Lentils are icky lol. I don't do pulses.
@SuperGranny I used to buy gravy beef, osso bucco/shins, decent mince, chicken thighs or wings/drummets etc - all the 'cheap' cuts of meat, but they all seem to have incresed in price to out of reach for the average family... :/ when I was a kid they used to throw osso bucco away! Now it is 'fashionable' the price has increased heaps. We don't eat sausages and try to avoid processed meats where possible (apart from the odd hock for pea and ham soup).
Ps: I actually bought a whole rib fillet cryovaced from the butcher (Tasmanian grain fed beef) a few months ago. It cost me $130. I got them to slice it into around 200gm steaks. I got 18 (=$7 each) and it was the worst meat DH and I had eaten in years. It was supposed to be a treat... We used it for casseroles.... it literally was useless for anything else.
Even before we cut out meat I was struggling to deal with cheap sausages. I just could not stomach them. Mince I could deal with by cooking it off and draining the fat off and cheaper steak cuts could be turned into stews. Even then I found it cheaper to fill things out with lentils and beans.
Try the cost of chicken 'lovely legs' @grumpybump! I used to do them in a honey soy marinade for the kids, now they are just as expensive as thighs and breasts! At least you can get cheap marinated wings at the deli, but there isnt enough meat for the kids on them and I hate to think what is in their marinade.... too slimy - yuck!
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