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How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week 25 Jul 2018 07:51 #9481

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Recently Came across yet another Eat for £20 a week, This is Vegetarian Based, But is full of Good Ideas & Tips:

Buy in bulk, shop seasonally and eat your (carrot) greens … Eco chef Tom Hunt shares his thrifty food tips, shopping lists and recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Tom Hunt @cheftomhunt Thu 21 Jun 2018

Food sustainability isn’t just about protecting our environment, it’s about protecting us, the consumers, and supporting the farmers who make our food.

Affordability is a key element of what a sustainable diet looks like. I call my approach Root to Fruit eating. It is a philosophy that aims to make it easier for people to cook good food, blending a little chef’s knowhow with academic research, and making it applicable to home cooks and professionals alike. My shopping list comes in at just over £18 a week – cheaper than the average national weekly spend per person of £24. Over a year, that’s a saving of about £300 while still enjoying top-quality food (I buy everything from my local independent health-food shop or market, or organic items from the supermarket. Of course, if you need to bring the cost of your shopping down further, buy non-organic). I’m a vegetarian, so there is no meat on my shopping list, and eating less meat is certainly a good way of keeping costs down. However, if you are buying meat, opt for cheaper cuts of higher-welfare animals.

Every head chef works to a tight budget to make a profit. When we invent a dish, we cost and portion it gram for gram to calculate a gross profit of 70-75%. So a dish we sell for £5 must cost less than £1.25 to make, including any waste, which we are always looking to minimise.

That margin is there to cover the cost of rent, staff, utilities and, if you’re lucky, a profit. But chefs love good produce, so they devise other ways to keep their costs down, turning scraps that cost pennies into a fine meal for which patrons are happy to pay pounds. Noma, for example – one of the best restaurants in the world – serves cod’s head as a main course. Taking on board a chef’s thrift in the kitchen will help you save money while eating healthily and sustainably – as my guide and recipes show.

Read More Here;
www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jun/21/how-to-eat-like-chef-less-than-20-pounds-week-thrifty-recipes
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How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week 28 Jul 2018 18:09 #9522

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Always something that makes ideas like this worth reading. Bulk buying of something with a long shelf life or that can be frozen which you eat regularly makes a lot of sense especially if you spot it whilst on offer such as buy 1 get 1 free. I am no health nut and know of people who have still got seriously ill even whilst obsessing about every little thing but was meat free for around 3 years couple of decades back and occasionally don't eat it for a while. I quite like that meat substitute begins with Q just as a change and there are plenty of places do veggie burgers these days.

If you buy all your items at a discount supermarket you could have all this on an even lower budget - that's what I never got about the guardian. Not all chefs are that healthy, some just love food - place where I did my catering training could easily have put anyone off but I will spare everyone the horror stories as it is not appropriate. You could for example buy bags of frozen veg and/or treat yourself to a margherita or spinach & ricotta pizza (I sometimes add extra toppings from the fridge or freezer - sweetcorn probably my favourite), maybe even a bottle of wine with what you saved. Throw in a different jar of freeze dried herbs/spices each shop and build up a nice range quite soon - I use regularly can bring out the chef in you and they last ages.

BTW comments are showing in that link, wonder if it is just some of the political stories where they are not showing.
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How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week 09 Feb 2019 13:19 #13997

It is difficult, but you can try :P Try to plan your budget for the week, it will help you to understand how much money you can allot for delicacies and goodies. Keep track of which restaurants have discounts or promotional offers. For example, I specifically write down in my notebook https://onplanners.com/templates/budget-planner how much money and on what I spent, on what I can spend, and on what it is better to save.
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How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week 09 Feb 2019 16:41 #14002

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Green fingers here so during the summer i grow alot myself. It's not rocket science so would not put anyone off having a go. Got no interest in plants except a few to encourage bees. But if i can eat it im in. Prob save a gd few quid when growing lettuce carrtots potatoes onions strawberries peppers tomatoes and cuecumbers.
You dont need much space to grow a few bits and it keeps us going.
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How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week 10 Feb 2019 09:16 #14014

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I to enjoy growing Plants, both for food and for "Smoking" ;)
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