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Posted by: weezl74 | September 6, 2011

option 2, new prices

and here is an updated list for month 2, the vegan option, which is £13 under budget to allow a piece of fresh fruit each day.

We recommend shopping weekly, to ensure your fresh vegetables are in top condition, please refer to our original lists for how much you will need each week.

SHOPPING FOR MONTH        cost

Fruit and vegetables

1 x Asda spinach leaves     £1.00

300g fresh ginger £0.63

1 x Smart Price mushrooms (400g)    £0.84

700g swede           £0.59

5 x Smart Price peanuts 200g             £1.90

1.6kg Butternut squash       £1.36

2 x Brazil nuts (200g)           £3.28

3 x walnut pieces (150g)     £4.26

6 x pumpkin seeds (150g)   £3.36

4 x Smart Price onions (2kg)               £4.72

5 x Smart Mixed Fruit (500g)               £3.20

4.9 kg carrots loose             £3.43

5 x Smart Price potatoes (2.5kg)        £4.85

Frozen

1 x Smart Price sweetcorn   £0.94

1 x frozen roasting parsnips              £0.94

5 x Smart Price peas            £4.25

Tins, Jars and Cooking

1 x Aleyana peppers                             £1.47

1 x oregano (12g)  £0.50

2 x tomato puree (142g)      £0.50

1 x ASDA coconuts                £0.50

1 x ASDA olives garlic stuffed(340g) £0.78

1 x Rocca balsamic vinegar (250ml)  £0.98

1 x Smart Price baked beans (420g)  £0.27

6 x Smart Price red kidney beans (400g)          £0.96

1 x vegetable oil (3l)           £3.98

3 x yeast extract (240g)        £5.61

15 x Smart Price Passata *  £3.75

1 x Colmans mustard powder            £1.34

2 x KTC lemon juice*            £0.66

1 x Asda dried tomatoes    £1.19

Packets and cereals

1 x Whitworths Great Scot green lentils (500g)              £0.74

3 x Smart Price pasta shapes (500g) £1.23

1 x Natco brown lentils(500g)*          £0.98

1 x Allinson dried active yeast (125g)              £1.28

1 x 2 kg silver spoon sugar £1.29

2 x NATCO chana dal beans(500g)*   £2.00

5 x Smart Price plain flour (1.5kg)     £2,60

4 x Smart Price rice (1kg)     £1.96

11 x strong bread flour (1.5kg)           £7.48

7 x ASDA ready oats (750g) £9.24

Total       £86.86

*Some items on this list differ from the original on the website for example passata instead of chopped tomatoes, brown lentils instead of red, chana dal beans instead of chickpeas and lemon juice instead of lemons. This is due to these products being cheaper now than the original ingredients. These can all be used in the same manner as the original ingredients so there is no need to change your cooking methods.

Posted by: weezl74 | September 6, 2011

credit crunched?

Hi there CFR regulars, we have had some feedback via facebook that a few of you would value a way of still buying everything on the CFR shopping lists at the same price as when we launched the site, despite food price inflation…  So we put on our thinking caps and here you are:

