to try and settle the 'which is cheaper, junk or cooked from scratch' debate once and for all

(643 Posts)
IceBeing Tue 27-Aug-13 13:05:54

I have seen both sides of this recently on MN and on the box.

So. submit your meal plans here.

1. Choose junk or home cooked

2. Give a shopping list plus price for a weeks worth of food for a family of 4, assuming no reliance on a 'store cupboard' and no meal sharing.

3. Give an estimated weekly cooking time plus shopping time.

4. indicate if your plan relies on a local aldi/lidl etc.

Lets sort this the JEFF out please.....

nickelbabe Thu 05-Sep-13 16:07:14

ah, i'd never heard of cookeen so i didn't know it was veg

shrinkingnora Thu 05-Sep-13 16:18:37

Nickelbabe - I think I might be just the boring obsessive needed for an experiment like that. I shall report back! I will do an Aldi standard, an Aldi free range, a tesco value and a tesco organic that I will make my dad buy for me and to top it off I will do a farmers market one as I can barter for that. On each I will try and give an idea of fattiness, watery crap in the roasting tin, raw weight and weight of cooked meat at the end. Plus taste if I can be arsed.

garlicbargain Thu 05-Sep-13 16:24:06

You like roast chicken, then, nora? grin

Interesting experiment, if you can get 'em all the same weight. I had to post to keep this in TIO!

shrinkingnora Thu 05-Sep-13 16:27:27

I will get them all the same weight bracket if you see what I mean. So 'medium' probably. This will take me some weeks, mind! Or I may just have a chicken and beer party.

shrinkingnora Thu 05-Sep-13 16:28:42

Or just buy DH a loaf of bread and a jar of mayo to go with it. He looooves chicken sarnies.

nickelbabe Thu 05-Sep-13 17:07:38

excellent nora can't wait to find out what the true cost is

ABaconAndOnionTart Thu 05-Sep-13 17:17:12

I have cooked the stardard chickens in the past and they seem to come out swimming in fat. I have also read that chicken is less nutritional than it was 50 years ago due to intensive rearing practices. I guess if you eat a lot in a short amount of time you gain fat not muscle. Same for chooks.

I am sticking by my post eons ago about my medium (1.5kg) chicken that fed us indefinitely and think its totally because it was very high welfare.

Not massively cost effective still but is still the only meat we bought in August so we could afford it

Chunderella Thu 05-Sep-13 20:12:38

Lumpybumpy I bet you don't eat every single scrap of it in one go. You'd only do that if you strip everything off it first and serve all that, even the greasy bits underneath that aren't that nice on a roast dinner. And quite often there are bits that don't come off unless you boil the carcass up. So the odds are there's still a little bit of meat left. Plus, there's stock. So even if you literally get every single bit of flesh off the bones, you can still get stock off it and use that towards a risotto or soup. That would be another meal from the chicken, even if it was just a lunch.

noobieteacher Sun 08-Sep-13 12:09:55

I have now realised that my protein intake was unnecessarily high, so we had a stingy pizza yesterday, it was very satisfying but we all got hungry quite soon after. Now I remember why I prefer meals with higher protein content. Perhaps it's just something you have to get used to. I grew up in a large family with big tall men and teens, we had lots of meat as they would all have tantrums when hungry.

Chunderella Sun 08-Sep-13 16:00:02

Protein is the best way to fill you up...

prettybird Sun 08-Sep-13 19:41:08

Protein and fat will leaving feeling satiated for longer.

Carbohydrates like pasta may well fill you up - but you'll soon feel hungry again.

well i have just made shepherds pie with 2kg potatoes half pint milk n 125g butter - £1.50 n 454gm lamb mince 4 carrots 1onion 200gm mushrooms 200gm peas a leeks tin beans some gravy granules n 4 tablespoons ketchup - £2.50 ( mince was reduced ) so total £4.

i made 3 pies each will do 3 adult n 2 toddler portions

so for £4 i have 9 adult portions n 6 Todd ler portions

IceBeing Mon 09-Sep-13 14:04:36

wow...nearly as cheap as Iceland there....nearly.

thanks bet mine taste nicer smile

we had a 1.6kg chicken yesterday normal one from tesco roast in a bag one reduced to £4 it served 5 adults 1 child n 2 toddlers with roast potatoes n veggies. little chicken left to make one sandwich n carcass could have been used for stock but i didn't this time

Smoorikins Mon 09-Sep-13 14:39:27

http://cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/

£100 to feed four people for a month. Granted, the prices are out of date. It would be interesting to take the shopping list and update the prices.

Smoorikins Mon 09-Sep-13 14:40:04

cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/
Sorry, clickable link.

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