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#ClearOutAndEat November 2015, Month 2

I’m a bit of a control freak. I always like to know where my children are, what my bank balance is and what food we have in the house. When I know the answers to these questions, I can plan. I like plans. 

But sometimes I am too busy to keep an overview of everything. So far I haven’t lost the children, but I have found myself with no idea what my finances are like or what the state of the fridge is. And I don’t like that feeling. 

So what do I do when that happens? I sit down with a pen and paper, check my bank balance and work out how I am fixed for the rest of the month. To be honest, I really enjoy fiddling about with numbers. 

As for the food situation, I take stock of what we have. In a best case scenario we haven’t got much and I get to go a do a huge grocery shop. I love that – seeing what is in season, what looks good, what’s on special offer and making meal plans in my head as I browse the aisles of the shop or market. In a worst case scenario, we have some too-old leftovers that have gone past eating and some tired-looking veg that can be made into soup. But generally speaking, I keep the cupboards well-stocked with useful ingredients so that even the most basic of fresh ingredients can be easily made into something tasty. 
After seeing all the great recipes and tips that were linked up in October, I’m really excited about this month’s post on reducing food wastage, be it through clever cooking, shopping, preserving or composting. 
I’ve linked up two posts, one from My Kitchen Notebook and one from Three Sons Later to this month’s Clear Out and Eat linky. I hope my cupboard essentials post and my green tomato relish recipe will inspire you to get creative and use what you have rather than throw away perfectly good food.
Have you, like me, been making jams and chutneys with the great Autumn produce available everywhere, whether foraged, home-grown or shop-bought? Or have you settled into Autumn by making deliciously comforting warm dishes like pies, stews and casseroles? 
So, whether you have been creating clever meal plans, cooking comforting casseroles or reviving leftovers, link up and let me know. Don’t forget to tweet me @threesonslater to let me know what you’re sharing. I’ll retweet and pop along to read and comment too.

You can link up anything food waste related, for example 
– tips on using up food 
– how not to buy too much 
– meal planning 
– recipes adaptable to what you have to hand 
– composting food waste 
– recipes for gluts of home grown produce
The rules:
You can link up up to two posts, old or new.
Add my badge to your post and link back to My Kitchen Notebook or Three Sons Later.
Please only link relevant posts. Others will be deleted. 
Please comment on at least two posts that others have entered.


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