Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cut your own meat - save money

Buying pre-cut Bologna like this  may be expensive. Photo:  Glane23
I was given an electric cutting machine by my friend Terje. I have already saved money by  thinly slicing  my own cold cuts, bacon and cheese.

Food manufacturers are cashing in on our busy lives. They offer easy solutions as pre made dinners and sliced, vacuum packed cold cuts and cheese. You may save big money if you buy a whole cheese, or a salami and cut into slices yourself - really big money.

My friend Terje had a steel, cutting machine that just stood idle in his kitchen. When he asked whether I wanted it, I was more than happy. Since then, it has been one piece of kitchen machinery I use quite often, and it saves me a lot of money.

If you buy neatly packed and sliced cheese, meats or cold cuts, you can easily pay 2, 3 and even 4 times as much as if you buy unsliced.

Here are a few examples:
  • Cured ham: If you buy sliced Spanish serrano ham, you may easily have to pay from 400 to 800 NOK (Around 50 to 100 Euros) per kilo, depending on quality. In my local grocery shop, however, I can get a bite of good quality serrano ham priced at NOK 150-175 per kilo, and slice it at home. This means a reduction of price of at least 60%

  • The reduction on sliced cheese may be equally large, if you buy an inexpensive shop brand semi-firm white cheese you may reduce your costs by 50%

  • In Norway you get tinned pork cold cuts as cheap as NOK 35 (EUR 3,50) for 300 grams, i.e. at around one Euro for 100 grams. This is around a 70 % reduction compared to a similar sliced products.
Buying a cutting machine is a great idea if you are a large family. You can slice bread, freeze them down in plastic bags and take up the amount you need and refresh them in a toaster.

You may reduce your house hold costs by buying large amounts of inexpensive food products. Buy a salted and smoked ham, prepare parts of it for dinner, slice cold leftovers thinly for your favourite lunch sandwich.

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