Whilst it may be true that the meat from the supermarkets may be cheaper, and I do on occasions buy meat from them, I like to support our local butcher. I set myself the challenge today of only buying the cheaper cuts (not including the sausages) and this is what I bought:
4 herby sausages for £1.66, 1 lb of beef skirt for £2.38, 3 chicken legs and 1 v. large breast for £6.49 and a smoked ham hock, weighing 3 lb 7 oz for just £1.00.
Yes, the chicken was the most expensive but the legs and breasts are huge. I shall simmer them to get myself some stock then make at least 2 meals for each of us from them. The same goes for the skirt. I should be able to make a large pot of beef and vegetable something with that. If I serve the sausages just as they are, that would be one meal each, but I can stretch them to two by doing mini toad in the hole or sausage balls with pasta. Finally, the hock, gosh it is huge. It is now steeping in some water for 24 hours then I shall boil it until done. I had intended using it just for pea and ham soup but feel there is enough meat on it for at least one meal plus the soup.
All in all, for £11.53 in total money spent, I reckon I can get at least 14 meals (7 each) out of it, working out at around 82p per portion for the meat side of things. If I then get at least 6 portions of soup, that will drop the bought portion price to 57p – not bad me thinks!
Our way of eating, i.e. not mixing protein and starch at the same meal, makes it very difficult to eat very cheaply, but we always have 1 and sometimes 2 main meals that are mixed just to catch up on those things we miss. We tried before and during the holidays to get back onto a more 'normal' way of eating but we both felt dreadful - bloated and very uncomfortable. So for us, at the moment, we shall stick to it and our 1 or 2 'treat' meals.