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earthyvirgo

Cost of preparing food from scratch

Following on from Rob R's question about how much people spend on meat, I was just loosely working out how much last night's meal cost and I reckon it was probably a similar cost to the blandest, *value* 99p box meal.

It was a veggie meal (generally cheaper unless using copious amount of nuts?) and I was using things up because it's time to do a shop but my reckoning is a Gujurati Potato curry for 2 costs approx 1, maybe 1.50 as I didn't cook it on the top of the woodburner which I often do with a curry.

It contained:
Various spices (seed and powdered)
Dash of olive oil
less than a teaspoon of veggie bouillon
4 medium size potatoes
1 tomato
A large squirt of tomato puree
2 cloves of garlic
tin of chick peas
Dollop of plain yoghurt
A few spinach leaves from the garden.

It's got to be one of the cheapest meals in existence, that actually tastes good and satisfies the hunger pangs - unless you know better ... Smile

EV
Rob R

We must have had an 'expensive' meal for bolognese, as it seems to have come out at 5.59 at Waitrose/Rosewood prices, although herbs/oil probably bumps it up to 6 or 3 per person (assuming Nick won't allow me to count what Anne feeds to the dogs as one person).
Nick

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15752918

You count what you like. Smile I'm just not having Anne counted the same as Dominic, yet. Smile
Cathryn

@the other Ann. I bulk buy chickpeas and tinned tomatoes. I did have a whole drawer of tomatoes in the freezer but I also suffer from children that descend and eat phenomenal quantities of food in a very short time. I might have enough space to be able to make ice cream soon.

It's about encouraging people to see that making food from scratch is easy to do and makes sense in most ways. Although I am not against the occasional emergency fish finger supper. (And now I fancy that more than the egg and bacon pie I was planning. Rolling Eyes)
oldish chris

My Guru makes Lasagne at 60p per portion: recipe

Note: my Guru only buys "free range" meat.

Although I am a bit extravagant with meat, much of my vegetable stuff is from my allotment.
Rob R

My Guru makes Lasagne at 60p per portion: recipe

Note: my Guru only buys "free range" meat.

Although I am a bit extravagant with meat, much of my vegetable stuff is from my allotment.


To be fair, her portions are mouse-sized, I'd need at least 3 to keep me going through the day without snacking.
Nicky Colour it green

its hard to work out isn't it

we had spag bol tonight - I used turkey mince. the turkey was a large free range bird we bought for Christmas - pricey but it was Christmas - we only roast the crown, then we mince the rest, and make stew and soup with the bones. - I've just crunched the numbers and averaged the cost over the 67 meals we had/have out of it.

I used bought passata, mushrooms and peppers, frozen homegrown courgettes
I added wine that was leftover, so not counting that.
I made our own spaghetti - and so added in the price of 300g of flour and 3 eggs at 20p each - since that is what I sell them for. allowing 50p to cover the olive oil, herbs, onion and garlic

I cooked it on the esse using our own logs and pallet wood.

it made 4 main meals - the three of us including the garnet that is my son (spare meal in the freezer)
and works out to 1.70 per person meal. Not bad for a meat meal.

all a bit approx though

was very tasty

Smile
dpack

simple 500 gm sourdough loaf about a 1including heat
Nick

its hard to work out isn't it

we had spag bol tonight - I used turkey mince. the turkey was a large free range bird we bought for Christmas - pricey but it was Christmas - we only roast the crown, then we mince the rest, and make stew and soup with the bones. - I've just crunched the numbers and averaged the cost over the 67 meals we had/have out of it.

I used bought passata, mushrooms and peppers, frozen homegrown courgettes
I added wine that was leftover, so not counting that.
I made our own spaghetti - and so added in the price of 300g of flour and 3 eggs at 20p each - since that is what I sell them for. allowing 50p to cover the olive oil, herbs, onion and garlic

I cooked it on the esse using our own logs and pallet wood.

it made 4 main meals - the three of us including the garnet that is my son (spare meal in the freezer)
and works out to 1.70 per person meal. Not bad for a meat meal.

all a bit approx though

was very tasty

Smile


Wine that was leftover.

