One of the tips that you always hear in articles about reducing food costs is the tip to go vegetarian. It is certainly true that in-season fresh produce is typically less expensive than meat products and packaged foods. However, not everyone wants to live on a vegetarian diet. So how can you eat your meat and afford it too? Choosing cheaper cuts of meat is a smart way to go.
Here are five cheap meat options for frugal cooks:
- Chicken Hearts. Grill them or boil them in sauce for a tasty treat that doesn’t stretch your budget. Chicken gizzards are also inexpensive and there are many recipes that work the gizzards and hearts into the same meal.
- Tri-Tip. If you wish that you could afford a great steak but it’s just not in the budget then you might want to use tri-tip as an alternative.
- Pig’s Head. Financial Times recently reported that if you get a pig’s head from your butcher “you an spend an extremely happy day concocting delicious, uncuous, jellified brawn. It will cost you somewhere in the region of £5 to make four loaf-tins-worth, which will generously feed about 60 people.”
- Lamb Fries. Don’t let the name fool you. This affordable cut of meat means that you are eating testicles, always a cheap part of the animal. Bread and fry them for an entree or a side dish.
- Oxtails. This tough cut of meat is rich in taste and works well in stews and many other recipes. It is available widely in most grocery stores and butcher shops and is one of the most affordable common meat cuts.
Have you seen our 15 Tips for Saving Money on Meat Dishes?