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Use It Up, Don't Throw It Out
Thu 8-Jul-10
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Thanks, Ruth, have passed on the info to hubby. WellDone

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I like this thread!WellDone

 

Shereen, can you tell me about the 'cold water egg test' please? I lobbed 3 eggs today as when I shook them I could feel the inside move, somehow I have it in my head that this means they are old. Tell me if I'm wrong Doh

 

Probably once a month I'll make a huge lasagne & a cauldren of chilli, all what goes in is intentional but usually I chuck in various oddments of courgette/peppers/garlic, various remmnants of cheese are used for the lasagne cheese/white sauce. These dishes are then portioned off for freezing.

Easy garlic bread can be made if you have a couple of old rolls, slice into them (but not all the way) soften up some butter & add your chopped/cruched garlice plus some herbs (fresh or dried, whatever) spread the butter mix generously in betewwn the slices of the roll, wrap in foil & put in oven while other food cooks, fab for us, not so fab for the old ducks Sorry

 

Having a toddling mouth to feed  aswell means being a bit more thoughtful, when I open a tin of sweetcorn for example I'll use some for that meal & put the rest into a couple of tubs to freeze instead of covering in clingfilm & leaving to lurk in the back of the fridge with the half thought of using again but would usually end up in the bin, this way I can get a tub out when I need it (ie with fish fingers) defrost & re-heat. Voila. Not rocket science I know but saves wasting.Smile

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There's also refrigerator soup, ie the kind of soup made from whatever is in the fridge at the end of the week before the next shop Cheers

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Sarah-J said:

I like this thread!WellDone

 

Shereen, can you tell me about the 'cold water egg test' please? I lobbed 3 eggs today as when I shook them I could feel the inside move, somehow I have it in my head that this means they are old. Tell me if I'm wrong Doh


Sarah-J - you drop the egg gently into a glass bowl or jug that is filled with cold water to a depth of approximately 3 times the height of the egg. If the egg stays at the bottom it's fresh. If it bobs a little it's about a week old. If it stands on one end with the rounder end up it's about 2 weeks old.  If it floats above the bottom at all - chuck it!

I'll crack open an egg that stands on one end and use the nose test, but I wouldn't do that with any egg that floats above the base of the container.

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Sarah-J said:

Shereen, can you tell me about the 'cold water egg test' please? I lobbed 3 eggs today as when I shook them I could feel the inside move, somehow I have it in my head that this means they are old. Tell me if I'm wrong Doh


 

Would this be where you put an egg in a few inches of water and if it floats, it's no longer fresh? Tonight I hard boiled a 4 dozen of our surplus quail eggs (ready to pickle them) and when I put them in the pan of water, 2 of the eggs floated. Since we collect the eggs nearly every day, they should be fresh but there's a chance that some of the eggs had been hidden underneath something for a few days and they got a bit warm in the summer heat.

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JoannaS said:

There's also refrigerator soup, ie the kind of soup made from whatever is in the fridge at the end of the week before the next shop Cheers


 

Too true, Joanna - many a meal has been made like this, and with added grated potato, or leftover pasta, thickens up the soup a treat.

Sprinkle some cheese on top. Hearty soup.  Ok

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

Mon 12-Jul-10
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I picked the roast duck carcass clean last night and got a decent bowlful of shredded meat for tonight's dinner.

Monday is usually our grocery day, but since it's a Bank Holiday here G and I are lying low instead. So dinner will be stir-fried leftover duck, with the less sad vegetables from the drawer in the fridge. I've a quick look and the vege forecast includes leeks and celery; with additional carrots and baby corn for me. And onions. There will always be onions.

I'm also going to mix the last of my homemade spicy plum sauce in with the little jar of hoi sin, so it won't be wasted either.

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Using old bread to make breadcrumbs is fair enough, but when you have a couple of dry slices left at the end of a loaf, and decide to make turkey escalopes, so go to the supermarket to get some turkey and end up spending nearly £20, it may mean you've avoided throwing out some food but it doesn't exactly fit with the 'frugal' theme.

The slices of bread had been to work and back - we were going to feed it to the ducks near the lake but it was raining at lunchtime and I was busy in the afternoon and didn't have time. If only it hadn't been raining. I wouldn't be £20 poorer now Wink

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Oh Bobquail, you could have put it in a bag and put it in the freezer for when the turkey was on offer Doh.

Or maybe used them on top of leftover chicken, mixed with mushrooms and a cream of mushroom soup, laying in a lasagne-type dish, sprinkle with breadcrumbs mixed with cheese. Baked for 20 mins or so. Easy-peasy supper.

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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Tsk tsk. Bobquail - your post is full of good use it up intentions, but it sure 15doesn't live up to them. You ought to listen to Brightspark - breadcrumbs freeze really well and would have kept until you could use them.

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I made the mistake of mentioning to OH that we had the bread and could make breadcrumbs. From that moment on, she wanted breaded chicken or turkey. We didn't have any meat in the house and somehow a breaded courgette didn't sound as nice.

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brightspark said:

I've been sporked !!!!!!!

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Do I win a prize?


 

I can,t keep popping over big_laugh 

KEEP it clean i know what you ALLL are thinking

Sun 18-Jul-10
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You causing trouble again, Nige.

Why do you always make me laugh?

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"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

"You don't spell it, you feel it" (Pooh).

 'A hug,' said Pooh 'is always the right size!' 

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We had a use it up fail tonight. I planned to take dinner leftovers into work for lunch tomorrow. But before I could stop him, G had thrown out the leftover cheese and tomato flat bread. I managed to save the risotto, but I've had to add some crackers.

In better using up news: dinner was made with leftover Sunday roast chicken and chicken stock made from the carcass. It also used up 5 inches of lovely Lidl chorizo and a small tub of grated cheese from the freezer.

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