Monday, 28 January 2019

Eat the Stores - The Freezer Challenge - 7


Freezer shelf number one at the start of this Challenge within a Challenge ...


... and as it looks now.

I'm itching to start tidying the shelves and to start putting like with like, for instance there are packs of meat on most of the shelves,  whereas it would make much more sense for them all to be together on one shelf, so that when Alan opens the door of the freezer he can immediately see what he's got available as the basis for his meals.  And the same for the bags of vegetables, vegan  and dessert options.

One thing I am going to do once this Challenge is over is to have an open box or basket on one of the shelves for all the bitty bits.  This will makes rummaging through the freezer much easier, if of course there's any rummaging needed.  I intend to keep a much tidier and slightly sparser filled freezer from the end of the Challenge onward. 


Taken out of the freezer last night was the last of the Quorn 'Fishless Fingers', and the last packet of these that I will be buying.  I want to move away from eating such processed things on a regular basis and move towards a simpler way of eating, as some people say 'things that my granny would recognise'.  And neither of my grannies wouldn't have had the foggiest idea what a Quorn Fishless Finger was!!


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10 comments:

  1. I'm trying to use something from our big freezer every day this week. It needs defrosting so I need to use as much as possible before doing that. And I want to do a big bake day to fill it up again with bread and baked goodies for when we start having days out again.

    (I don't know what a Quorn Fishless Finger is either! ;-) What's in them instead of fish? Oh, Quorn I suppose (slaps forehead). Mind you, I'm not sure what Quorn is either.

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    1. I bet you save a fortune with taking your lovely home-baked stuff on days out instead of being tempted once out :-)

      Quorn to quote the dictionary definition is - 'a type of protein-rich food made from an edible fungus and used as a meat substitute'. Some products are quite good, the 'chicken fillets' spring to mind as a good example. When used in a vegan curry they can add a good source of protein and are nice and low fat if you are avoiding fatty meats. But some others, a bit like these 'fishless fingers' are mostly bright orange breadcrumbs and as such cannot possibly be that healthy.

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  2. I took out some slices of meatloaf which was Sunday dinner - I've got ham slices for today (same veggies) and I've also taken out some minced beef to make a cottage pie today. I'm actually starting to see a wee bit of a dent although I think that will be it for this week as I also want to make a bit of a dent in the pantry. I've got sardines on toast scheduled for tomorrow's lunch and I'm going to make up some tuna salad for later in the week as well.
    I made a big pot of vegetable soup yesterday (with a bit of barley and lentils to thicken it) so I'm hoping to eat a bowl each day this week instead of putting some back into the freezer!
    A basket for all the odds & ends really does make a difference - both to stop everything from sliding about and just to make it easier to find and use up all those little containers that sometimes get lost in there!

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    1. It sounds as though you are planning your weeks food out nicely :-)

      I've just remembered that I have one of my large square freezer boxes that had it's lid broken a while ago, so I am going to see if it fits neatly on one of the shelves for the bitty bits. It will save me going out and buying something specifically for this purpose. I always prefer a re-purpose to a purchase :-)

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  3. You've done well with the freezer clearing, I don't put things into my freezer in their original packaging as I find them oversized and waste so much space. I bought a ys broccoli quiche yesterday cut it in half which will go into the freezer so in portion size for 2 adults and uses less space. I've finished my spending for January and my low spend challenge has come in at £45.12 I'm very pleased with it. I do try to keep to £1200 per year for food, cleaning products and toiletries. I'm going to continue the low spend into next month. Looking forward to what is coming out of your freezer next, I never knew you could get fish less fish fingers, I know you can get veggie fingers xx

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    1. I take some things out of their original packaging, mainly meat products when I buy large packs of say pork chops or sausages and freeze them individually for Alan, so he can get one meal out of easily without fighting with frozen things stuck together, but perhaps I should do more in future.

      I was even wondering about tipping bags of bought mixed vegetables into large tubs and having a scoop to lift out portions rather than opening and closing bags with pegs etc

      That IS a really good low spend for January, not that much more than me :-)

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  4. Thank You for the comment on Truffles post.

    cheers, parsnip

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  5. I recently de-cluttered the whole house. I'm on a minimalist trip at the moment. I'm vegan (or close enough), too. I stopped eating all those meat alternatives a while back. I cook everything from scratch, and boy does the food taste better.

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    1. I've been on and off a minimalist trip for years now. I get going and then something happens and off I go again buying 'stuff' ... it HAS to stop!!

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