Sunday, November 6, 2011

Calculating meat costs per serving

As the price of food continues to rise (and my income is not) I am being forced to re-evaluate my weekly menu and shopping list.

We've cut way back on carbs which means that I'm not able to fall back on homemade breads, tortillas or pastas to stretch my meals. Our main meals consist of meat, vegetables and limited fruits. Thankfully I can make homemade soups during the winter to stretch my meat budget. I've been collecting vegetable soup recipes that work great for lunch. I am also focusing on recipes that use small amounts of meat and focus more on the veggies.

I found this 'cost per serving' meat calculator fascinating (I know, I know.. I live a boring life! *S*). When you put in the cut of meat and the price per pound it will tell you how many servings you'll get per pound. I just bought some skinless chicken breasts (all natural) for $2 a pound. The calculator told me I could get 4 servings per pound according to US governement standards. I want to take the information  from this calculator and use it with my recipes to see if my portion sizes are correct to get the greatest servings per recipe.

Calculate Cost Per Serving

I hope this can help you, too!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this internet site..... I'll be checking it out!!
    I'm shocked each time I go grocery shopping... the prices are so high!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I think this would work for me but my room mate pays absolutely no attention to "serving sizes"! Things that should last for several meals are lucky to make it for one meal and a snack if lucky.

    I commend you on your efforts to save money and I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks that prices have really skyrocketed in the last year or so. I thought I was "seeing" things.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I came to the relization lately that vegs. are the cheapest thing I buy and I've decided if I concentrate on more of those it would mean less of the expensive stuff. It sounds like you are doing great on your diet. I'll have to check out this link, sounds interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very much enjoy your 'boring' life. I wonder if you might ever write on ways to encourage younger women to look at their budgets and cook and price out meals. I'm feeling a need to 'help' the younger generation but its so hard to do--don't want to meddle, but I can see so much more than they can at their ages. :) Help! consider that a request dear friend. :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Added this site to my favorites. Thanks for sharing it. As for the vinegar chicken recipe, by all means leave the sausage out. It won't change the flavor at all.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Amazingly, boneless, skinless, chicken breasts are the cheapest cut of meat I buy. It is $1.90/lb at Costco. For a while, I bought whole chickens, for $.99/lb, thinking I was saving money. One day, I decided to pick all the meat off, and weigh it. It was just over a pound, and I paid $4.99 for that bird! Not a savings, at all! I will still buy them, on occasion, but not thinking it is thrifty. Like you, I much rather be home, cook from scratch, and do without, than work outside the home. It has been a blessing.

    ReplyDelete