Apologies Herbivores, We're Frugal Omnivores Here.
OK, so I'm mildly stunned by high quality at low prices!
My annual budget for all food, toiletries, cleaning and laundry products has been increased this year to a whopping great £1.25 per person per day - that's a 25% increase on previous years, just so we can enjoy a few luxuries now and again. (Basic essentials, if anyone wants anything extra like hair gels, aftershave or cosmetics, they buy it for themselves.)
Here in Frugaldom, we don't eat any of our feathered friends, we simply keep them for eggs, so that means buying meat.
Having lost ROSSPA, (a farm shop outlet that used to deliver my butcher meat overnight) I had been struggling to find an affordable supplier who could deliver. (We've no car and don't live near shops, remember.) My body-building son said he'd heard 'Muscle Foods' was a good company to deal with, so that's where I went. (As reward for doing so, they gave me the above link where all my friends could go and claim 4 free chicken breasts with their first order!)
Their fresh meat is all ethically produced within Britain and the EU, they have won multiple awards and are Fine Food Guild members. Add to this the fact that they guarantee no added water or salt in their products and you can see the odds stacking up in their favour instantly.
On the whole, we eat mostly chicken, so I was aware of current costs and offers in supermarkets even if I can't get to any of them to buy their produce, so when I saw the price of fresh chicken breast fillets at £5 per kilo, I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, I instantly ordered 10kg and then added a couple of kilos of lean beef stew and mince to fill my almost empty freezer.
The order arrived overnight and was exceptionally well packed, fully protected in thick insulating polystyrene wrap, bubble wrap and ice packs. Some of these ice packs were still fully frozen, despite the heat of today when my order was out for delivery. Better still, I've popped them into the freezer, too, to save for using in the cool bag for taking picnics on the bikes.
Looking at the chicken fillets, they are quite huge - a single one diced will make a meal for two of us here, at least! (The secret to frugal cooking is always shred, dice, cube or grate to make things go further and add salad, veggies, pasta or rice etc.)
The fillets came packed in 5kg containers, so I have individually wrapped them in cling film for freezing. I weighed a couple of them beforehand; the first fillet weighed 220g (about double some of the supermarket ones), the next 245g and, in total, I had 44 fillets each capable of feeding two. An average of 227g per fillet and almost zero fat to trim off them.
But that's not all! You know us frugalers always like a little bit extra, well that came in the form of a free sachet of seasoning, a free sheet of thick, insulating poly-foam, some free bubble wrap, several free ice packs and free trays that I have washed, dried and used in the freezer. Once emptied, they'll get used as seed trays in the greenhouse. The poly-foam will be ideal to insulate planters during winter, to keep them off the frozen ground.
Now I am not too sure what the people at Musclefood are going to think of this, as my only effort at building body beautiful is to walk and cycle a bit because I don't have a car, but they may find themselves being the suppliers for several other rural-living frugalities like myself and the worst part is - THEY SEND YOU MORE OFFERS! I've just been offered 1.5kg of veal for £6!
My 'refer a friend' links are included or else you can go to http://www.musclefood.com/SK5873 and claim your 4 free chicken breast fillets when ordering. There's also a loyalty points scheme, so it's pretty much a win/win situation for frugal living pundits like me who love nothing more than a bargain slap-up meal.
Don't get too carried away with these bargains - do as I suggest and see if you can find a neighbour to share your order so you can take advantage of the free delivery options whenever an exceptional bargain appears on the horizon. Or else have a body-builder in the family and combine orders. :)
Having fun with a full freezer,