Clearing out the freezer & cupboards challenge(245 Posts)
So, I am having a very expensive month (car failed MOT, cat got in another fight, birthdays etc) & it has struck me that I have 2 freezers & an understairs cupboard full to bursting with food that needs to be eaten! So, I am challenging myself to see how long I can go without buying anything (other than basics)
Who would like to join me? We could perhaps give each other inspiration for recipes for the random ingredients that we find?
Tonight's dinner is Fray Bentos pie ( but yummy!) with mash, veg from freezer & gravy - warming, delicious & easy on a day like today!
Have listed what's in out 'big' freezer - and added 2 lots of chicken stew.
Will do the small freezer in the kitchen and cupboards tomorrow then I will do a menu plan using as much as I can from what we have.
Restocked my freezer over the weekend so it is now full of meat and bread. It is only little though so I get to restart the freezer emptying challenge every few weeks
Forgot to add, left overs quiche had yesterday used for lunch today and probably tomorrow. Chicken and random roast veg using up the bits in the fridge before I buy fresh stuff. Anything not included in that will go in some soup as I want to have some to go in the freezer for Tuesdays which as a bit crazy dinnertime wise and need something super quick ready.
I used up my old blue cheese in soup - made enough for dinner last night and tonight, and another 3 portions went in the freezer for work lunches. I finished the last of the cous cous for lunch today. Tonight I will be finishing the rice and beans from the weekend, along with some mushrooms that were getting wrinkly in the fridge which I cooked with onion, garlic, lemon juice, paprika and chilli.
My problem is I love to cook, so I get things out of the cupboards/freezer to use up, and end up making enough for a small army and needing to freeze the left overs.
Minestrone is a great user upper of leftovers. You can use all or any of the following: the stock from a boiled up chicken carcass, a dry old lump of parmesan rind, any veg that's a bit past its best, shredded up small (can be a winter minestrone with root veg, cabbage etc, or a summer one with lettuce.) A good way to use the last few frozen peas or green beans in the bag as well. A GREAT way to use up dried beans and pulses. And either small leftover bits of bacon, pork or ham. And any stray bits of pasta, when you are left with not enough to make a proper pasta meal. You can make loads then freeze it.
Finally found out when DP will finally get paid, and its not until 14 feb, so we are extending the cubgrub challenge.
Here is the meal plan (confession: we spent £20 on essentials last night)
Tuesday: spag + garlic + chilli (yesterday)
Wednesday: fish And veg
Thursday: leon aloo gobi
Friday: lamb curry
Saturday: chicken and veg
Sunday: beef and veg
Monday: beef sanwiches
Tuesday: bunny paella
Wednesday: chilli con carne
Thursday: yorkshires and veg and gravy
Friday: chickpea curry and dahl
Saturday: fish finger sarnies
Sunday: something on toast
Monday: veg something
Wednesday: chicken and veg
Thursday: cottage pie
Friday: pasta bake
Oh and I am already panicking about the cost of the shop I am going to have to do on February 15th!!
(to add to the above lunches are veg soup and hm bread/crackers, bfast is toast/museli/porridge)
@redmayne that kind of occurence is often covered on contents insurance.
Thanks Leilandri re: frozen stir fry, will look out for that.
Fresh stir fry seems to go off before you've even returned from the shops, & since the point of stir-fry is usually to use up odds & ends from the fridge it would make sense to have this veg mix on hand in the freezer!
Done freezer reconciliation, binned ancient fish fillets & several unidentified items. Found enough meat, veg & various sauces to last until next week.
But still managed to spend far too much at Sainsburys this afternoon . Need to get more of a grip!
at cubgrub ethelb
@neither another MN'er referred to cubgrub days which were factored into her meal planning!
I am so busy this week that I am not actually eating properly - so I am using up a lemon cake from fridge rather than dinners. I had planned on things like lamb meatballs with pasta, and chicken (fajitas 1 night, w/mushrooms in white wine sauce another) last week - none of which happened. At least I was able to freeze the meats with space cleared in freezer.
AP made a veggie curry last night, which looks nice (I will eat some tonight, I had to talk to DMum last night so put me in too bad form and made DD's bedtime difficult, so I just went stratight to bed at 9 once DD was settled). Used up a sauce and lots of veg from fridge.
I will make something from freezer tomorrow (DD and AP are having pizza using bases from fridge and odds and sods they find), and DH is taking us all out to Milanos (our version of Pizza Express) on Sat to celebrate his homecoming. I might do the meatballs and pasta on Sunday.
For a minute there biddy I read that as you are having lemon cake for dinner
Sausages tonight, pizza tomorrow. Yay!
Well, I just prepared some strawberry ice cream using some squashy strawberries I'd put in the freezer before they went bad. I'll put it in the ice cream maker tomorrow. Now I get to eat ice cream and feel virtuous.
HearMyRoar you read right. I was too depressed after the bad week and my mum on top of it...
Yesterday, we had the chicken and mushrooms in white wine and cream sauce.
Today, we are having lamb meatballs with pasta, tomato sauce and lots of veggies.
Tomorrow, DD and AP are having battered fish and oven chips (DH and I are having a nice pasta dish as it is our anniversary and we cannot get out for it alone tomorrow, last weekend, next weekend or all this week - it will actually be maybe the Friday night of 2 weeks time!! or else the night before he goes away again in 3 weeks).
AP is cooking Wed.
Thurs, I am planning on chicken fajitas, and Fri will probably be something quick and easy but from stocks rather than takeaway.
The only meat I bought this weekend was some sausages (don't get to that supermarket regularly and they make a lovely dinner - and can be frozen). And spent very little on other stuff too.
Last night, DH and I finished off the last of the chocolate cake DD and I had made last Sunday - just heated in microwave for 20s and it was fine! I still have about 3 slices of the lemon cake to use up.
Could you use the lemon cake as pudding with custard.
Where, I could do that, but I had a large slice last night (after dinner though, so not as bad as last week) and there is only 1 large slice left that I'll probably eat tonight straight up with my cup of tea.....
I am not putting on pounds despite this badness - but I need to get rid of it (that's the last cake) so that the LOSING pounds regime kicks in again (I have at least a stone to lose before a wedding in May).
Hiya, fell off the thread due tO house-moving woes...but it's all back on again so here I am!
Cupboard clearing and freezer emptying going well here, we had christmas pud and custard for pudding yesterday have another one still to use so it's all festive over here!!
Tonights dinner will be pre-frozen homemade chicken curry and rice as I have two portions left, the DDs have been admirably tackling many portions of macaroni cheese and pasta pesto: I always make double/triple and freeze leftovers with stuff like that cos then I can defrost DS a portion in 90 seconds. And how many fishfingers do YOU have lurking in yor freezer? I confess a habit of bunging in a packet to the trolley automatically as they are so cheap and easy
and I luffs them ...
I have until next week to finish the stocks, but would like to defrost the freezer before we move if I can....
Whoah, thread killer! Has EVERYBODY run out of food??!!
I'm down to one freezer drawer and a half empty cupboard. I actually had enough room (and motivation) to completely deep clean the fridge/freezer the other day- this is unheard of as usually I do it surrounded by huge piles of freezer stuf in boxes!!
However, there is discontent in my cupboards as the remaining stock is clearly aware something is afoot. The tin of Spam is watching me with suspicion. And I think the last packet of Fishfingers may be planning to tunnel out before they are selected....
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