Sunday, 24 February 2013
Isn't the price of meat shocking...
First of all, a lovely welcome to my new follower Sara Oliver, do you have a blog that we can view?
We were warned last year about the rising cost of animal feed and how the poor harvests around the world would affect the cost of meat and other foods that rely on grains such as bread and its associated baked products. Alcohol also falls into this category but at the end of the day, if you need to, you can either do without or reduce your intake.
Food however, along with water, is necessary to sustain life. In our current season, the cold makes us want to eat more so we have to eke out dishes with more vegetables which in themselves, have also risen in price.
Friday saw us doing a small top up at a local supermarket looking at the price of meat, fancying a Sunday roast other than chicken or ham. No luck, I just wasn't prepared to spend so much on so little. Although we normally get our meat from a local butcher, due to us being in said supermarket, we ended up buying 3 packs of casserole meat for £10 (would have been £12 for the 1.2 kg– not a huge saving).
We know the farmers in general are missing out and that shops have to satisfy the needs of their shareholders so we can probably take a rough guess at who is winning here. It certainly isn't us!
The first lot of meat went into a large saucepan to make a vegetable and meat stew. Gone are the days when it was a meat stew. We had a portion Friday night with dumplings. What was left had a can of kidney beans and some hot and spicy sauce added to it to make it into a chunky chilli. The contents of the pan were then divided into 2 portions and frozen. Sorry, forgot to take a photograph.
The other two packs were minced, along with an onion and dry fried with a good dash of Worcestershire Sauce. Then, 3 carrots, 1/4 of a swede, 3 small leeks, a 2” portion of butternut squash and a tin of tomatoes were added. It was slowly cooked for 2 hours, stock cubes added, thickened and divided into 2 dishes and a container. What was left of a bag of potatoes was cooked and mashed and put on top of the two containers to turn them into Shepard’s Pie.
One is for Sunday along with the small carton of gravy. The other plus a bag of mince, will be frozen for a later date.
So I managed to get 6 meals for 2 people from those 3 x 400g packs of beef. I'm sure I could have done better by adding lots more vegetables. Some days, my brain just isn't up to it plus, it is the end of the month and my fridge and vegetable rack is almost empty.