This family spent even more than the last! £18,000 a year on food. By the end, it was estimated they would spend £12,000 a year if they made some of the suggested changes.
£12,000 - good grief!!! On a good day and with the wind in the right direction, we use less than £1550 for us two (including toiletries). Times that by 3 (for her family of 6) and using it for food purchases only, would bring that to £4650 for her family for a year. What is the rest spent on, drinks? for their occasional weekend guests.
Yet again, no menu plan in sight, putting things at random in their trolley, going for top end brands mainly etc. It wasn't as if their children were fussy eaters either. Most of the time they all ate the same thing. Very little cooking going on in a lovely large kitchen, what a waste all round!
The nutritionist lady came up trumps again, showing the amount of sugar in ready made spaghetti sauces (and they were only the tomato and basil ones).
Premium brand (looked like Loyd Grossman judging by the shape) - about 4.5 teaspoonfuls of sugar
Most bought (looked like Dolmio) - 7.5 teaspoonfuls of sugar
Supermarket own brand - 1 teaspoonful of sugar
Blimey, no wonder people are addicted to sugar. They said the supermarket own brand didn't taste as good as the other two but not due to the lack of sugar, more the lack of depth. Well, that can be corrected by a good squidge of tomato purée and a few extra herbs. They could have said that but didn't, leaving me to ponder if they were trying to aim us elsewhere.
The nutritionist then went onto make a rather nice sauce herself using top quality ingredients, see, they really are not aiming it at the rest of us. We make a perfectly lovely (in our humble opinion), tomato sauce using cheapest tinned tomatoes, s & p, herbs, squidge of purée and a bit of garlic. Not a hint of sugar used not even in the can or the tube of tomato purée. Only in summer when we have our own tomatoes would we use fresh ones.
Well, I've said my twopence worth, you might not agree but really, even though we know they are after making a sensationalist programme, I'm sure there are more hard up people around, shopping like this who really needed the help as well as showing how to cook more frugal meals.
Shame on you programme makers (this includes all the daytime and evening slots filled to capacity with chefs, cooks using expensive ingredients), you could/can do so much more:(
Our weekly menu tab has been updated for meals in the 2nd and final week of the food challenge. We amazed ourselves by using just 50p on meat for us both, for the week!