No Waste Tastes Great Plus Conscious Spending

It’s Friday! Time for No Waste Tastes Great!

Those who follow the blog know that on Friday I follow my Friday Routine and also take part in Food Waste Friday over at The Frugal Girl.

I have some news… for the first time since starting my No Waste Tastes Great Challenge, the fridge and cupboard are bare of any potential food waste…which means the Hubby and I get a take-away! Hurrah!

simplybeingmum’s Simple Fridge



Well I say bare not completely, there are 3 peppers that really need using up, so I will slice and freeze them, and add to the curry I plan for Meat-Free Monday.

Nothing else needs using up today, but from what I do have I can conjure up an omelette each for the Kid’s dinner from the 3 eggs and cheese plus some frozen veggies.

The ‘still in date’ yoghurt will probably get eaten by the Hubster, and the tub of Baileys Thick Double Cream is okay until March. I feel a Baileys Bread and Butter Pud coming on next week!

I’d better stop typing now – I am in danger of showing off  – oh what joy an empty fridge brings, I could cry tears of joy.

I have some more news (big day for me eh?)

My first ever guest post is appearing over at Gip’s Blog So Much More Life today.

Have you ever heard the term ‘No Sex Please We’re British’? – well the post isn’t about sex (what is that anyway? I’m a married woman with two kids…) – it is actually about money. In my experience the British don’t really talk that much about money (feel free to shoot that statement down any liberal money-talking Brits out there).

I thought to guest post on this subject would be a good way of sharing some of my conscious spending tips. Please do take a look, if only to prove to Gip I do actually have some readers

🙂

Thanking you in anticipation xx Please feel free to interrogate me if you have any questions…

simplybeingmum@gmail.com


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  • Gip @ So Much More Life February 11, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Your post is up on my blog and looking great — and I’m looking forward to seeing some of your readers at my blog… although we already have a lot of the same readers, but still.

    Gip

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:27 pm

      I’ve read it – I was very nervous – how funny is that? Thanks for letting me Guest – I hope you get some feedback! Jo

  • Gip @ So Much More Life February 11, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Your post is up on my blog and looking great — and I’m looking forward to seeing some of your readers at my blog… although we already have a lot of the same readers, but still.

    Gip

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:27 pm

      I’ve read it – I was very nervous – how funny is that? Thanks for letting me Guest – I hope you get some feedback! Jo

  • Gip @ So Much More Life February 11, 2011, 2:07 pm

    Your post is up on my blog and looking great — and I’m looking forward to seeing some of your readers at my blog… although we already have a lot of the same readers, but still.

    Gip

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:27 pm

      I’ve read it – I was very nervous – how funny is that? Thanks for letting me Guest – I hope you get some feedback! Jo

  • ericascime February 11, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Although I live withe three roommates, I do all of my own grocery shopping and I often find it hard NOT to waste food. However, I have recently started freezing more things and I find that helps! Have any more tips? Food waste drives me crazy!

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:25 pm

      To quote Winston Churchill “He who fails to plan, is planning to fail”. There is no doubt in my mind that the most effective way to reduce food waste is to meal plan – and also only to plan for 6 days. I am currently writing The Simple Guide To Meal Planning – this may help once posted. To just buy what you NEED for 7 days and no longer and to use it up. You also need to buy foods that are multi use. A great one is eggs (if you can eat them) – they can be a meal, an accompaniment, or an ingredient. They are cheap and nutritious and very simple to prepare. I buy 6-12 eggs each week, and never have to throw any away. Keep an eye out for my meal planning post – it will help! thanks for commenting!!

      • ericascime February 13, 2011, 3:13 am

        Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your upcoming post!

  • ericascime February 11, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Although I live withe three roommates, I do all of my own grocery shopping and I often find it hard NOT to waste food. However, I have recently started freezing more things and I find that helps! Have any more tips? Food waste drives me crazy!

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:25 pm

      To quote Winston Churchill “He who fails to plan, is planning to fail”. There is no doubt in my mind that the most effective way to reduce food waste is to meal plan – and also only to plan for 6 days. I am currently writing The Simple Guide To Meal Planning – this may help once posted. To just buy what you NEED for 7 days and no longer and to use it up. You also need to buy foods that are multi use. A great one is eggs (if you can eat them) – they can be a meal, an accompaniment, or an ingredient. They are cheap and nutritious and very simple to prepare. I buy 6-12 eggs each week, and never have to throw any away. Keep an eye out for my meal planning post – it will help! thanks for commenting!!

