Up till the start of the lockdown and it became almost impossible to get a delivery slot I always shopped online apart from about once a month when I’d take my MIL to ALDI.
I was pretty well stocked up as I have 2 freezers but with 4 of us in the house we go through food quickly.
I’m mostly staying at home but I go out for a walk most days with OS. Usually we walk round a wildlife area close to us but sometimes we’ll walk into the village for a bit of shopping.
I’ve started using our local butchers. It used to be rubbish but it’s obviously been taken over and is now very good. It’s more expensive than buying from the supermarket but I’ve come to realise that the quality of the meat is far superior.
Yesterday I dug out a pack of Tesco chicken breasts from the depths of the freezer and cut them up to make a curry. When I fried the pieces the amount of water that came off them was ridiculous. There was probably as much water as one of the chicken breasts. I think from now on I’m going to get all my meat from the butchers. In the end there’s probably not any difference in price as you’re not paying for water that they inject into the chicken breasts as filler.
What does everyone else think. Has anyone bought meat in bulk?
Post by Lancashire Lass on Jun 2, 2020 17:54:14 GMT
You're lucky having a good butcher near you as that is something we miss. We had a brilliant one who was in business for years but when he was reaching retirement he was able to make more money by selling the butchers shop for convertion into property. I swear I've never had such nice sausages since. You certainly get what you pay for and now I'm doing Morrison's online shopping, I'm looking at all the food with newer interest. I always try to buy British, free range, best quality etc.
I don't really eat meat Magggzz, I eat fish and about once a month some chicken, but get what you mean about it being pumped with water. I miss meat sometimes because I used to like bacon, but the facon is really good anyway
I agree that you just don't get the same quality in the supermarkets, if it's mass produced then something has to give and it's all about mass profit isn't it. I really don't like going to the supermarkets, I'll be glad to move again back to an area where there are farm shops, green grocers and butchers. (OH still eats a little meat) and a proper fish monger.
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.
I’m not a fan of fish. I love seafood but not white fish. I notice the lady across the road has a fish delivery van once a week. My mum and dad used to have one as well.
I don’t know how you find out about something like that. Maybe ask on Nextdoor (it’s a forum) . Here in Manchester we’re about an hour and a half drive from Fleetwood which is a major fishing port so the fish we’d be buying would probably be fresh that morning.
If you have a port within an hour or twos drive then I’m sure someone will be doing this.
Actually as hubs and I have got older we don’t eat anything like as much meat as we used to and it’s mostly chicken. My problem is that I’m supposed to eat protein and I don’t think I’m eating enough. Lentils and chick peas which I love don’t actually have that much protein in them and they do have a fair bit of carb.
I’m thinking of adding a protein shake to my daily routine. What do you think?
Magggzz, it might be worth checking out high protein foods. I used to get the Weetabix one for hubs. Eggs and Greek yoghurt are also fairly high. You could, as you say, have a protein shake. I eat very little meat, I don't seem to eat much in the way of fish either. This has made me think that I actually need to reassess exactly what I do eat. Talking about butchers, we have a small, independent, butcher in our small group of shops. Our daughter and son in law, have had some really good meat and competitively priced. I hadn't realised that the butcher was there, I have been to the library but seem to have somehow missed this shop.
I can eat nuts but I’m not really fond of them unless they’re covered in chocolate of course but that’s not really in my eating plan. I say that and it sounds like I know what I’m talking about. The more I learn the more I realise how much I just don’t know. I wish I could see a dietician who knew what they were talking about. My experiences so far with dieticians have not been good.
I’ve got a Tesco click and collect on Tuesday so I’m going to add some tofu (if they have it) and haloumi cheese. I thought I could use my lime and chilli coating for the cheese but it’s a very long time since I cooked with tofu. I know I like it. Just before the lockdown I went to a vegan curry house with a friend and it was lovely. I had a tofu and spinach curry. I thought the flavours were much more delicate than your average curry.
So hit me with your best tofu recipes please. That’s assuming Tesco sell it.
I need a trip to the Chinese supermarket as there’s a few things I’m short of that I only get from there (proper noodles, packet easy noodles and jars of black beans in chilli oil). I’m a bit reluctant to go there at the moment. That may not be entirely logical but it’s just how I feel. I could definitely get tofu there. They just have so many different ways of selling it I get confused.