from a roast I did some time ago, cooked venison mince, I used the pulse button on the food processor to chop up 2 carrots, some celery, and a couple of leeks, added barley and lentils plus a bit of spice. Soup ready in 40mins and tasted fine.
    Now I need to have another search around for something for dinner - the dessert may be a challenge!!
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 9th Jan 19, 7:12 PM
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    I'm going to try this, I have a full freezer, and a full food cupboard, also stuff in the fridge. Since my DH passed away two and a half years ago I now live alone, so probably have enough to last for at least a month, if not more. I'm trying to avoid going to the shops this month if I can, and use up what I have, although I do need to get some flowers to take to my mumís grave for her birthday next week, so will have to go to the shops then. Iím going to do a full inventory sometime in the next couple of days, so I can see exactly what I have.


    Sue
    Weight loss challenge 1/10lbs
    Total weight loss 25lbs

    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Jan 19, 7:50 PM
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    Welcome Sue14
    Today
    In: nothing
    Out: chicken livers, pastrami, souvlaki, halloumi/veg skewers, Greek pitta
    Used: salad bag
    GC: Jan £76/£120
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 10th Jan 19, 2:29 PM
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    Sue14 Welcome, I too live alone and 2 stuffed freezers and very full cupboards, even my over flow cupboard in the hall has had to be split to another, one is now food the other cleaning products.
    OUT nothing
    IN chicken thighs for the dog, 4 y.s. pork steaks I could not pass on.
    2018 £2285/£2149 2019 £2000-£50=£1950-£38=£1912,-£15=£1897,-£30=£1867
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 10th Jan 19, 6:47 PM
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    Welcome Sue14

    Nothing in the freezers
    Out: Bread for lunch as I bought some bacon at a farmers market this morning - Bacon sandwiches

    Dinner, Yesterday made stock from an uncooked turkey back, I jointed it just before Christmas (well I actually jointed 17) I tend to leave more meat on the carcass than a butcher as I make pies etc from the meat once the stock has been made.
    I've just got in the oven cooking a puff pastry piece on which is the said turkey plus bit of Serrano ham, peas, toms, onions cream etc. The stock, now reduced, will go in the freezer as the basis for soups. Easy pudding, - leftover cinnamon ice-cream I made this Christmas.
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Jan 19, 9:24 PM
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    In: chicken kiev
    Out: oven chips
    Used up: grapes, pastrami, sprouts, green beans
    GC: Jan £76/£120
    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Jan 19, 2:08 PM
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    Hi, not posted for awhile. Not been able to get started into this challenge nor the New Year very well due to other "problems". Anyway, just thought I would say thanks for any assistance received last year regarding my challenge on this thread. Not sure when, or if I'll be back, so good luck everybody with your aims.
    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 11th Jan 19, 10:20 PM
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    So I made a list of everything in my cupboards, freezer and fridge and I have enough for about 28 meals. Also today I took out of the freezer 500g of minced beef (which I got from Mr M's before Christmas, YS for 9p!), and made a lasagne and a shepherd's pie. I had one portion of shepherd's pie for my dinner tonight, with some beans which I had leftover in the fridge, and then divided the rest up for the freezer, so I now have 7 home-made ready meals as well.


    Sue
    Weight loss challenge 1/10lbs
    Total weight loss 25lbs

    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 12th Jan 19, 8:56 AM
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    I used up five eggs that were over two weeks old, half a pot of cream and half a dozen wonky onions and made some pastry from stores - we had onion tart and half left for today - may go for a small jacket potato and polish off some rather sad salad with it
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Jan 19, 9:02 AM
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    OUT Salmon portion, beef joint for Sunday
    IN Nothing
    2018 £2285/£2149 2019 £2000-£50=£1950-£38=£1912,-£15=£1897,-£30=£1867
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 13th Jan 19, 1:04 PM
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    I've not posted for a few weeks and I'm just getting back on top of things - we defrosted the freezer over the holidays and I've got my inventory up to date and i'm doing proper meal planning again

    Starting from today:

    In:
    3 RTC chicken breasts
    3 RTC cauliflowers (Large ones for 30p each ) cut into florets and blanched
    Some elderly mushrooms which I chopped and lightly fried, to go in pasta bake next weekend
    The cauliflower stalks and leaves chopped for soup

    Out:
    Some chopped courgette (from the garden)
    4 mince pies
    Pot of mystery home made soup, should do 3 lunches this week

    I'm making a nut roast and was so pleased that the only thing i needed to buy was some mushrooms which I got RTC (the rest of the bag are the ones I've put in the freezer) and I used up about 5 open bags of various nuts which needed using, all chopped up in the blender
    Last edited by Hopeless Case; 13-01-2019 at 1:08 PM.
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    • The Lady Sarah
    • By The Lady Sarah 13th Jan 19, 2:03 PM
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    sooo - trying to use the flour up and thought I would make Scones...Cheesy ones.... I now have cheese discs!! Anyone got any pointers for a newbie to baking?
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    Attempting Frugality....
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 19, 7:18 PM
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    sooo - trying to use the flour up and thought I would make Scones...Cheesy ones.... I now have cheese discs!! Anyone got any pointers for a newbie to baking?
    Originally posted by The Lady Sarah
    I'm not a wonderful baker but make a decent scone. Flat scones tend to be a result of overworking/over rolling the dough or not enough raising agent or cutting them too thinly (I aim for at least 1inch) or not having a hot enough oven. Cheese scones are for me the worst culprit for not rising (I don't know if the extra fat in the cheese changes the mix) I alway add a little extra baking soda to cheese scones. I'm sure they will taste good anyway.


    This weekend
    In: HM pate portion
    Out: chicken wings, pork steak

    Used up: frittata, strawberries, blue cheese dip.
    Ditched: nothing
    GC: Jan £76/£120
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 14th Jan 19, 11:05 AM
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    whmf00001
    My cheese discs went in freezer and now get added now and then to SC stew, softens them lovely. Took lamb out of freezer, used some frozen cabbage on Friday, took last bag of frozen rice out and had 1/2 with last of the hm cauliflower curry yesterday, other back in freezer (not thawed).
    • caronc
    • By caronc 14th Jan 19, 7:27 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: dhal, spinach, pitta, tea bags

    Used up: wrinkly parsnip, sprouting spuds, carrot & celery batons, cream, HM houmous
    GC: Jan £76/£120
    • janb5
    • By janb5 15th Jan 19, 12:31 AM
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    sooo - trying to use the flour up and thought I would make Scones...Cheesy ones.... I now have cheese discs!! Anyone got any pointers for a newbie to baking?
    Originally posted by The Lady Sarah

    I`d suggest that when you`ve made the mixture, pat it out gently without using a rolling pin before using your cutters and you`re much more likely to have decent risen scones that way. Make sure your oven is on the correct heat and preheated. Persevere- it will get better
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Jan 19, 7:31 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: pasta
    Used up: dhal & spinach LO from dinner yesterday, mushrooms
    GC: Jan £76/£120
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