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We try to make Jamie's Money Saving Meals for the same prices
'You might think it's impossible to eat really amazing super tasty food on a budget, but think again,' said Jamie Oliver at the start of his new show, Jamie's Money Saving Meals, which aired on Channel 4 last night.
Using money saving tips, tricks from the restaurant trade and some of 'the most gorgeous recipes ever, that happen to be really cheap' Jamie's pledge is that every single one of us could eat like a king but on a budget.
The average family in the UK throws away £680 of food a year and in his new show, Jamie shows us how to stop binning food and start using it to make delicious meals instead.
Yes, a big joint of beef is pricey, but if you turn the leftovers into a stir fry, you're getting two meals for the price of one – and making the most of your leftovers is the key to making good food cheaply, says Jamie.
'Everyone deserves an incredible roast dinner every week with friends and family but so many of you think you can't afford it. You need to think big and spend a bit of money to save money.'
So did the price of each meal add up? We put Jamie’s recipes to the test by choosing the cheapest possible versions of the ingredients from Sainsbury’s supermarket to find out.
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It's easy to see where the price difference is coming in. In MSN's version they are paying 80p each time for a pinch of herbs, or £1 a time for a spoonful of mustard etc. Jamie is making that classic mistake of thinking everyone is as posh as he is and already has a fully stocked herbs, spices and condiments rack before they start therefore falsely cutting the cost of his meals. The poorest people in our country at the moment probably can't afford to have these things already in their kitchen!
As far as his meals are concerned, no comments about that fact that he buys in bulk and probably gets discount because the product is going to be used on the show!
The first recipe shown "roast beef"; If you go to any good butcher you should pay less than the £14 quoted, also many cuts of good beef are very cheap if you know what you are after.
Still interesting that the Sainsbury prices are double that from the programme.
Where do they get these figures we don't throw away any food.
We buy what we need and eat what we need.
And as for the comments on working try 70 hours a week in a foundry on piece work.
He doesn't know the meaning of the word work.
But I agree a lot of the young today are pathetic wimps.
We have had some come to work and after dinnertime you never see them again.