Tuesday, 9 July 2019

In a pickle

I bought a jar of pickled onions last year from the Cash and Carry, a big jar for only 60p. It was out of date when I bought it. I like pickled onions but probably didn't need to buy a jar that big, the price made it very tempting.

You can just about make out the date on the lid, Feb 2018. I had to stab it with a pointy knife to release the pressure before I could open it.

I don't have any fresh onions in so tonight I used half of the jar in this veg curry. I cut each one in half, added some frozen veg, Quorn mince, and a fresh courgette and half a fresh carrot. The pasta was bought on a yellow sticker. I have three portions of this left, won't freeze it but keep it in the fridge and that's my dinner for the next three nights. Or I might have it for lunch.

So if you are cooking and need onions, and haven't any, use the pickled variety instead.

The disappearing blog post. Yes I will delete them, as and when I see fit to do so.
ilona

13 comments:

  1. I am glad that you mentioned onions..to save me going off thread,lol.But my kitchen scrap onions..I gave my Hubby them sliced,in a salad,n he said that they were too hard.Then I realised that I had planted kitchen scrap cooking onions.I lightly fried them yesterday instead for a cottage pie,and he and my grandson ate every bit!.My mistake because they looked like huge spring onions when I dug them up!At least I know what to do with the rest of them that are growing.I do love free food from the garden.My tomatoes are growing well,the slugs ate my peppers and the kitchen scrap potatoes are blooming with flowers on them.The guys who are renovating a house 2 doors down from me,let me have a pallet from their skip,so I have got plans for that now!I do love this frugal life!xx

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  2. Yum, it looks delicious. When you want to open a sealed jar, hold it tightly upside down and smack the bottom of the jar with the palm of your hand. Usually that will pop the seal and make it easier to open. The other option is to put a wide rubber band around the outside edge of the lid to give you more grip.
    Barb from Canada.
    PS your artwork is lovely.

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    1. I turn the jar sideways and run hot water over the lid to expand it, then use a towel to grip the lid and open it. Must try the rubber band method!

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  3. Hi Ilona I just wondered when you go out and take a packed lunch which fillings do you use in your sandwiches and do you make up a flask or take juice with you?

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    1. Hi. Usually a cheese sandwich with salad. Lettuce, or cucumber. Or anything that won't make the bread too doggy. I might take a boiled egg, but leave it in it's shell until I'm ready to eat it. Cheesy biscuits or crackers. Banana. I don't make a flask, I prefer cold drinks. Diluted squash or diluted fruit juice. I re use the bottles I already have.

      By the way, what is your name, you forgot to mention it.

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  4. What a good idea, I love "chuck it in and see" meals, I had one last night, everything that was left in the veggie drawer was chucked in a pan, dab of this and that and chilli sauce all with mash from the freezer on top and it was yum, If I'd thought of the pickled onions it would have even yummier. Thank you for all your ideas, Chrissie.

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  5. I like picked onions (and pickled beetroot) and never worry about 'sell by dates' as surely the whole point is that pickled foods are produced to make them last longer. Just an aside: I read that a pot of honey was found in an Egyptian tomb (dating back to around 2000 BC) and was apparently still edible. Another piece of information I found out was that tinned foods date back to Napoleon who realised his army needed easily portable food and ingredients that would not go off immediately.

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  6. I read that pickled and all fermented food is good for our digestive systems.

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  7. Hi Ilona Mayze Heidi and Oscar love your recent frugal meal. Will try this out tomorrow. Us pensioners have to make savings with all the energy bills etc....... Thank you so much for your inspiration. Have a lovely day xxxxxx to Heidi Mayze Oscar and lots of love to you too.xxxxxx

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  8. Use a teaspoon or similar and lever up the underneath of the rim of a jar to release suction. Awkward to describe but works a treat..and safer than stabbing it! https://lifehacker.com/open-a-stuck-jar-with-a-spoon-400144

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  9. hi I wonder if i could ask a favour ? we are looking into getting a cat from a rehoming place and i wondered if you could do a blog post on frugal cat ownership for example is insurance worth it sort of tips as i know you are an experienced owner...your lovely readers might be able to chip in...i know your a busy lady thankyou tessa

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    1. Will do that in the next few days. Thanks for the suggestion.

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