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Do other singles out there find buying small portions of food difficult. For example, a bag of salad leaves will have gone off before I can eat them all, same with a large pot of yoghurt. Of course I will soon have my own salads from the garden but I wish shops would provide more single sized portions, even the farm shops are guilty of this.

Posted at 15th Apr 2008 - 08:05AM   Posted by Quilting Cat   Food for singles Comments: 18

Faith's Avatar Even with 3 of us here I sometimes throw food out though I try to use it all up. I understand your problem.

Posted by: Faith on 15th Apr 2008 at 08:32AM

Fennie's Avatar I'm the only one here that eats Danone Activia yoghurt. I find a large pot lasts me four days or so. No problem with keeping it in the fridge. Doesn't seem to go off.

Posted by: Fennie on 15th Apr 2008 at 09:36AM

Westerwitch's Avatar I lightly wet the salad leaves and put them in a tupperware type container in the fridge that seems to keep them fresh longer.

Yoghurt I buy in the smaller sizes although some of the grain pots etc are only done in the bigger size.

Like Faith even with two of us I still end up having to throw food out - although salad and stuff I put out for the rabbits. I miss the chickens though. Now they are gone I will get the composter going - but don't know what to do with the compost as we don't have any flower beds - perhaps I can use it on my potted plants.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Apr 2008 at 09:51AM

Milla's Avatar I would have thought that wetting the salad leaves would have encouraged them to go off, WW??
Jane Shilling touches on this in The Times, possibly a week or two ago. It does seem crazy that with more and more people living in smaller units, for want of a better word, there is little thought given to their food provision. Lots of the convenience meals are obv for one, but not many other things. I suppose you have to get very bored of meals by eating the same things a couple of days running to use them up. At least most veg and fruit can be bought singley.

Posted by: Milla on 15th Apr 2008 at 09:54AM

Pipany's Avatar Yes, and not all things are suitable for freezing. It seems the convenience food market is the only way to go which is a depressing thought.

Posted by: Pipany on 15th Apr 2008 at 10:03AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Not if you LIGHTLY wet them - if you don't put in any moisture they go limp and taste awful - put too much moisture and they go slimey and yuk - LIGHTLY wet them and hey presto they last longer.

Now that there are only two of us we cook a meal to last two nights.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 15th Apr 2008 at 10:15AM

Milla's Avatar even though I've been at it a long time, I find guaging how much to cook so hard and tend to be governed by size of dish. A few years ago things could stretch to 2 nights (big lasagnes, curries etc) now, with the children getting bigger, the same dishes are too big for one greedy night, but not enough for two. And recipes are hopeless - Delia's "suits 2" routinely suits about 6 in my experience. The porker!

Posted by: Milla on 15th Apr 2008 at 10:37AM

KittyB's Avatar A letter in the Radio Times last week stood up for Delia's new cheating at cooking, mentioning in particular the frozen mashed potato - it's a lot of faff to mash potato for one. Which I suppose it true. When I was single I lived mainly on shop-bought sandwiches and stuff from M&S, mini-quiches, meals for one. But the meals for one pall when you've had each one half a dozen times.
Even with growing your own salad stuff I find it a race against time to cut and eat it before it bolts to seed. Especially rocket, which once it has set seed is almost too hot to eat!

Posted by: KittyB on 15th Apr 2008 at 11:37AM

Pipany's Avatar I seem to have the opposite problem to Milla in that I can't scale down amounts for when there are less people in the house. Last night I made a fish pie, cheering at the fact that there were only five to feed (one being Isabella so 4 1/2 really). Why is it then that the pie fed these large eaters - I mean eaters of large meals - and still has some left over with a smaller on for the freezer? !!!

Posted by: Pipany on 15th Apr 2008 at 12:48PM

Milla's Avatar Well I think that's sort of what I meant, that I always have too much!

Posted by: Milla on 15th Apr 2008 at 01:29PM

Thank you for your comments. I have yet to go down the route of convenience/ready meals. I think it more difficult in the summer as all winter have been making soup which lasts for 3 or 4 days. I do cook and mash potato, digging out the sprouting roots and veg. is easy to buy individually.

Posted by: Quilting Cat on 15th Apr 2008 at 03:59PM

Ivy's Avatar As we are the average family (two adults two kids ) I do not seem to have any of these problems only when it comes to catering for a large party I am hopeless I always end up with far too much food left over. Fortunately my friends like my cooking and are glad to take home doggy-bags.Laughing

Posted by: Ivy on 15th Apr 2008 at 04:42PM

I sympathise as I live on my own most of the week, and my hubby loves on his own beacuse he is at work near London. I try to cook at weekends so he can take away small meals but it takes up so much time I feel like I am running a cafe!

I work as a nutritionist and know that a good way to maintain health is varied meals but not being able to buy small portions makes this impossible with fresh food.

And, when you buy small amounts of things, ceral for instance, you pay more too. Grrr. Seems really wrong when a lot of people on their own are pensioners, therefore less money, and needing better nourishment at their age.

I think jamie did a great job on school dinners even though he annoyed a lot of people - now we need to tackle buying and cooking for one!

One thing I do is buy a simple heade of lettuce and then use crunchy vegs to mix with it for texture and different flavours. Carrots, red and green cabbage, pepper, celery and cucumber last longer than leaves.

I also always have growing lettuce and herbs in my cottage even in winter so that I can at least have fresh herbs on things. Most of them do not die.

Posted by: Crucifix on 15th Apr 2008 at 05:36PM

Tattie Weasle's Avatar Sounds daft but I used to make a big dish of something then put it into smaller servings in the freezer. Got a bit out of hand and landed up with bags of food all over the place and no lables - interesting take on lucky dip...Wink

Posted by: Tattie Weasle on 15th Apr 2008 at 07:15PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Oh dear Embarassed - we never have left-overs; always scarf the lot (however much there is to start with). Aah (lightbulb moment) this could be reason for my, er, weight gain.
I used to find it find cooking for one on the whole but agree salad leaves are a problem (though if growing your own should be sorted). Think Crucifix's idea of adding things that keep longer is a good idea. I also do Tattie's thing of freezing anything that manages to survive seconds and thirds.....Embarassed

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 15th Apr 2008 at 09:43PM

Frances's Avatar Hello all you who are now sleeping the sleep of the food providers.

I have decades of practice of eating solo, grocery shopping solo. Keep hoping that eventually Prince C will come along, but until then, I just like to do my grocery shopping frequently, keeping an eye out for any bargain, but also trying to cook/prepare what is in season. Yes, it does mean a lot of shopping, whether from my fantastic neighborhood market, or as the year warms up, from a local farmers green market.

However, I may be a thrifty shopper and cook, but it often pains me to see some wonderful recipe (serves .....) and think, there is no way that I will ever prepare that.

Shall I end by agreeing with Jane (that is always a pleasure) that I rarely have any scraps left over. I shop for what I can prepare, and am likely to devour. Nothing left over!


Posted by: Frances on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:00AM

Patsy's Avatar My husband likes lettuce, I don't and I got fed up throwing away half eaten bags of slimy leaves when he didn't get home in time for dinner.But Lakeland does these brilliant plastic bags which prevent salad going off. Just pop the salad or any other veg in the bag and they will last much, much longer. They really work..the bags are coated with some sort of material which absorbs the gases which cause the wilting. And they appear to be re-usable!
Patsy x

Posted by: Patsy on 16th Apr 2008 at 01:05AM

Milla's Avatar ah, Lakeland, Queen of Riding To The Rescue!!

Posted by: Milla on 16th Apr 2008 at 09:41AM

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