We shop @ Netto and Aldi too and they do have some great bargins.... if you know what you want. I avoid Tesco's if at all possible, prefering Sainsbury's if I must
I wrote about Hugh yesterday... and so agree... we are going to try and become more ethical and waste concious.
our monies have taken a nose dive recently...but your post has just really cheered me up...
I think I shall join in the game ...I accept.... now to work out the budget and the menus!!
Welcome to the game! :)
We're quite well-placed- with a choice between Sainsburys, Asda and Netto- all about a mile from the house.
Hugh's programmes have been really good. I see Jaimie has some follow-up shows where he'll be demonstrating how they make chicken Mcnuggets to a studio audience- or something of the sort.
We're in a state of flux at the moment. Ailz used to eat a lot of bread but has discovered she's wheat intolerant and has given it up entirely. This means I'm having to work out just how much bread I can eat by myself.
I have a problem with the freezer. Everything I put in there enters a black hole. I just forget all about it.
Ailz keeps wanting to buy a big freezer, but I'm against it. I just don't think it represents real economy. Your story will furnish me with ammunition.
2008-01-09 02:47 pm (UTC)
I can only second this. My freezer is such a black hole too.. the stuff in the back really gets thrown out only when, once in a while, I forget to pay my power bill and they cut the juice off, leaving the freezer to thaw and therefore force me to enter the alien zone. Ieek.
Our freezer is simply the ice compartment at the top of our fridge. It holds very little but- even so- things get lost in there. Last time I cleared it out I discovered some plums I didn't know I had. They were delicious.
I've got a table-top freezer, and its contents are usually home-cooked. I forgot to say that Tesco delivers - a big plus.
Twenty years' worth of dead pheasants- hmmm...
But aren't they supposed to be at their best when all but putrid?
Labelling is the key to using a freezer. Well, not bread, obviously, because you can see what that is. Bread and milk are the two things I virtually never waste because both will freeze and can be got out in small portions.
My problem is veggies. I'll load my basket with veggies in a fit of, "I must have some really healthy food this week," but then forget that I won't have time to cook it, so some time later I find it all wilted in the bottom of the fridge.
I've never considered freezing milk.
Yes, I have a problem with veggies too. Luckily the rabbits think wilted greens and wrinkly apples are a luxury.
I always fall for two-for-one on fruit, even though I know I'm not going to get through that many apples/clementines/apricots in that time. If it's nice fruit like apricots, I can take the free bag into work for my colleagues.
I don't have colleagues to share my excess fruit and veg with- but I do have rabbits...
Ah yes, and I have these guys for fruit and veg that's slightly past human consumption. My triumph was being given a bag of soft apples by a workmate, cutting them into rings and drying them in the microwave - no waste and dozens of free gerbil-treats.
I must try it sometime.
2008-01-09 02:40 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. In Italy it is even more difficult to find "ethical" meat. Nor eggs, or milk.
As far as milk goes, I have resigned myself to buying only the dead one, which keeps for months, even after being opened. I love fresh milk, but it is very seldom that I manage to finish a bottle of it without it going bad before :(
We get through an enormous ammount of milk- mainly in cups of tea or coffee.
Ethical, organic and fairtrade products are easy enough to find in Britain- it's just that they always cost more. For example, Freerange eggs are about 20% more expensive than battery ones.
Yes. We do the same sort of shopping, also. But we are in a state of readjustment now as our older daughter just moved out and we are having to calculate just how much less of everything to buy since she was the big milk and other staples consumer in the house. I do buy extra meat when it's reduced and freeze it because that what I learned to do from my mother who was an expert at meal planning on a sheet metal worker's salary.
Planning really is the key.
We found it made a big difference to our spending if we took the trouble to draw up a shopping list beforehand.
YEs,I enjoy doing that too. I'd like to say any money I didn't spend that I budgeted for groceries went into my vacation fund...
We have an Aldis here that I enjoy shopping at. For my meat, I go up the street to Wegmans (and their prices are reasonable, anyway). But for me a freezer is a good thing - because I don't drive and there is nothing within walking distance.
A car does make a huge difference. I used to eat a lot more frozen food in the days before we had one.
Ain't no Sainsbury's for miles - and when I go to Sainsbury's away from home, the prices are horrendous.
We've got Morrison's, Tesco and Safeway.
The third is cheapest and un-green, Morrison's is expensive and un-green - Tesco much the cheapest and greenest
I forgot Asda - also cheao and ungreen
We go to Asda sometimes- there's one in the town next door- a huge superstore. Sainsbury's is horrendously expensive- true- but it's the nicest of our local stores and I can't stay away- though i do try (increasingly) to buy basics elsewhee.
2008-01-10 12:26 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid for your milk-flow problem the only solution I can think of is to buy a cow, however for bread we have a solution which seems to work very well. You buy a bread maker from argos for about £30. The money you save on buying loaves pays for this machine in about a year, then you still have the machine for many years use, and loaves of lovely homemade bread which cost less than half the price of shop bought bread. Plus you know what went into them (not loads of ghastly preservatives). So as long as you are stocked up on flour and yeast you always have fresh bread "on tap". It takes 5 minutes to load up the machine, and about 3 hours for it to churn out a loaf.. Tom F
I used to make my own bread. It's a good while ago now and I forget why I stopped. I think I may just have wanted a change. I believe I still have the breadmaker somewhere. I should perhaps consider digging it out.