I have been enjoying this frugal journey so much! My favourite bit is the savings that I have definitely seen both in terms of money and time! Win-win all round! This week I think I have seen the biggest money saving so far, just because I have cleaned my freezer!
I decided to give my freezer a clean because it had not been done in a long while and also because it was so frozen over, I could hardly close the door, plus some things I did not even remember that I had there. I have enough food for two week’s worth of evening meals without having to buy anything!
The Weekly Shop Myth
So many people are caught up in this myth of the weekly grocery shopping. I think it is just a matter of habit that is costing us dearly. So I set myself a challenge. For the next two weeks, I will not buy any food other than bread and milk. The weekly shopping does not need to be done every week! If we stop to take stock, we might find that we can do a monthly food shop (depending on storage of course) or maybe twice a month. I’m trying this out and I will certainly tell you how we get on.
Is Bread worth freezing?
In the Summer when it is nice and sunny we do a lot of BBQs and outdoor eating. For that reason, I usually stockpile hotdog rolls and burger buns to go along with the festive fair. Whilst cleaning my freezer I noticed that we still had quite a few packets of both. Well, me being me and not liking the thought of wasted food, thought I’d defrost some to see what they were like. Well, one lot that I let defrost in the fridge turned out to be soggy, and another lot I defrosted in the microwave came out with hard outer crust and soggy middle! I don’t know what the answer is to that but if you do know, then feel free to drop me a line. I’ll certainly try because I really do hate the thought of WASTED FOOD. I find it rather strange though because when I make my own bread at home and store some in the freezer, it tastes just as fresh when I defrost it.
My Freezer Haul
Some of the other things I found in my freezer which I did not remember included:
A bag of scotch bonnet peppers.
Being Jamaican, I like spicy food. Scotch bonnet peppers are therefore essential. Other than the spice they emit, they also add a truly authentic flavour to many Caribbean dishes including traditional rice and peas. On quite a few occasions, I have had to purchase scotch bonnet peppers because I was not aware that I already had some in the freezer.
Meats and poultry, of various assortments
Quorn style meatballs
Quorn chicken pieces,
and much more.
The two-week Menu from the Freezer Haul
As part of the great freezer defrosting and cleaning, we have come up with a meal plan for the next two weeks. They are as follows:
Quorn Chicken pieces with rice, sweetcorn and peas
Lasagne with broccoli and carrots
Quorn curry with rice and peas
Roast Chicken dinner with stuffing, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables
Fish Pie with curly kale and peas
Kebab, chips and mozzarella sticks
Chicken curry with broccoli and carrots
Quorn meatballs with spaghetti
Fried Chicken with chips
Pizza, chicken nuggets, and potato wedges
I would encourage you to check them out and also to do your own freezer clearout and see how many meals you can find. This is a great idea for saving money on the weekly shopping budget.
Do share any other ideas you have for us. AAnywaysthat you can save money while planning meals for your family, would be welcome.