Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple." - Woody Guthrie

Sunday, 20 October 2013

There is pesto in the freezer ...



Just in case it slips my mind, the title for my post will remind me.

Thanks for all your comments regarding my knitting nemesis.  I have decided to give the tank top a go, but I will tackle the sleeves first using straight needles!  I have also found some gorgeous Noro sock wool in my cupboard, yes I will dance with the devil that is the double pointed needle, I must be a glutton for punishment.  I will update you when I have made some progress. 

Although I am lucky enough to have a decent income, I have reached a point in my life when I have realised, maybe a little late, that everything I purchase should make the most of my cash. 

Volunteering at the food bank also made me realise, even more than before, how privileged I am to have an income, a roof over my head and food choice.  I also question more closely every bit of food waste.  I love home cooked food and make good use of leftovers, for example my lunch box last week consisted of reheated leftovers from a variety of evening meals and very nice it was too.  However, I may not have been as diligent when it came to some  food waste.  In particular the crusts from our home baked bread may have, more often than not, made it the way of the dust bin.  Now it all goes towards frozen bread crumbs or crunchy croutons (without oil) which make a tasty snack or give added crunch to home made soup and not a crumb is wasted. 

I have even taken to freezing my pastry trimmings resulting in a 'free' pastry shell.  Although I don't suggest you freeze your pastry next to your frozen ginger. You might wonder why a lump hasn't defrosted, as I did a couple of weeks ago but only after I had bashed it a couple of times with a rolling pin.  A mushy banana and a small piece of chocolate has been converted into banana, oat and choc chip cookies which made a quick and easy breakfast snack and there is nothing like free apples to make the most wonderful apple pie taste even more delicious. 


And yes, I have frozen my homemade pesto because I am the only one who likes it in this house and if I buy a jar it just goes the way of the bread crusts. My gusto knows no bounds but in my drive to save I had one blip in that I bought caged bird eggs, only noticing once I read inside the carton.  I know that in my lifetime I have most definitely eaten eggs from caged birds and I have no problem with this type of purchase being necessary on the basis of price for many others however it is just one of the things I can't bring myself to buy in the interested of saving a little money.  I personally prefer my hens to be happy.  Reading the Theskintfoodie yesterday made me think about the choices we make when it comes to food and nutrition.  So I thought about some food items that alongside my choice of eggs I do not want to compromise on, at least whilst I still can.  I recently got sucked into the convenience trap of spreadable butter and whilst it might be easier to spread from the fridge I really don't want my butter to be adulterated with rapeseed oil thanks very much.  I can also put my £1 charity shop glass  butter dish to good use housing my 'real' butter.  My other issue is decent basmati rice.  I have tried heaven help me I have tried, but I can't live without good quality rice and  I also have a thing for organic carrots, because I can taste the difference.  Yes I have taken the blindfold test.

So dear readers over to you what food items would you be dragged kicking and screaming from before you would give them up?

24 comments:

  1. Chocolate, I am finding it difficult to live without it.

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    1. Your comment made me smile, Snitty Kitty.

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  2. Your post title made me smile! What an excellent idea. I did enjoy this post and it struck many chords with me. I am currently engaged in a long-distance almost love affair with Tristram Stuart (it's OK, he has no idea) as he is really both challenging food waste and doing something about it. You can check him out on Facebook...(I'm his 'friend' - I don't think he knows that either!) As for what I HAVE to have (and don't waste a crumb) is the local supermarket's multicereal brick. I can't bear white bread, not even the baguettes that smell good - and the 'brick' is the nearest I can get to 'good' bread. In the winter, I shall bake my own.
    Oops, gone on a bit here, sorry!
    Axxx

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    1. There is nothing quite like home baked bread. I shall have to look Tristram up!

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  3. Love ths post! I've been very thrifty this week, as always, love reusing leftovers in imaginative ways! Like you, I only like real butter (also kept in a glass £1 charity shop butter dish!) and my favourite s Aldi's West Country butter with sea salt crystals ... I like a little bread on my butter, haha

    Have a lovely week and thanks for popping over to thriftwood
    Love Claire

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    1. I have also just discovered Aldi's West Country butter, perfect for 'our' butter dishes.

