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Cost of food
« on: 11 January 2018, 20:12:14 »

I have read numerous articles recently where people on low budgets have commented online / in the media that because they don't have much money, they have to feed their kids things like frozen pizzas, cheap ready meals, etc etc, because they "can't afford" home cooked food.

I fail to see how it's the case, and have over the last week decided to look at the cost per portion of what I'm buying/making.

Last meal, serves 4 -

Whole chicken, medium £4
2 x leeks £80p
3 carrots £30p
10 potatoes (£1.20)

Total cost £6.30. Fed four, so just over £1.50 per portion for a healthy roast.

Tonight

1 x courgette (half used) so 40p worth
1 x can chopped tomato 30p
1 x can kidney beans 30p
1 x can butter beans 30p
1 x red pepper 33p
1 x onion 25p
Rice, and a few spices, say £1 worth used.

£2.88 in total for the most delicious home made, slow cooked chilli, serves 4 generously, nice wholesome meal for 72p per head, and took no more than 5 minutes to prepare and chuck in the slow cooker.

I can only conclude that it's either laziness, or lack of knowledge / don't want to know / "too hard"
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #1 on: 11 January 2018, 20:17:57 »

Buying real food that takes a little 'preparation' will always work out less expensive.

Sadly though, there is a small but persistent element of society who spend the time they could be preparing a cheap wholesome meal instead queuing outside the local chip shop/ kebab shop/ burger joint.

Once a week is fine but it easily becomes a lazy (and expensive) habit.
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #2 on: 11 January 2018, 20:19:50 »

I think it must be laziness,as you say a couple of minutes of prep. work sling it in slow cooker and away you go.Can't be lack of know how,using a slow cooker ain't rocket science if I can use one[and I do]then anyone can!
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #3 on: 11 January 2018, 20:25:59 »

I can never understand why anyone would pay to have a pizza delivered.

Take one out of the freezer and put it in the oven. I mean, how hard can it be?

Instead they pay extra and wait for god knows how long for a spotty youth ( who has probably self-abused three times that day already )to deliver a cold floppy piece of dough covered in assorted crap. :-\ 
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #4 on: 11 January 2018, 20:36:56 »

Pizza from aldi 89p and les time to prepare than fresh ;D
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #5 on: 11 January 2018, 20:37:53 »

Last pizza I ordered, I made it very clear I wanted it for 11pm, and NO Earlier because I wouldn't be home (wanted it when I got in from the pub).

When I got home in good time at 2245, there was a battered old Peugeot 206 on my drive, with an eastern European bloke sat in it. I thought "who the break is this". I looked into his car, he was smoking, with the windows closed, and there were cigarette butts EVERYWHERE, a sea of them, including underneath my pizza box on the passenger seat  :-\

I told him he wasn't getting a penny and to take it away. Filthy animals.
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #6 on: 11 January 2018, 20:52:42 »

The cheapest, healthiest way to eat is by making freshly prepared food from basic ingredients, home cooked food. It tastes much better as well. Basic meals are easy to prepare and cook and for those that are short of time, bulk cook and then freeze what you don't use. :y :y :y

Generally, the frozen processed food Maccy D people are the sort that are on TB's cull list. I've also noticed that most people under 40 generally struggle with making basic things and use jars of cook-in sauces etc. and those 30 and below it is not real food unless it comes in a jar, tin or packet to be heated or delivered as a takeaway. This includes things like sunday roasts and Christmas dinner etc. Salads come in pre-prepared bags and fruit is bought as pealed, segmented pieces in bowls. This is because they haven't got time to prepare and cook where they are too busy watching x-factor, big-brother, celeb-whatever, knobenders while messaging on arsebook such insprationation must read stories to their friends, like I'm breathing-in, now I'm breathing out, here's a picture of cleaver me on Instragrot breathing-in and then breathing out again, with 'cool' cat features ears and nose overlay picture with my bbf. :D :D :D

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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #7 on: 11 January 2018, 21:11:55 »

Not including treats/snacks/curry, I reckon I could comfortably, and healthily live off £90 a month.

Except for milk and cereal, the bulk is frozen ingredients which get lumped into a tub and nuked. This is primarily for time reasons and I only have access to a microwave at work.
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #8 on: 11 January 2018, 21:20:45 »

My tea tonight.  :y

Large Costco chicken breast - £1.80ish (as I buy a large tray and freeze them)
Rocket Salad - about 30p
Cherry Tomatoes - about 20p
Jacket Potato - About 10p
Pile of Humous - About 25p 10p
Half a stick of Garlic Bread - 15p

£2.80!  £2.50! Bloody hell I'm extravagant!  :o  ;D

I'm having a late tea tonight and just realised that I've no garlic bread left in the freezer and not much humous left.  :(
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #9 on: 11 January 2018, 21:26:51 »

Bin-diving round the back of Tesco's - free, except for the petrol cost getting there!

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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #10 on: 11 January 2018, 21:55:20 »

My usual dinner is...

1 smoked mackerel, bought from fish counter and frozen at home/1 jumbo frankfurter.
1 bag of microwave rice, egg fried or Mexican.
4 cubes of frozen spinach.
3 stalks of frozen asparagus.
1 cup of frozen sweet corn.
1/2 a frozen avocado.

Gets nuked for 6-7 minutes. Very tasty :y
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #11 on: 11 January 2018, 21:57:20 »

My usual dinner is...

1 smoked mackerel, bought from fish counter and frozen at home/1 jumbo frankfurter.
1 bag of microwave rice, egg fried or Mexican.
4 cubes of frozen spinach.
3 stalks of frozen asparagus.
1 cup of frozen sweet corn.

Gets nuked for 6-7 minutes. Very tasty :y
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #12 on: 11 January 2018, 22:09:08 »

Pasta !

All those Italians can't be wrong. It's incredible what you can do with it, very cheaply, and very tastilly, and very nutritionally. A 500 grm pack of spag or penne or similar in Lidl is .45p. Add a few bits and pieces and I'll feed 4 for around £3 or maybe £4. Yes I'm serious. And . . . it would be a credit to a half decent Italian restaurant that would charge £10 per person for it.

Meal for 4 Lidl

Pack of penne .45
Tin chopped tomatoes. 0.35p
An onion. maybe 0.20P or so ?
Pack of beef meatballs £1.60
Dash of oil, salt, black pepper fresh or dried garlic  . . . .I dunno, lets say 0.40p
Push the boat out . . . .  a glass of red wine   0.50
25 minutes of gas or electricity . . . I have no effin idea

Many variations on the above that are even cheaper, and sometimes better  :y












 
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #13 on: 11 January 2018, 22:28:10 »

Mediterranean diet is the healthiest you can eat and typically adds 2 years to a person's lifespan.

Making a basic bolognese sauce is quick and easy and can be used for a range of pasta dishes.
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Re: Cost of food
« Reply #14 on: 11 January 2018, 23:09:39 »

Mediterranean diet is the healthiest you can eat and typically adds 2 years to a person's lifespan.

Making a basic bolognese sauce is quick and easy and can be used for a range of pasta dishes.

Ha i am two years older than i thought. How come i havent got my pension then?

Another big problem is the waste. People buy stuff without a real meal plan and it goes off or the dreaded out of date. I have problems with onions out of a five kilo sack sprouting due to the ambient heat before they all get used.

I met a couple the other day who buy a chicken , roast it and eat the white breast meat and BIN the rest. Outrageous  on so many levels.
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