      • ericascime February 13, 2011, 3:13 am

        Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your upcoming post!

  • ericascime February 11, 2011, 2:17 pm

    Although I live withe three roommates, I do all of my own grocery shopping and I often find it hard NOT to waste food. However, I have recently started freezing more things and I find that helps! Have any more tips? Food waste drives me crazy!

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 2:25 pm

      To quote Winston Churchill “He who fails to plan, is planning to fail”. There is no doubt in my mind that the most effective way to reduce food waste is to meal plan – and also only to plan for 6 days. I am currently writing The Simple Guide To Meal Planning – this may help once posted. To just buy what you NEED for 7 days and no longer and to use it up. You also need to buy foods that are multi use. A great one is eggs (if you can eat them) – they can be a meal, an accompaniment, or an ingredient. They are cheap and nutritious and very simple to prepare. I buy 6-12 eggs each week, and never have to throw any away. Keep an eye out for my meal planning post – it will help! thanks for commenting!!

      • ericascime February 13, 2011, 3:13 am

        Thanks for the advice! I’ll definitely keep an eye out for your upcoming post!

  • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 5:40 pm

    oh boy, i am so guilty of wasting food too! I hate it. We waste eggs a lot and I get the expensive ones too because I hate the non-humanely raised ones. My fiance is the one that usually eats the eggs and I finally told him that if he doesn’t eat the eggs before they go bad, that I won’t be getting eggs anymore! He has gotten better about it 😉

    Off to Gip’s now to read your post!

    • Robert Wall February 11, 2011, 8:09 pm

      Eggs can be scrambled and frozen with at least some degree of success – they have to be used as scrambled eggs once they thaw, but if you’re within a few days of expiration you can freeze ’em up.

      Alternatively, you could just make am omelet whenever you notice and nip the problem in the bud. 😀

      • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:41 pm

        I didn’t know that Robert! I never throw them away as i always use them up, but may try this anyway. Can you freeze hard boiled do you think? This would also be a fab solution as you could freeze in shell, and then thaw and use cold on salads, or whip up some egg mayo.

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:42 pm

      I only ever buy Free-range also!

      • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

        i hate the thought of chickens with their beaks cut off!

        thanks for the tip robert! i didn’t think about freezing the scrambled eggs. the problem though is that we don’t realize they’re expired until it’s too late. i usually still use them up to a week after expiration and never had a problem tho. 😉

        • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 4:57 am

          We had an egg farm when I was little and my Mum always said. Eggs don’t go bad as fast as you think. Here is a little test to see how old your eggs are.

          You fill a container with water and put your eggs gently in it. If they bob at the top of the water they are older. Still good and usable. But older. And the reason for this is as the eggs get older the space at the end of them (there is a little air pocket) gets larger. And the older they are the larger the little pocket and that makes the egg float at the top of the water. If it sits on the bottom it is probably very fresh.

          Also I find it much easier to shell hard boiled eggs if they are older. I remember a lady who owned a restaurant yelling at my Mum not to bring her any more fresh eggs as they were too hard to peel. I have heard other refute this information but from my experience it seems to be true.

  • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 5:40 pm

    oh boy, i am so guilty of wasting food too! I hate it. We waste eggs a lot and I get the expensive ones too because I hate the non-humanely raised ones. My fiance is the one that usually eats the eggs and I finally told him that if he doesn’t eat the eggs before they go bad, that I won’t be getting eggs anymore! He has gotten better about it 😉

    Off to Gip’s now to read your post!

    • Robert Wall February 11, 2011, 8:09 pm

      Eggs can be scrambled and frozen with at least some degree of success – they have to be used as scrambled eggs once they thaw, but if you’re within a few days of expiration you can freeze ’em up.

      Alternatively, you could just make am omelet whenever you notice and nip the problem in the bud. 😀

      • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:41 pm

        I didn’t know that Robert! I never throw them away as i always use them up, but may try this anyway. Can you freeze hard boiled do you think? This would also be a fab solution as you could freeze in shell, and then thaw and use cold on salads, or whip up some egg mayo.

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:42 pm

      I only ever buy Free-range also!

      • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

        i hate the thought of chickens with their beaks cut off!

        thanks for the tip robert! i didn’t think about freezing the scrambled eggs. the problem though is that we don’t realize they’re expired until it’s too late. i usually still use them up to a week after expiration and never had a problem tho. 😉

        • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 4:57 am

          We had an egg farm when I was little and my Mum always said. Eggs don’t go bad as fast as you think. Here is a little test to see how old your eggs are.

          You fill a container with water and put your eggs gently in it. If they bob at the top of the water they are older. Still good and usable. But older. And the reason for this is as the eggs get older the space at the end of them (there is a little air pocket) gets larger. And the older they are the larger the little pocket and that makes the egg float at the top of the water. If it sits on the bottom it is probably very fresh.

          Also I find it much easier to shell hard boiled eggs if they are older. I remember a lady who owned a restaurant yelling at my Mum not to bring her any more fresh eggs as they were too hard to peel. I have heard other refute this information but from my experience it seems to be true.

  • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 5:40 pm

    oh boy, i am so guilty of wasting food too! I hate it. We waste eggs a lot and I get the expensive ones too because I hate the non-humanely raised ones. My fiance is the one that usually eats the eggs and I finally told him that if he doesn’t eat the eggs before they go bad, that I won’t be getting eggs anymore! He has gotten better about it 😉

    Off to Gip’s now to read your post!

    • Robert Wall February 11, 2011, 8:09 pm

      Eggs can be scrambled and frozen with at least some degree of success – they have to be used as scrambled eggs once they thaw, but if you’re within a few days of expiration you can freeze ’em up.

      Alternatively, you could just make am omelet whenever you notice and nip the problem in the bud. 😀

      • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:41 pm

        I didn’t know that Robert! I never throw them away as i always use them up, but may try this anyway. Can you freeze hard boiled do you think? This would also be a fab solution as you could freeze in shell, and then thaw and use cold on salads, or whip up some egg mayo.

    • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 8:42 pm

      I only ever buy Free-range also!

      • marianney | A Life Set Free February 11, 2011, 9:29 pm

        i hate the thought of chickens with their beaks cut off!

        thanks for the tip robert! i didn’t think about freezing the scrambled eggs. the problem though is that we don’t realize they’re expired until it’s too late. i usually still use them up to a week after expiration and never had a problem tho. 😉

        • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 4:57 am

          We had an egg farm when I was little and my Mum always said. Eggs don’t go bad as fast as you think. Here is a little test to see how old your eggs are.

          You fill a container with water and put your eggs gently in it. If they bob at the top of the water they are older. Still good and usable. But older. And the reason for this is as the eggs get older the space at the end of them (there is a little air pocket) gets larger. And the older they are the larger the little pocket and that makes the egg float at the top of the water. If it sits on the bottom it is probably very fresh.

          Also I find it much easier to shell hard boiled eggs if they are older. I remember a lady who owned a restaurant yelling at my Mum not to bring her any more fresh eggs as they were too hard to peel. I have heard other refute this information but from my experience it seems to be true.

  • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Top Tip Marianney – write the exp date with a sharpie pen on the outside of the shell – in large numerals! That way you can’t miss it. I do something similar when I hard boil. If I hard boil and put back in fridge for use later I draw smiley faces on the ones that are cooked.

    • marianney | A Life Set Free February 15, 2011, 1:10 am

      geez Jo! So simple yet so silly that i didn’t think of it first! 😉 Thanks yet again!

      • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 5:00 am

        Egg shells are porous and I would not use a Sharpie on them. Steal one of you kids crayons instead.

        All of my family knows – if it has an X on it, it has been hard boiled.

  • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Top Tip Marianney – write the exp date with a sharpie pen on the outside of the shell – in large numerals! That way you can’t miss it. I do something similar when I hard boil. If I hard boil and put back in fridge for use later I draw smiley faces on the ones that are cooked.

    • marianney | A Life Set Free February 15, 2011, 1:10 am

      geez Jo! So simple yet so silly that i didn’t think of it first! 😉 Thanks yet again!

      • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 5:00 am

        Egg shells are porous and I would not use a Sharpie on them. Steal one of you kids crayons instead.

        All of my family knows – if it has an X on it, it has been hard boiled.

  • simplybeingmum February 11, 2011, 10:58 pm

    Top Tip Marianney – write the exp date with a sharpie pen on the outside of the shell – in large numerals! That way you can’t miss it. I do something similar when I hard boil. If I hard boil and put back in fridge for use later I draw smiley faces on the ones that are cooked.