Can anyone translate this, please?
oldish chris

My Guru makes Lasagne at 60p per portion: recipe

Note: my Guru only buys "free range" meat.

Although I am a bit extravagant with meat, much of my vegetable stuff is from my allotment.

To be fair, her portions are mouse-sized, I'd need at least 3 to keep me going through the day without snacking. I hate you, I really hate you. In order to prove you wrong, I've just spent half an hour calculating the calorie content of a portion of Jack Monroe's home-made Lasagne. Its in the order of 450. Way more than a mouse would eat. (About a third of what a working man would eat.) Treacodactyl

Wine that was leftover.

Can anyone translate this, please?

Sauce needs a splash of wine - open wine bottle, add a splash to saucepan and drink the 'leftovers'. Wink
dpack

Wine that was leftover.

Can anyone translate this, please?

Sauce needs a splash of wine - open wine bottle, add a splash to saucepan and drink the 'leftovers'. Wink

well specified Laughing
Nick

Ah, thank you. All is clear. dpack

for some folk who are time poor for domestic things it would be reasonable to charge for time which sways the scales somewhat. Nicky Colour it green

Wine that was leftover.

Can anyone translate this, please?

Sauce needs a splash of wine - open wine bottle, add a splash to saucepan and drink the 'leftovers'. Wink

well specified Laughing

Laughing

it was the last bit of a cheapo bottle (well plastic) of wine I'd bought for mulling at christmas. I guess you could add a quid to the total cost to make it more accurate. Odd to some the concept of leftover wine - but I'm the only drinker in the house so it does get left, to the point of going bad unless I cook with it.

however, leftover chocolate is impossible
Nicky Colour it green

for some folk who are time poor for domestic things it would be reasonable to charge for time which sways the scales somewhat.

Time is a huge factor - I have lots of time, not a lot of cash. Folk are always asking me if small holding (such as we are on 2 acres) makes any money - the answer is no - but we live cheaply. For me, it is a lifestyle choice, one that was forced on me a little.
Rob R

My Guru makes Lasagne at 60p per portion: recipe

Note: my Guru only buys "free range" meat.

Although I am a bit extravagant with meat, much of my vegetable stuff is from my allotment.

To be fair, her portions are mouse-sized, I'd need at least 3 to keep me going through the day without snacking. I hate you, I really hate you. In order to prove you wrong, I've just spent half an hour calculating the calorie content of a portion of Jack Monroe's home-made Lasagne. Its in the order of 450. Way more than a mouse would eat. (About a third of what a working man would eat.)

Laughing My pleasure.
Rob R

My Guru makes Lasagne at 60p per portion: recipe

Note: my Guru only buys "free range" meat.

Although I am a bit extravagant with meat, much of my vegetable stuff is from my allotment.

To be fair, her portions are mouse-sized, I'd need at least 3 to keep me going through the day without snacking. I hate you, I really hate you. In order to prove you wrong, I've just spent half an hour calculating the calorie content of a portion of Jack Monroe's home-made Lasagne. Its in the order of 450. Way more than a mouse would eat. (About a third of what a working man would eat.)

Though you have to wonder what people think happens in the food industry;

Quote:
Watching that woman on daytime TV, I wondered if I could recreate a supermarket ready meal for less than the shelf price.


I assume many people reading that piece, comparing the 2.69 M&S meal with 0.60 homemade, would be thinking they are saving 2.09, but only if you ignore that someone has been paid to make the M&S meal, someone has been paid to make the packaging, the cooking uses un-costed time and fuel, the subsequent storage costs you money. Add onto that the testing required, the need to clean & comply with food safety regs, the greater wastage they'd have if they omitted the e-numbers. You can soon see why it's 2.09 cheaper.
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