My Dad was a meat and two veg kind of guy. So was FIL come to think of it.
Eventually though, the sunday joint of beef was beyond Mum’s purse unless for a very special occasion and we turned to chicken but still had all the traditional trimmings of yorkshire puds, stuffing, roast potatoes and the like.
Hubby and I have reduced our meat intake considerably in recent years mainly because it got too expensive. Most supermarkets did 3 trays of meat for a tenner, and this would be the bulk of our monthly stock for the freezer. I would usually buy a tray of 5 chicken breasts, 6 chops, and a dozen sausages for my £10, plus a kilo of minced beef, all of which were divided up into ‘dinners’ and frozen down accordingly.
I didn’t have a freezer on the boat, so the £10 offer didn’t come into play and I would have to buy any meat as and when I wanted it. This actually made it quite expensive when you consider that 2 chicken breasts would set me back around £2.50 – £3.
A pack of bacon would last us two or three days, sausages were usually a pack of six which we would have between the three of us, and as I did all my cooking on the hob, chicken or pork chops were put in stir frys, sweet and sour or curries.
We kicked buying sausages into touch a long time ago though as they shrank to nothing and didn’t taste of much more. Bacon was the same as was the gammon steaks I used to buy, but I might purchase a 400g pack of ham pieces as they were good for sandwiches, a cooked breakfast or omelettes.
Here I have my freezer back, though the £10 offers are lousy and scant portion sizes, so I opt for spending a little more each month and getting a tray of 6 chicken breasts, 6 chops and 1 kilo of 5% fat minced beef for an outlay of around £14. That will actually give us 14 to 17 meals depending on if we have a roast chop dinner (one each) or a sweet and sour dish using one chop only.
We stopped having meat in our stews three winters ago, and now Hubby can eat cod again, I buy 2 boxes of 4 breaded cod steaks, so that’s another 4 meals for us for just over £4.
Our wondrous government have now come up with this (source), a proposed 20% tax on red meat and a 110% tax on processed meats.
I have nothing against vegetarians or vegans, but to tax meat eaters?
And you can guarantee that when that takes off, other meat such as chicken and turkey (the price of which will already have rocketed as shoppers opt for them as alternatives as my Mum did all those years ago) will also be taxed.
Processed meats will include our sliced hams and gammons, minced beef (regardless of fat content), chops, pies, burgers, sausages, kebabs, hot dogs, even meat topped pizzas.
Just think what it is actually going to do to farmers reliant on cattle/sheep/pigs/poultry for their livelihood?
Less demand for meat, fewer animals and fowl required. No cows, where do we get our milk? No chickens, where do we get our eggs? The knock on effect is endless.
I shall continue to shop as I do for meat, but buy less or make it go further by either packing it out with extra veg or reducing our portion sizes. Again.
I envisage though that all of our food, regardless of what it is, where it comes from, or how it is processed, will all be subject to tax.
Let’s face it, they got away with the Sugar Tax.
There will be a lot of households already overstretched trying to make ends meet now that cross the poverty line should this come into effect.