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What is your approach to stockpilling?
Tue 6-Oct-09
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Danny
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Does anybody have a system for freezer management?

I mean some relatively simple way of knowing what frozen dishes are in there?

Never knowingly underfed

Tue 6-Oct-09
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Well you could set up a database in open office, M$ office, or whatever, and update it whenever you put something in or take it out.

Or keep lists pn paper, updating by adding and crossing out.

For someone of my temperament - fat chance. I have not much idea what is in my freezer, which has overflowed to my Dad's. or how long it has been there.

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Thu 8-Oct-09
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Ruthdigs
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How about one of those write on, wipe off boards attached to the front / lid.  Then easy to wipe stuff off as eaten / add new goodies from the CFC.  I have a magnetic one on my fridge for my shopping list – free from the council to promote less food wastage.  If anyone's in Devon you can request one here: http://recycledevon.org/info-and-goodies/merchandise.php  It says they consider non-devon residents requests on an individual basis but I guess other councils may do similar things?

Fri 9-Oct-09
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Brilliant idea. Thanks Ruth.

Fri 9-Oct-09
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Danny
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If there is one thing that i have learned from this forum, it's that you must be careful about encouraging people wot lives in Devon. Give en an inch and they will rule the world! LaughCoolSurprisedConfused

As it happens, my priority task tomorrow is to defrost our indoor upright freezer. I think we will take the opportunity to initiate some freezer management techniques. Like writing down the contents on the back of an envelope (that may get lost in a pile somewhere in this house). It's a very ancient device but she keeps on going with a little TLC and loads of watts.

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Sun 11-Oct-09
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JoannaS
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My hubby always moans I never label anything but then he doesn't stock the freezer and I normally prepare the food. I just embrace the element of the surprise like Fiona's shin of beef, something I can relate to. By the way before thinking my hubby is being chauvinistic he washes up after me, a job I would hate to do and only occasionally moans about the mountain of washing up I produce in preparing food.

Sun 11-Oct-09
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Im a bit like a hamster i have a stock pile of food about 6 months worth just in case. brought 34 tins of sardines was on a speical offer from 74p down to 17p . same as tin toms got at 19p now 51p.

Mon 14-Dec-09
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update on my stock pile.

I now {think}, I have enough food for 3 weeks, mostly canned goods.  So I am nearly at my target of 1 months worth of food.  This does not include my normal cupboard or the freezer....

I also have a years worth of all toiletries we use.  this is mostly incase of redundancy, as these items are most costly and they would seem extravagant in that circumstances.  I just need 8 toothbrushes which will be bought in the 99p shop and I dont have to worry about that.  Take an item out, add it to the list to replace when cheap or on offer.

Danny I also have a small paperback ruled book. detailing what is in the feezer.  Takes something out, change the total.  pen and small book live in a plastic pocket attached to side of freezer.  something like this but I bought mine at the 99p shop and it is paperback soft cover.

http://www.viking-direct.co.uk/catalog/catalogSku......;id=VKA014

Wed 16-Dec-09
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JoannaS
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I tried everything to remind me to update the freezer book and I just don't stick to it, drives hubby mad, did offer to let him sort it all out but that didn't work.

I am currently stockpiling or rather trying to, the problem is that our little local shop has started running out of things as the economy goes downhill here in Latvia, which has thrown my stockpiling of certain items to pot. It used to be like that not so long ago but in the last two years the stocking levels had really improved in the shop. Now as bills don't get paid, things don't get re-stocked. We won't go hungry that is for sure but it does make shopping local more challenging CryCry

Wed 6-Jan-10
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I've always been a hoarder.  I inherited the condition from my mother, who still had a post-war mentality!  I always have loads of sugar, flour, pasta, rice, tins of stuff etc. etc.  When I come back to the UK, there are things I can't get in Brittany which I buy in quantity, like jelly, cans of rice pudding, mint jelly, Bird's custard etc. etc.  I have freezers which I put my home grown produce in - the second year I was here I had two pigs who went to the freezer, I have my own hens for eggs, and freeze quiches and pancakes when I have a surplus of eggs which I haven't sold to friends.  Here we don't get the BOGOF offers you do in the UK, but things do go on promotion and I buy then. 

I made jams, in the summer and elderflower champagne which was wonderful!  I have sloes in the freezer to make into sloe gin when I get round to it, and tonight I had a rhubarb crumble made with last summer's fruit. 

This looks to be a really great forum and I'm glad I've joined.

Wed 6-Jan-10
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Welcome Henswoman.  Join in all over,I do!!!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Another newbie, welcome Henwoman.  As SOL said, join in all over the place.

I'll try that again!

Thu 7-Jan-10
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Success today, we went to the big town and actually found packets of raisins, bought about six packs (they are not huge though Embarassed) but at least my cupboards are pretty full to bursting now. So far winter has been quite tame, there has been no great accumulations of snow here where I live (Latvia), just three to four inches at a time so it is nice and deep but nothing that the locals can't handle. Not like last year when we got two foot in two days - took them a little longer to clear that.

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I love raisins.  could you find craisin? cranberry raisins.  oh how I love those

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