Went down to the butcher's today to get some meat. We probably only go now, around once every two months. Total spend came to £17.63 and this is what we got:
One 2kg chicken, 100g bacon, 500g oxtail liver, 600g diced pork shoulder (these last 3 ingredients are towards making some faggots), 500g stewing steak. Just shows you how much meat has gone up but we like to use our butcher as they are great fun to visit and will help you out if you want to make something but are not sure of what you need regarding cut of meat. Also, with eating such little meat, we want good quality well reared meat that comes from somewhere reasonably local. For that I am happy to pay the extra, plus it keeps the butchers going in this economic climate.
Finally they come in very handy for these:
One FREE large beef marrow shin bone, weighing 2.7kg and measuring some 46cm long. I had to get him to saw it up as we don't have a pan big enough for it.
I am currently making some granola and once that is finished am planning to turn up the oven temperature and roast this big boy until golden brown. Then once cooled, the 2 big bits will be frozen for making soup later in the month and the smaller one will form the basis of some stock for soup later today.
This is our meat for the month. I still have enough odds and sods from last month plus fish and this new meat will make faggots, pies, stews etc for this month. Also I want to make as many extra meals as I can in an endeavour to cut the grocery bill for March.
I'm trying a new challenge of my own making, of cooking enough extra meals over two months to give us one free month of meals. This is for no reason as such but being careful what we spend means I can continue to pay for remedial massages and chiropractic treatment and we can eat a meal after our walks without any worry.
Just because we live on DB's pension, doesn't mean we can't have treats. Planning and problem solving are part and parcel of our lives. We choose to stay debt free but still intend to live life and enjoy ourselves as much as possible, by careful planning.