Published September 2008
page is part of a series of articles on this site devised to give
practical advice for saving money and preventing unnecessary food wastage.
That's extra money in the bank to spend on other things.
There are many ways to save money on your food bill without resorting to living
on bread and water. We give you lots of hints and tips which will enable you to
prepare meals which are both delicious and nutritious and which are suitable for
anyone whether on a budget or just trying to cut down from students to
pensioners and everyone in between. With a little planning, you can feed a family of
four a variety of delicious and nutritious
main meals for under £35 a week, which includes an organic chicken for Sunday
Lunch. Here's how.
Supermarket own brands
Did you know that many supermarket own brands are actually supplied by the same
producers as well known premium brand names including frozen and packet goods?
Well it’s true. So before you dismiss the cheaper supermarket products, it’s
worth you trying the odd one now and then to gauge the quality for yourself. If
you’re dubious, just buy one at a time. If you don’t like it, you haven’t really
lost anything, but if you find the quality and taste is just as good, you could
save yourself money in the future and although 2p may not seem a lot, over a
year all those 2p’s will mount up to £s.
We guarantee you won’t tell the
difference between premium brand pasta and supermarket own pasta, especially
when it’s being served with a flavourful sauce.
Meat and Poultry
Chicken thighs and legs are an excellent substitute for
chicken breasts. Not only do they cook just as quickly, especially if you remove
the bone, but they are generally more succulent and have a fuller flavour.
Thankfully, most supermarkets now stock these. As at
5.9.08 Approx £2.60 for 4 whole legs (not-free range) - serves 4
are not only cheap but are also
great fun to eat – especially for kids (young and old alike). They can be simply
baked with your favourite seasonings or made into scrumptious sticky delights
with a simple baste made with ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, ginger and honey.
Mince now comes in many grades from extra lean to
economy, and many types including beef, lamb, pork and turkey. The one thing you
can be sure of is that it will be cheaper than the equivalent weight of whole
pieces of meat/poultry and better still, you usually need less of it per
serving portion. There’s a variety of things you can do with all types of mince
including sauces for pasta, patties, burgers, meatballs and baked recipes such
as shepherds pie or lasagne. As at 5.9.08 Approx £3.10
for 500g (beef or lamb) - serves 4
Braising or Stewing meats
are both cheap and very
tasty and have the added bonus of being suitable for both everyday eating and
special occasions. There are lots of people paying A LOT of money in fancy
restaurants for braised oxtail. If you haven't got a slow cooker, it's well
worth buying one - they can cost as little as a large saucepan! Visit our
Slow Cooker section to find
out more about them. As at 5.9.08 Approx
£3.10 for 650g - serves 4
Offal has made a welcome comeback in many
supermarkets where it can be bought fresh and frozen. Whilst calves’ offal is
considered by many to be the best, lambs offal is really good. If you have
childhood memories of strong tasting (and smelling) rubbery offal, it was
probably pigs offal, so why not try again this time with lambs offal which is
much milder and more tender. Most offal can be cooked very quickly too, saving
on both time and energy costs. As at 5.9.08 Approx £1.10
for 450g (lamb's liver/kidneys) - serves 4