It’s taken more than 50 years, but now there’s a female skipper at the helm of Birds Eye Fish Fingers for the first time.
Today we salute the new Captain – foster carer Charlotte Carter-Dunn who is is replacing the silver bearded skipper – albeit temporarily.
Not only will she be on tens of thousands of packs exclusive to frozen food chain Iceland after winning a competition, today the new Captain Birds Eye shares her money and food-saving ideas with Cash Queens readers.
Charlotte, was chosen for the role from hundreds of hopefuls after Birds Eye and Iceland cast their net wide to find a savvy shopper with the best tips for cutting food bills and using frozen food.
The 24-year-old winner from Gloucester – who cares for two foster children aged three and four – told us: “Simple hacks and swaps can save you a whole lot of money and also help when it comes to reducing your food waste.
“I always make sure my freezer and store cupboards are in a simple date order. That way I can quickly check what I’ve got in before heading to the supermarkets.
“This allows you to see exactly what needs using up first and what you need to buy, so it results in a shop that you’ll actually need.
“In my freezer I always have an add- on drawer which is packed with frozen veg and fruit.
“Knowing this is full and ready to use allows me to be prepared throughout the whole week. And it means that I can create nutritious meals for my family.
“I freeze any leftovers from meals and at the end of the month I make ‘iffits’ for dinner – if it’s there, eat it!
“This means saving money, reducing food waste and making more room in my freezer for the next shop.
“My freezer has been even more of a godsend during lockdown as it’s enabled us to reduce our shopping trips.
“I hope that sharing my frozen hacks will help other families get the most out of their freezer.”
Here are two easy to follow recipes from leftovers plus five tips from the winning captain.
Leftover roast pie
Original Iceland shopping list
From the store cupboard
1. Take any meat and veg left over from your roast dinner, chop it up and pop it in a serving dish.
2. Cover with your leftover gravy then top with mashed potato (you can buy frozen mash that cooks in around eight minutes which is perfect for recipes like this).
3. Brush with egg and cook in the oven at 180C (gas mark 4 and 160C for fan ovens) for approx 20 minutes or until the mash is golden brown.
Banana ice cream
Original Iceland shopping list
1. Take a frozen banana (I chop and freeze any that are overripe and save them for things like this).
2. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk and blend in a food processor until smooth.
3. Serve with some chocolate sauce.
4. Swap the milk for soya or almond milk to make this a great dairy-free alternative.
Charlotte's top five tips to save on food waste
1 Buy frozen berries, mango and avocado for nutritious smoothies. They blend well and create a soft smooth texture. Dip frozen bananas in the smoothie mixtures and refreeze for a midweek dessert.
2 Always have frozen veg mixes in the freezer as they’re ideal for a quick soup and can bulk up stir fries, curries and pies.
3 If you buy a large cake for a celebration, don’t let it go to waste. Slice the remaining piece into portions, cover in cling film or pop into a box then freeze them. Get them out of the freezer in the morning and they’ll be defrosted by lunchtime. I like to pack mine for picnics as they help keep things cool on the journey.
4 Buy larger packets of meat, eg 2kg of chicken breasts, and when you get home, separate them into smaller portions and freeze. Larger packs are cheaper per portion than just buying what you will use for one single meal.
5 Take an inventory of what you already have before you go to the supermarket. You’ll save money. And think about the food you actually go through compared to what you think you need. You might already have enough for a meal or two in your freezer.