Sunday, 7 January 2018

Using It Up, Wearing It Out


Last nights tea was jacket potatoes, one white potato and one sweet potato each  ... very filling!! 

I thought I was using up the last of the white potatoes and then this morning I remembered the bag of potatoes bought on yellow stickered offer  just after Christmas and decanted, ... so they wouldn't sweat ... into a paper chicken feed sack that is currently residing in the workshop on top of the chest freezer, so phew no need to worry about just having the solitary white potato that is currently in the cupboard with two of it's sweet chums..

If you're wondering why they are all stood up in a jug it's because I cook jacket spuds the Jamie Oliver way.  Pricked and put into a covered jug in the microwave for about ten minutes for four potatoes and then tipped into a baking tray, drizzled with some olive oil  and sprinkled with sea salt.  Then cooked for about 30 - 40 minutes in the oven, this makes them super tasty and with skins that are just on the nice side of crunchy.


In other using it up news, I've almost reached the last of my favourite kind of peanut butter, I scraped out enough for my toast and then realised there would be just enough for another half slice on another day if I didn't pile it on too thickly as is my usual way, so one more day of peanut lusciousness that cost me £2 a jar when it was on offer, before I switch to the Asda Basic, which luckily I also like, to save money ... a lot of money when it sells for just 65p a jar.

It goes to show how we were letting things slip with our finances when I have been eating something as simple as peanut butter costing over three times the price of another brand that I like almost as much.  This post I read the other day from Robyn over at Essex Hebridean rang very true for me.

Slap on the wrist administered  ;-)


There were only two slices of bacon left for Alan's bacon butty the other day which wouldn't do at all, he's the kind of man that likes more filling than bread with a sandwich, so I cobbled him together a Full English instead using the last egg on the rack and one of my vegan sausages halved.  He loved it, of course I just had the sausages with tomato ketchup in place of butter on my bread ... something I always do.  It's funny on a sausage butty is the only time I use tomato ketchup.

Wearing it out? 

Well we've worn nothing out yet ... it is only one week into January after all, but we've decided that throughout this year when we wear things out we will stop and consider very seriously if they need to be replaced at all.  Anyway I liked the title for this post so I added the Wearing It Out so I could set up a new blog label  :-)

Sue xx

17 comments:

  1. Some very pertinent points here, thanks. I will be re reading carefully.
    J x

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  2. I love jacket potatoes byt we don't have a microwave and I find it hard to justify having the oven on for an hour or more for them to cook so they are more of an occasional treat. Sweet pots do cook quicker though :)

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    1. Have you ever tried boiling the poraties for a few minutes, then leave them in the pan of hot water for 30 minutes, then add them to the oven while you are cooking something else. Also if you wrap them in foil as they go in the oven you can leave them wrapped in the cooling oven until you need them.

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    2. Haha ...poraties = potatoes 🤣🤣

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    3. No. I've never tried boiling them whole. I do mini roasties sometimes whole with skins. I might try that :)

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  3. The Wearing Out rings true for me this year. I've got so many clothes in the wardrobes, it's ridiculous, so I'm going to do something I did several years running which worked for me. I'll sort out 7 outfits that will be my 'uniform', will wear them over and over until I either get fed up of them and can happily ditch them, or they just get so worn out from frequent washing that I can happily ditch them. They're clothes that I've paid a lot of money for but not had much wear from so as I say, this system works for me.

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  4. On the subject of potatoes, we bought our first seed potatoes yesterday in preparation of growing our first crop on the newly acquired allotment. I have tried so many ways of storing pots from the supermarket but always get more eyes than specsavers any advice please? Have you found a vegan cheese that is palatable as this is the thing I miss most, especially on a jacket spud!Chrissie

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    1. The best way to store supermarket potatoes is in a paper bag in a dark cool place. Each time you get some out to use check them all and use the ones that look like they're about to sprout. You can knock the sprouts off time and time again will no ill effects ... or in a month or so plant some 😊

      I find Violife original block to be the best cheese for jacket spuds. You can get it in most supermarkets, I get mine from Tesco or Asda. I grate the block when I buy it and it keeps great in the fridge in a tub ready to use. I also use their parmesan style cheese, grated and in a tub in the freezer. It all has a super long date on, so if you do like it stock up when it's on offer.