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  4. Kalamata olives. I would be sad if I couldn't have them in my favorite pasta dish.

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  5. Love the bread in the first photo, wow! I didn't know you could freeze pesto either. Will definitely do that next time as I never seem to be able to get through the whole jar and resent binning it half used.

    I can't skimp on cheese! It doesn't need to be fancy but I just can't buy cheap rubbery stuff.

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    1. I love a good cheese too, you should read the cheese board on skint foodie.

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  6. Good coffee - I don't drink it often , and decent tea. Yes, and proper Basmati rice as well - nothing cooks the same or as well for a curry. I freeze left over pastry trimmings, bread-into-crumbs, heels of cheese, grated to ad to sauce or soup, homemade pesto YES!!! I still have home made wild garlic pesto and WG butter in the freezer from spring this year. Fruits that you might not realise will freeze go in there too and come out - well, not perfect but good enough to pop into your morning yoghurt or something. Oh I won't do without butter or coconut and olive oil. Cheap polyunsaturated rubbish is SO BAD for your health I won't compromise on it.But, I am not poverty struck and can be frugal in other ways so I am fortunate.

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    1. Yes I forgot coffee, we too are mad for good coffee.

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  7. V inspiring, especially in the light of Tesco's statement on wasted food today.

    Great post!

    Like you I only want free range eggs, and was surprised a few weeks ago at how organic eggs taste better still. I do like to have fresh vegetables from a proper veg stall - kale is my real favourite - and don't mind paying extra for that. My latest weakness though is locally baked sourdough bread at £3.50 a loaf which tastes utterly delicious. I will tackle it myself one day,or so I keep telling myelf, but until then...

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    1. We have (or I have) been spoilt by the fact that my husband bakes fresh and nothing can get close to warm bread from the oven.

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  8. I need to be wandering down this road to save a few pence I think.

    Can't think of anything I'd have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from, sorry. There's food I like but having had to live without virtually all of it for a time I know it wouldn't be the end of the world if I had to do it again to make ends meet.

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    1. It is good to have simple tastes, that way you get to appreciate food more.

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  9. We try not to waste much here, and with so many dogs (6) things like bread crusts go into their bowls along with their meat if the crumbs aren't needed for something else.

    Foods I would struggle to live without ... well I'd rather not eat chocolate at all than eat the everyday stuff like Cadburys and Galaxy. And decent decaff coffee I count an essential. But with family members in farming I'm happy to buy non-organic fruit and veg if I know the source (your carrot tasting difference may be to do with different varieties being grown by organic farmers). The other thing I won't compromise on unless I really have to is the quality of the dog food I buy ... the dogs are family too and cheap dog food is responsible for a lot more ills than cheap people food as there are less controls.

    Fascinating post, and as you say, those of us who have these choices are the lucky ones.

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    1. Good quality chocolate is on my Christmas list!

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  10. You're an inspiration with all that freezing! I try my best to be frugal but I'm not ever so successful. I always buy organic milk as I have enough hormone problems with not any more via my milk! I couldn't live without bread, it's my comfort food.

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    1. We are far from perfect but we are trying to get better.

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  11. Hurrah for leftovers! I'm with you on the organic carrots. In fact we eat mostly organic veg because we have a weekly veg box. I find this a cheap way to eat in the long run because a) it stops me driving to the shops and b) it makes me plan meals round veg rather than making meat or fish the main event.

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  12. Hmm - my comment seems to have got lost. Apologies if I end up posting twice. I was trying to cheer your approach to leftovers and also say that I definitely prefer to have organic veg for taste reasons if nothing else. I have found a veg box a good way of saving money, actually, as it forces me to plan meals around vegetables rather than meat/fish/cheese and stops me going shopping so often!

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    1. I agree, it also increases your intake of healthy veg.

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  13. Just ventured over here and thought I would leave a comment to let you know I had been. I am all for using leftovers and eating organic. I used to buy Sainsbury's SO Organic brown basamatti and now they only do white - not sure why they keep changing things. I have taken to freezing all my leftover bread in breadcrumbs and tomato paste in ice cubes. Apple pie looks good.

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