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What is your approach to stockpilling?
Thu 7-Jan-10
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JoannaS
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In Latvia!!!!!!!! I am lucky I can find raisins, they are elusive at times. I can find apricots and prunes most of the time. I can find cranberries but not under the foot of snow we now have LaughLaugh

Sat 30-Jan-10
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I cut my small chest freezer up to make an air condintion unit and a hover its full of crushed cans i found Whistle i put in on at night on eco7 i have cut holes in the celing to blast cold air out of in the summer another good freezer and hover ruined lol storyof my life. when i lived with jades mother i cut up the kids bunk bed up to make a go cart she was not too happy the the kids loved it .

Mon 1-Feb-10
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I stockpile rice, couscous, pasta and flour in large glass jars in the cupboard under the stairs. And I think I hold a monopoly on tins of tomatoes and tinned beans, at least judging from the stacks in my larder cupboard where the jars and tins live. Visibility is good in those cupboards so it's easy enough to rotate stock as its needed. I used to leave the starches in the packets they came in, but I got an infestation of those tiny little insects in a bag of flour once, and switched to storage jars instead.

The freezer's another ball game altogther. It's a 4-drawer, under the work top model and it's... well let's just say it's rather well stocked. G hates having to get anything out of it because he says he can never find what he's looking for.

I'm not organised enough to have an inventory. Instead I try to keep all the raw meat in the bottom drawer, cooked meat and home made ready meals in the drawer above that, frozen veg and bread above that, and in the top drawer goes all those tiny little tubs of leftover sauces, stews, gravies, stewed fruit and stock that are too useful to through out. I'm trying to get better at labelling things, but there are still the odd mishaps. Not all are disasters either. Who would have thought that a few tablespoons of hoi sin sauce would be tasty in bolognese?

Tue 2-Feb-10
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lol  we have 12 cans of chickpeas!

Tue 2-Feb-10
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Chickpeas! For hummus I guess?

S.O.L. I still struggle with the hummus recipe to get it as nice as the Waitrose one - what do they put in it??

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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

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

Tue 2-Feb-10
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Oh I adore  hummus -( another weakness BS)

My freezer is always full.  Don't know if it is because I get loads of free game or just the fact that I always want to be able to feed people if they arrive.  I love to have a full store cup board too.  I think my Mum was to blame for that side of me.  She always prided herself on 'having plenty in".  I am having a few nightmares just now because I only have two tins of tomatoes in my cupboard - usually about 10 -15.  Still I have 6 tins of chickpeas and lots of cans of different beans, kilos of rice, lots of couscous, and lots of different flours  for making bread.  Always have lots of soup making ingredients too and couldn't live without spices.  

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Oh I adore  hummus -( another weakness BS)

Ah, Danast, but it's good for you ! (Isn't it? - That's my excuse!  Laugh  )


"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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

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

Tue 2-Feb-10
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And mine!  But I am sure it is.  I love it spread on toast instead of butter with sliced tomato on top.  Lovely!   Also dipping raw carrots in it.   Oh I might have to go and make some now.

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I seem to be having trouble with posting today - or any day, one would think Big_Laugh  !!

Yes, my daughter introduced me to hummus on toast - scrummy.

Will try the carrots - have quite a few atm - sounds good, too ......

"How do you spell 'Love'?" (Piglet). 

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

Tue 2-Feb-10
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danast said:

and couldn't live without spices.  


 Me either. Spices can change your lamb and veg from ordinary stew to a Moroccan style sort-of tagine. A necessary adaptation when you're living with someone who's not a fan of many vegetables.

Wed 3-Mar-10
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That gives me an idea for a new topic: "Herbs - how do you use them?"

For example, Fiona uses mace to simulate meat flavours in veggie dishes, or to enhance the sensation of meat in low-meat dishes.

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Thu 4-Mar-10
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Danny, I hadn't heard of using mace in that way, thanks for the info.  Don't you just love t'interweb?  Learn new things everyday.

I'll try that again!

Thu 4-Mar-10
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This forum is always enlightening!

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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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Danny said:

That gives me an idea for a new topic: "Herbs - how do you use them?"

For example, Fiona uses mace to simulate meat flavours in veggie dishes, or to enhance the sensation of meat in low-meat dishes.


 I love Herbs & Spices in all my cooking not to hide the taste ( Tin Dog food  Whistle around xmas time) but to enhance it. I pick at my herbs as i pass by and eat them fresh. 
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Fiona's friend offered her a tray (12) small tins of chickpeas in masala sauce.

F can never refuse a freebie. Ever. They have been sitting on the passenger seat of my car for the past month or so.

I believe that the original source of said largesse was a little murky (lorry, back of, gravity effect).

Two observations:

1 - what genius deliberated and decided there is a market for chickpeas in masala sauce?

2 - accepting anything at all willy-nilly is not a recommended approach to stockpiling because it represents what is called "opportunity cost" in management speak - i.e. the funds or the space used up could be better used.

But we love her anyway! Smile Heart Sloe_Gin

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