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    2. Thank you for advice have tried a few " cheeses " favourite so far is tofutti spreadable it's yum ,I would like to find a melting one for pizza.

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  5. Excellent post! You are so right about letting little things slid. They do add up (and I'm very guilty of putting thick layers of peanut butter/jam/honey etc on toast!) I will be more vigilant in future :-)

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  6. Over the last few years I've switched much of my food shopping to ALDI (our low price option around here in the states). There are things I buy there I never would have thought I would but there are also basics like tea and peanuts and baking ingredients that were a given. I do still have some high priced things I buy at the regular grocery store for ridiculous prices but they are fewer and fewer. I can't buy farm factory eggs and instead buy free range because of animal treatment concerns. And I use the butcher shop for the meat I buy a couple times a month for several reasons.

    I know this blog and your challenge are going to be a favorite this year, providing me with opportunities to reflect on my own habits and inspiring changes.

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  7. I've a similar challenge - I've allowed £35 per week to feed four of us as I've a massive stockpile of food to get through. I've half an allotment which will, hopefully, give us fruit and veg for the summer. We're not buying anything this year either. Clothes and household items will have to last. We're trying to pay my small mortgage off in two years :)

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  8. I'm all for cutting costs in food shopping but the problem with cheap peanut butter is that it has high levels of sugar and salt and tends to be made with unsustainable palm oil. It also comes in plastic jars and, aside from the ecological issues of plastic waste, glass is far better for our health than the chemicals in plastic which may be leached into foods. I boudgt a glass jar of Meridian peanut butter today on offer in Asda for £2. I'd rather spread it thinner and go for the healthy option.

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  9. I hadn't planned on shopping today but a friend offered to drive since I needed a bit of veg that would be quite heavy. I was down to my last two potatoes and last 3 carrots so it was time to restock. I bought potatoes, carrots, parsnips. turnip & squash, plus enough salad fixings for at least 3 servings - just had a big salad for supper tonight. I will be making carrot & red lentil soup tomorrow plus a vegetarian stew as I have a lot of beans to use up, those two items plus some chicken that I will cook tonight means that meals are sorted for the week.
    I just finished up a jar of peanut butter at breakfast this morning - there is one jar left in the pantry but luckily the brand that I prefer is on sale at my local supermarket this morning. I'll just buy 2 more jars as I'm watching the money this month but 3 jars will do me for the next 5 months. I only buy when it's on sale and this week is at least a 50% reduction from the normal price.
    I spent time going through the pantry yesterday - had a couple of things that had to be thrown out but didn't do too badly. I have brought a few things that need to be used up sooner rather than later into the kitchen so they will be used up well before expiry dates. And this also means that some items that I thought I would purchase this month can wait until February. So far so good!

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  10. Ahh by coincidence I finished a jar of precisely that same Peanut Butter at the weekend too - I love it because it's a no-sugar one, which a lot of the cheaper ones seem not to be. Thankfully we bought a couple of jars of another tasty one for a good price at the Good Food Show in December so I've gone on to the first of those - which is a slightly looser texture so spreads a little more thinly too - possibly not *entirely* a bad thing!
    You've reminded me that "using it up" is something I also need to focus on though - time to have a proper look through those cupboards I think!

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  11. I usually prick and just put on a plate jacket potatoes in the microwave, so reading this was interesting, why in a bowl standing up and what do you cover the jug with please. I have one of those microwavable jugs with the vent at top I wonder if I could use that.

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    1. I had them standing up so they would fit in the jug, two fit in lying down but not four. And I simply cover by putting a plate on top or some pierced cling film. You are just making a steamy atmosphere for the potatoes to cook in.

      You could use your jug to do this, but don't open the vent too much.

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