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Friday, 22 June 2012

Stocktaking in the kitchen

I received a lovely gift today from Barry, flowers, chocolate cake, and a bottle of wine, what more could a girl wish for. I was most chuffed, so now I am sitting here supping the wine with chocolate all around my chops. Yummy. Pity it's so wet outside, I could have relaxed on the decking. Never mind chocolate and wine taste good anywhere.

Today I had a sort out and a tidy up of my food cupboard and freezer, I like to do a stocktake every few weeks so I know exactly what I have. It's easy to push things to the back and forget about them. Last week I fancied spaghetti on toast, but I didn't have any in so that was a bit of a disappointment.

A few months ago I ate almost everything I had and my cupboards were bare, but now they look quite full. Here is my stock list.

In the cupboard
30 tins of rice pudding. I bought a lot while it was cheap because I thought it might go up. Instead it went down 1p.
15 tins of baked beans. I buy them when I see them at 25p a tin
39 tins of evaporated milk. Tesco was selling these off cheap at 30p because they were changing the label. I was looking for a cheaper alternative to soya milk which has been steadily increasing in price
15 tins of JW tuna steaks. I bought a case of these, it worked out at 45p a tin, which is a good price, even though they are several months out of date
7 tins of chopped tomatoes
6 tins of mushy peas
2 tins of mandarin segments
2 tins of peaches
2 tins of chick peas
2 tins of spaghetti
2 tins of sweetcorn
2 tins of black eye beans
1 tin of red kidney beans

10 cartons of pineapple juice. I have been getting this from the cash and carry at three for £1. I dilute it 50/50 to make twice the amount.

2kg bag of brown rice
2 bags of 1kg porridge oats
1 packet of spaghetti
half a packet of black eye beans.

In the freezer
2 bags of Quorn fillets
2 Quorn sausages
2 big bags of frozen peas
6 portions of peas
bag of mixed summer fruits
6 Staffordshire oatcakes
2 plastic tubs of home made veggie stew
2 plastic tubs of home made soup
1 small Hovis loaf
4 potato pancakes

I like to keep track of what I have, and by constantly checking, my cupboards and freezer stay tidy. Everything is stacked in rows so if I want to use something I can easily find it and don't have to root around underneath other things. Each time I unpack my shopping I make sure I stack away it in the right place, I hate messy cupboards. It saves time in the kitchen if I know exactly where everything is, and you know I am not a fan of slaving over a hot stove for longer than I need to, ha ha. Quick meals, in and out, that's me. Toodle pip. 


  1. I can't stand messy cupboards either, you can never find anything.I have all my herbs and spices in alphabetical order...just makes it easier for me.
    Jane x

  2. What a lovely gift for you from Barry. You weren't expecting it perhaps but it is nice to be appreciated.

    I don't like messy cupboards either. Sadly, they are always messier than I would like because they are so small. It is hard to stack anything and have room for everything. I don't have a separate panty like you do or that would help a lot. Oh well, at least I do have food to eat ;-) Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Oooo wine choccy's and flowers lucky girl! Now thats what I call a night in...never mind the weather ...sunshine will back soon and we can get out and about.
    Funny really but I find it facinating ... the contents of anothers ccupboards ...its a bit like that thing where people emptied their handbags ... I supose it tells a lot about us as individuals.
    Vicky x

  4. My freezer over the refrigerator is so messy as in "I can see it, just not safely remove it." It's always an adventure looking for something and having to dodge a frozen food avalance that heads straight for my toes. It hurts as much as having a brick dropped on my foot. Plus, it is hard to keep ice trays straight since none of the packages in there are square. The chocolate looks delicious.

  5. My kitchen cupboards are tidy 'cos they are usually empty!

  6. I don't imagine that you will be leaving Barry to cope on his own though he is home again. You are a very good neighbour Ilona.

  7. You can't have a bad day with a bottle of wine and choccy cake. Very well deserved for being such a good friend.
    My cupboards get a sort out when I can't stand the clutter any more, but I'm more organised with my freezer.

  8. What a nice gift from Barry! Hope he's recovering well.

    Time to do a stocktake also.

  9. What a lovely gift. I'm obsessed with doing a kitchen inventory. I think it really helps me keep the shopping down as I know exactly what I have. I make a meal list for the whole month and cross it off each day. It changes of course, depending on what I buy cheap, but I think it helps me not to overspend. I've also done the stocking up in case the price rises and found things to have been reduced, frustrating.

  10. That as nice of Barry. I take it that he is out of hospital now? Glad he's feeling better. Scruff must be pleased!

    WOW that's a lot of rice pudding. If I found that in my cupboard I'd think someone was playing a cruel joke on me - I hate the stuff! :)

  11. Aldi have reduced their tins of mushy peas this week from 10p to 8p. Every little helps : )

  12. Out of interest, would it not be cheaper to buy dried chick peas and red kidney beans and could them yourself? I do this in a pressure cooker which cuts down on the cooking time and fuel used. I have found a pressure cooker invaluable for stews, puddings, preserving fruit in jars etc.


  13. Hi Gillian. Dried beans and peas would not work for me. I hate planning in advance on what I am going to eat. I want to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen, and I don't need a pressure cooker. I don't make puddings or preserve fruit, and I make stews on the gas hob in a saucepan. Thanks for the suggestion though, but not for me.


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