Sunday, 10 January 2016

Day 10 - Cheese


I've been going through the fridge in fits and starts, but something always seems to crop up when I try and get stuck into a job these days, but at last I am almost there.

We have a stupid amount of cheese on the cheese shelf ... even having 'a cheese shelf' shows we have too much cheese!!, So this morning in a fit of 'I must get something done' I grabbed the opened pack of Stilton left over from Christmas, gave it a perfunctory sniff and decided 'yes, it stills smells like horrible smelly Stilton', chopped what was left of the half round into three, double wrapped it and slung it into the freezer.


Now that should last us a bit longer.

Now all I have to do is find a complete hour of my time, empty the rest of the fridge, wipe it all out and assess what bits of fresh stuff we have left.  There's not a lot ... surely I can get that done first thing in the morning.

Today is another No Spend Day  :-)



18 comments:

  1. I absolutely refuse to buy anything frozen until Iuse up the contents of my freezer. That is going take ages as I keep freezing leftover portions of food

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    1. Haha ... you sound just like me. As soon as I get a bit of space in the freezer I seem to be filling it with leftovers and bulk cooking meals .... it feels as though I will never get to see the bottom of the freezer!!

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  2. That's one cheese I've never tried, does cheese freeze well x.

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    1. It freezes really well. It must be very well wrapped, and make sure to exclude all air.

      The best way to freeze it is actually grated, loosely packed in boxes or bags so it stays free flowing. It can then be used straight from the freezer and thaws in minutes. Absolutely no wastage using it this way.

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    1. I couldn't have said it better myself!!

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  4. I'm a cheese addict, the only one I've ever tried and not loved is Gjetost, fudge coloured, Norwegian, my mum loved it, I detest it!
    Since retiring I found I was gaining weight, mainly through eating cheese, not with crackers or on toast, just grabbing a chunk of cheese from the fridge as I was passing. To try to cure my addiction I had hypnotherapy, it worked for about three weeks, then the desperate need for cheese got too much to bear, so I'm back on it, but have learned some self control, not much, but some!
    It never lasts long enough in this house to be frozen though!

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    1. You've got it bad ..... it's not the worst addiction in the world though ... enjoy ;-)

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  5. I had no idea cheese could be put in the deep freeze or that it would freeze well. Over years of reading your original blog and others including Life After Money I have learned quite a lot despite living in more urban circumstances, using a wheelchair and having to pay for less than adequate public transport to get places. Also, unlike you, I have no patch of grass on which to plant seeds and harvest what is grown. I do have an interest, thanks to you, in learning more about cat-friendly container gardening, improving the meals I make at home, eating at home and from my own hand rather than relying chiefly on ready meals, reducing spending and use of credit and simplifying my belongings and priorities.

    Because I now live on a fixed income and no longer work outside the home, the focus of my life has changed and so have my goals. I strive to be healthy, to get fresh air, to eat the most nutritious food I can and keep bills and spending in line. No longer am I trying to live up to others expectations, not that I ever did a lot of that but it is freeing to no longer feel at all pressed in that way.

    Some of the goals I have for the year are to reduce spending and increase no spend days; to develop or continue enjoyable, community activities and volunteer hours and to use my library card more than my credit card. To that end, I've begun shopping at Aldi, which reduced my grocery bill by half, paid for my haircuts in advance (which reduced them from $14 to $10 every four to six weeks), use coupons and points towards the cat's food and litter, stocked up on items not available at Aldi which I use all the time for health or personal care so that I'm not bouncing to two or three stores in order to get things. This also reduces transport costs. I've also reduced clothing, books and other items and I can place library books on loan on my Kindle from a computer which reduces trips and eliminates any overdue fines.

    These may seem small steps but they, as you have pointed out, all add up. Like you, I now also have a jar into which all "spare money" goes for use at a future point. Good luck with this challenge. I will enjoy following your progress and discoveries.

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    1. Wow ... thank you for that lovely comment. I'm pleased you have enjoyed reading for such a long time and that you have found tips that have helped you as your life has gradually evolved. It sounds as though you know exactly what works for you and that is the most important thing in my opinion.

      Thank you for your comment, I look forward to having you along for this year of living without spending.

      All the best. xx

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  6. My goals match many of the previous comment, reduce usage, costs, and food expenses.
    My library has been a constant in my life for almost 2 decades.

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    1. I think there are lots of us on a very good path to reduction of spending and acquiring things, and keeping the costs right down ... it's a good group to be in :-)

      I was a member of a library from the time I could walk until I went out to work full time and a career took over. I know I need to get back to being a member, if nothing else to simply support this vital service that we seem to be in danger of losing. But if I join now I feel the books I do own may be left for even longer on their shelves, so I have decided that even if I join up in the next couple of months, this year I will concentrate on reading my way through the books I own, jettisoning some where necessary if they are not needed or relevant, and then and only then will we both start to use the library service properly again.

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  7. Hi Sue, I too have frozen cheese from Christmas. I had a wedge of stilton and cranberry untouched and still in air tight package. I normally find its a bit crumblier once frozen but still tastes good. I just need a recipe that I can utilise it in.

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    1. I've lobbed a few small wedges straight into the freezer that were leftover from Christmas. When frozen in blocks it does thaw out to be a bit crumblier but that's no real hardship. Mac and Cheese is always a brilliant way to use up the odds and sods of cheese from the freezer, and that's the first thing I thought of when I read 'stilton and cranberry' in your comment, with a base of cheddar and a bit of your speciality cheese for added flavour it would be gorgeous :-)

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  8. In France we have a wonderful selection of cheeses to choose from, but you can't beat a good lump of extra mature cheddar. I have frozen cheddar but it is very very crumbly when defrosted, so much so you don't even need a grater.

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  9. you are doing very well with your no spend days. What item will drive you to the shops do you think ? I am no fan of cheese but that sounds a top tip of using bits of cheese for mac and cheese

    tess

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  10. Another thing I didn't know you could freeze:( I'm obviously not using our freezer to it's full potential.... I'm learning a few things already, thanks Sue:)

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  11. I haven't tried freezing blue cheese before. I bought Brie and Stilton on yellow sticker after Christmas. I've just stored the smelly Stilton in a plastic tub in the fridge. It's absolutely beautiful with our home made chutney (remember a neighbour gave me loads of apples a few months ago and you gave me your chutney recipe - oh my, it is delicious and was ready just in time for Christmas. I gave a jar away as a thank you to a neighbour (makes a nice gift) so thanks again for sharing your recipe.

    I'm loving this new blog of yours. It's great to share each other's ideas and suggestions and to form an online community of like minded people.

    Hope you're keeping dry in Wales. Still pouring up here in north Scotland with more roads flooded! xx

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