I expect we are all guilty at times, of going food shopping and not checking what we already have, then when we get home there’s already loads of this, that and the other that we’d bought weeks ago. Then there’s the forgotten jar at the back of the cupboard, things that have worked their way to the bottom of the freezer, the item bought for a recipe and used only once, the out of date packet of something, I could go on. We are definitely guilty of all of the above and have decided to do something about it. The prompt for us was the freezer full of last years garden produce, which if we didn’t eat would be smothered by this year’s crops. So since 1st January, we set ourselves a minimal budget, will only be buying what we need and will be eating our way through the freezer and the cupboard. To keep track of the spending, Roger has made me a super-duper spreadsheet, which might seem a bit over the top, but when you see what you’ve spent written down, it keeps you focused. It’s amazing how all those little trips to the supermarket add up. So how are we doing 2 months in?? Well pretty good. Our spend was just under 200€/£160 for Jan and Feb, so very pleased with that. That equates to around 25€/£20 per week. I’ll keep you posted on how we are doing at the end of each month.
One of our to use up items, were two pots of yeast which were 5 months out of date, but I was sure that they would still be active. I then needed to see if I could use the yeast with plain flour and yes, it works, but needed a bit more kneading than strong bread flour. The bread came out a little bit heavier but had a lovely crusty crust, fantastic with butter. Using plain flour also keeps the cost down and I worked out that the loaf cost us about 50€/40p. Happy with that.