So the Eat the Stores Challenge has lasted for the last month, during which we started off eating our way through the contents of the leftover from Christmas fresh items in the fridge, adding them to things taken from the cupboards to make meals until I was able to give all the cupboards a really good tidy. Once the cupboards were all nice and neat ... as shown on this post ... I decided to concentrate my efforts on the food storage that was annoying me the most and that was driving me mad in it's messiness ... the freezer.
And so the challenge within a challenge ... The Freezer Challenge was born.
The top photo shows the freezer as it looked on 4th January, the day I worked my way around the kitchen photographing all our food stores.
This photo shows it last night ...
... and this one this morning.
When I finally lost my temper with the garlic breads that kept falling out at me every time I opened the freezer door and decided to stash them with the equally tall packs of pastry in one of the door pockets ... with the curry sauces holding them upright.
Now to run through the shelves in the main body of the freezer. The before photo each time was taken on the 4th January and the after one was taken this morning.
Shelf One before.
Shelf One after.
Shelf Two before.
Shelf Two after.
Shelf Three before.
Shelf Three after.
Shelf Four before.
Shelf Four after.
Some quite dramatic differences in my opinion, and it does show that if you concentrate on a particular area for a Challenge you can make a huge and very satisfying difference.
The freezer drawers are still exactly the same as when I showed them here, so I won't bore you with more photos of them.
So that's it my Eat from the Stores and The Freezer Challenge over and done with and a brand new month starting tomorrow, how did January whizz by so quickly, its amazing how fast the time is going.
What am I doing next I can almost hear you asking ... well the first job of today is a good tidy up of what's left in the freezer, write out a shopping list and then a quick visit to the shops to give us a standby supply of bread and fresh foods. We do need some back up supplies with all this bad weather we are having, and I have to get the car out of the drive while we have it gritted and I can actually get down the slope safely.
What I won't be doing however, is overstocking with anything as I am still in use it up and wear it out mode, so we will continue to keep our spend low and our cupboards, fridge and freezer feeding us before any dashing off on shopping expeditions just for the sake of it.
Oh, and talking of spending ... we spent just £32.18 on additional foods during January.