SHOPPING LIST FOR WEEK 1

Cost

Fresh
800g x Butternut Squash by Weight (100g) – 160g used £0.78
2 x Brown Onions (2Kg) – 2920 g used £2,36
1 x White Potatoes (2.5Kg) – 2.2 kg used £0.97
2 x Carrots (1Kg) – 1280g used £1.40
1 x Oranges (6) – 1 used £0.67
1 x Lemons (7) – 1 used £0.71
1.6Kg x Bramley Cooking Apples by Weight (100g) -1.3 kg used £2.35
Meat, fish & poultry
1 x Smartprice Whole Medium Chicken (Approx 1Kg) £2.29
2 x Smartprice Smoked Bacon Pieces (500g) £1.50
Dairy
1 x Whole Fresh Milk 6 Pints (3.41L) £1.85 or 2 for £3.50 (buy two, freeze one, don’t have to buy one next week) £3.50
1 x Cooks Value Medium Eggs (30) – 10 used £2.98
1 x Lake District Extra Mature Cheddar (400g) – 325g used £2.00
1 x Grana Padano (200g) £2.48
2 x Lard (250g) – 290g used £0.70
Tins, Jars & Cooking
5 x Vegetable Oil (1L) -1245ml used £5.00
1 x Colman’s Mustard Powder (57g) £1.34*
1 x Asda Hot Powder (100g) £0.86 *
1 x Rajah Garam Masala (92g) £1.00 *
1 x Asda Garlic Granules (60g) £0.51 *
2 x Smartprice passata (50g) £0.50
1 x Tomato Puree (142g) – 70g used £0.25
1 x Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (420g) £0.28
1 x smart price malt vinegar £0.13*
Packets & Cereals
1 x Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g) – 400g used £0.32
2 x Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg) – 1760g used £1.04
3 x Leo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g) – 600g used £1.14
1 x Long Grain Rice (1Kg) -400g used £0.48
1 x Thomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g) £0.64
3 x ASDA Bread Flour (1.5Kg) – 3.5 kg used £2.04
! x Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (2Kg) – 315 g used £1.22
1 x Asda Vegtable Stock Cubes (120g) £0.78
1 x Pumpkin Seeds (150g) – 150g used £0.99
1 x Chick Peas (500g) -260g used £0.78
2 x Smartprice Salted Peanuts (200g) £0.96
1 x Ready Oats (750g) – 655 g used £1.32
1 x Smartprice Porridge Oats (1Kg) – 440g used £0.75
2 x Smartprice mixed fruit (500g) – 830g used £1.28
Frozen
1 x Smartprice Peas (907g) – 320g used £0.85
Drinks
1 x Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack – 250g) £0.28
TOTAL COST £45.31

SHOPPING LIST FOR WEEK 2

Usage

Fresh
1 x Brown Onions (2Kg)

£1.18

1 x Carrots (1Kg)

£0.70

1 x White Potatoes (2.5Kg)

£0.97

Dairy
1 x Lard (250g)

£0.35

1 x Lake District Extra Mature Cheddar (400g)

£2.00

Meat, Fish & Poultry
3 xASDA Smartprice Frozen Mince(400g)

£2.70

Packets & Cereals
2 x ASDA Bread Flour (1.5Kg)

£1.36

1 x Smartprice Mixed Dried Fruit (500g)

£0.64

1 x Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)

£0.52

1 x Ready Oats (750g)

£1.32

4 x Leo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)

£1.52

1 x Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)

£0.32

1 x Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

£0.48

Tins, Jars and Cooking
5 x Smartprice passata (500g)

£1.25

1 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)

£0.16

Frozen
1 xASDA Smartprice Peas (907g)

£0.85

Drinks
1 x Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack – 250g)

£0.27

TOTAL COST

£16.84

SHOPPING FOR WEEK 3

Usage

Fresh
1 x Brown Onions (2Kg)

£1.18

1 x Carrots (1Kg) loose

£0.70

2 x White Potatoes (2.5Kg)

£1.94

Dairy
2 x Lard (250g)

£0.70

Meat, Fish & Poultry
1 xASDA Smartprice Frozen Mince (400g)

£0.70

Packets and cereals
3 x ASDA Bread Flour (1.5Kg)

£2.04

2 x Smartprice mixed dried fruit (500g)

£1.28

1 x Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)

£0.52

1 x Ready Oats (750g)

£1.32

3 x Leo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)

£1.14

2 x Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)

£0.64

1 x Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

£0.48

1 x Thomas Allinson Dried Active Yeast (125g)

£0.64

1 x Pumpkin Seeds (150g)

£0.99

1 x Smartprice Porridge Oats (1Kg)

£0.75

2 x Smartprice Salted Peanuts (200g)

£0.96

Tins, Jars and Cooking
5 x Smartprice passata (500g)

£1.25

2 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)

£0.32

1 x Tomato Puree (142g)

£0.25

2 x Smartprice Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (420g)

£0.56

Frozen
1 x Smartprice peas (907g)

£0.85

Drinks
1 x Smartprice Tea Bags (80 per pack – 250g)

£0.27

TOTAL COST

£17.64

SHOPPING FOR WEEK 4

Usage

Fresh
1 x Brown Onions (2Kg)

£1.18

1 x Carrots (900g)loose

£0.63

2 x White Potatoes (2.5Kg)