    • marianney | A Life Set Free February 15, 2011, 1:10 am

      geez Jo! So simple yet so silly that i didn’t think of it first! 😉 Thanks yet again!

      • Dar Archibald (@darsy67) December 18, 2011, 5:00 am

        Egg shells are porous and I would not use a Sharpie on them. Steal one of you kids crayons instead.

        All of my family knows – if it has an X on it, it has been hard boiled.

  • Deb - Life Beyond Stuff February 12, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Hi Jo

    Great Guest Post on Gip’s blog. I thought I’d comment on it here instead of there because there are already so many comments there. That’s the sad thing about being on the other side of world, I’m asleep when all your posts come out.

    I put my newly purchased “indispensable car free accessory” to your nine point test. I’m awaiting your verdict 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:04 pm

      You most certainly did pass the test! With flying colours! I can see you pulling it along as I type 🙂
      Loved the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      http://lifebeyondstuff.com/my-indispensable-car-free-accessory
      I didn’t even read it initially… just saw the photo and it made me smile. That’s the kind of post I like!

      • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:15 pm

        Check back tomorrow Deb. I am posting the simple meal plan a day late and will definitely be including your post in the ‘great read’ bit at the end. It really did make me smile – as i said I can see you pulling it.
        😉

  • Deb - Life Beyond Stuff February 12, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Hi Jo

    Great Guest Post on Gip’s blog. I thought I’d comment on it here instead of there because there are already so many comments there. That’s the sad thing about being on the other side of world, I’m asleep when all your posts come out.

    I put my newly purchased “indispensable car free accessory” to your nine point test. I’m awaiting your verdict 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:04 pm

      You most certainly did pass the test! With flying colours! I can see you pulling it along as I type 🙂
      Loved the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      http://lifebeyondstuff.com/my-indispensable-car-free-accessory
      I didn’t even read it initially… just saw the photo and it made me smile. That’s the kind of post I like!

      • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:15 pm

        Check back tomorrow Deb. I am posting the simple meal plan a day late and will definitely be including your post in the ‘great read’ bit at the end. It really did make me smile – as i said I can see you pulling it.
        😉

  • Deb - Life Beyond Stuff February 12, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Hi Jo

    Great Guest Post on Gip’s blog. I thought I’d comment on it here instead of there because there are already so many comments there. That’s the sad thing about being on the other side of world, I’m asleep when all your posts come out.

    I put my newly purchased “indispensable car free accessory” to your nine point test. I’m awaiting your verdict 🙂

    • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:04 pm

      You most certainly did pass the test! With flying colours! I can see you pulling it along as I type 🙂
      Loved the post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      http://lifebeyondstuff.com/my-indispensable-car-free-accessory
      I didn’t even read it initially… just saw the photo and it made me smile. That’s the kind of post I like!

      • simplybeingmum February 12, 2011, 10:15 pm

        Check back tomorrow Deb. I am posting the simple meal plan a day late and will definitely be including your post in the ‘great read’ bit at the end. It really did make me smile – as i said I can see you pulling it.
        😉

  • Becky.NB April 1, 2011, 4:38 pm

    I love the idea of an empty fridge!
    Buying what you ‘need’ means healthy eating, less waste and you can keep the fridge clean!

    • simplybeingmum April 1, 2011, 4:53 pm

      Hi Becky! It certainly does help with the healthy eating… if it ain’t there you can’t eat it! Less wasted (excess) calories also – they only end up one place on me – my bum and tum. Thanks for commenting! Jo 🙂

  • Becky.NB April 1, 2011, 4:38 pm

    I love the idea of an empty fridge!
    Buying what you ‘need’ means healthy eating, less waste and you can keep the fridge clean!

    • simplybeingmum April 1, 2011, 4:53 pm

      Hi Becky! It certainly does help with the healthy eating… if it ain’t there you can’t eat it! Less wasted (excess) calories also – they only end up one place on me – my bum and tum. Thanks for commenting! Jo 🙂

  • Becky.NB April 1, 2011, 4:38 pm

    I love the idea of an empty fridge!
    Buying what you ‘need’ means healthy eating, less waste and you can keep the fridge clean!

    • simplybeingmum April 1, 2011, 4:53 pm

      Hi Becky! It certainly does help with the healthy eating… if it ain’t there you can’t eat it! Less wasted (excess) calories also – they only end up one place on me – my bum and tum. Thanks for commenting! Jo 🙂

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