Mrs Green’s “Use it up!” challenge
This week we bought our usual orange juice from the Co-Op. For as long as I can remember it’s cost £2.65 for two litres. This week it had gone up to £3!
That’s a huge increase and sudden jump in price.I spent over £80 this week and I don’t think I have enough food to last us a week. Whenever we pop somewhere to buy one or two things we seem to come home with £20 of stuff. I commented to Mr Green that it was becoming a crime, not only to the environment, but to our wallets, to waste food at current prices.
However, I have a freezer bursting at the seams with food, and this got me thinking about a challenge which I’d love you to participate in.
I’ve deliberately avoided the supermarkets recently because of the Jubilee celebrations. I know from past experiences, both as a checkout girl and customer, that supermarkets can be mad places to be before a Bank Holiday weekend.
People seem to stock up like we’re about to enter rationing again, shelves get stripped of food and brains get stripped of common sense. And sometimes skin gets stripped from body as the sixth person wheels their trolley into the back of your ankles.
After the bank holiday weekend we roll effortlessly into half term which means another hungry mouth to feed at lunchtime, and that’s why it’s perfect timing for my ‘Use it up!’ challenge.
I’m going to take a freezer inventory, check through the packets and tins in the cupboards and see if we can live without shopping for a while. I’ll need to top up on fresh fruit and vegetables, but apart from that I reckon we can manage for at least a week; probably much longer.
I love my freezer, but I don’t manage it very well. One of my habits is stuffing things in there; either produce harvested from the garden or ‘can’t resist’ offers. A few months later I find them with freezer burn and only fit for the bin. In a couple of months time I’ll be harvesting beans from the garden again so I plan to use up last years glut. I’ve got stewed apple in there and lots of organic chicken that I bought half price. I’m aware there will be several UFOs (unidentified frozen objects) lurking too, so it’s time to defrost them and serve them up for dinner.
My food storage is a mess. I need to go through everything and rotate it in date order. Mr Green found a case of oats recently that are already 6 months past their Best Before date – these can be made into crumble toppings for the stewed apples.
I usually spend at least £450 on food per month, so let’s see how I can slash that for June.
What about you? Would you like to take part in a ‘Use it up!” challenge this month? It will help save money AND prevent food waste. Sign up below to take the pledge!