£1.94

1 x Lemons (7)

£0.71

Dairy
2 x Lard (250g)

£0.70

1 x Whole Fresh Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)

£1.85

Meat, Fish & Poultry
500g ASDA pig liver by weight (100g)

£0.68

Packets and cereals
3 x ASDA Bread Flour (1.5Kg)

£2.04

2 x Smartprice mixed dried fruit (500g)

£1.28

2 x Ready Oats (750g)

£2.64

2 x Leo Dried Peas with Steeping Tablet (250g)

£0.76

1 x Smartprice Pasta Shapes (500g)

£0.32

1 x Long Grain Rice (1Kg)

£0.48

Tins, Jars and Cooking
 5 x Smartprice passata (500g)

£1.25

4 xASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)

£0.64

2x Baked Beans (400g)

£0.56

Frozen
1 xASDA Smartprice Peas (907g)

£0.85

TOTAL COST

£18.28

*Some items on this list differ from the original on the website for example passata instead of chopped tomatoes, brown lentils instead of red, chana dal beans instead of chickpeas and lemon juice instead of lemons. This is due to these products being cheaper now than the original ingredients. These can all be used in the same manner as the original ingredients so there is no need to change your cooking methods.

Posted by: weezl74 | August 18, 2011

loving the CFR risi e bisi?

Approved Food have 12.5kg of marrowfats for £6.99! Stock up now ladies and gents.

CFR are grateful for reader R.H. in N. Yorkshire for this tip.

Posted by: weezl74 | August 6, 2011

rowanberry jelly

500g rowanberries

800g sugar

1. put fruit in big microwaveable bowl, micro for 5mins (650watt) cool and pulverise in your food processor

2. add sugar and stir, micro 12mins

3. check its consistency by either dropping a spoonful into a bowl of ice water or spreading on to a cooled plate if it is still runny after about 20 seconds put it back in for a bit, if it sets then its done!

4. pour into jars

Posted by: weezl74 | August 5, 2011

rosehip syrup

Don’t forget the nutritional gem that is rosehip syrup. It has 20 times more vitamin C than oranges!

1 kilo rosehips, washed and chopped in your food processor

1.75 litres water

boil together for 15 mins then strain through a muslin or jelly bag. Put the strained juice back in a pan, add 750g sugar, and boil for just 2 mins til the sugar dissolves. Bottle or jar.

Posted by: weezl74 | August 5, 2011

apple season’s here!

We were noticing how many apple trees are brimming with fruit right now, so wanted to recommend to our users that the CFR apple curd recipe is delightful made with all types of apple (even windfalls!) an early small apple will need a touch more sugar (maybe 5% more) whereas sweet eating apples like a pink lady or golden delicious will need around 10% less sugar.

Enjoy!

Posted by: weezl74 | July 31, 2011

easy peasy microwave Jam

One of our industrious recipe testers (Thank you S. H.) has shared this fantastically simple family recipe with us. Made with foraged blackberries, this made 2 jars of jam at 14 pence a jar.

1lb fruit

1lb sugar

1. put fruit in big microwaveable bowl, micro for 5mins (650watt)

2. add sugar and stir, micro 12mins

3. check its consistency by either dropping a spoonful into a bowl of ice water or spreading on to a cooled plate if it is still runny after about 20 seconds put it back in for a bit, if it sets then its done!

4. stick in jars

Posted by: weezl74 | July 30, 2011

cheap potatoes for those following our meal planners

At Tesco at the moment you can get a 7.5kg bag of rooster potatoes for £2.49.

 

Watch this space for more CFR planner savings.

Posted by: weezl74 | July 29, 2011

summer pudding

keen fruit foragers may find this summer pudding a helpful thrifty meal

1/2 loaf of CFR bread thinly sliced

approx 1 kilo of foraged fruits

approx 400g sugar (add to taste depending on the sharpness of your fruits)

1) stew fruits until they are soft, in 200 ml of water and the sugar

2) slice the bread and arrange it like a bread and butter pudding (you can line a pudding basin the conventional way if you wish.)

3)pour the stewed fruits over the bread and leave to cool.

makes 12 servings, 2.5p per portion (assuming foraged fruits)

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