Blood Red Tax

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.

kitchen on the boat 2014

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.

Rant over.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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27 Responses to Blood Red Tax

  1. colinandray says:

    We have decreased our meat consumption to close to nothing, simply because of the now public practice of injecting the animals with various chemicals including growth hormones. I cannot help but think that growth hormones in our food supply, and cancer, may have a connection! Buying supposedly “naturally raised” animals comes at a significant cost. I guess that’s the world we live in!

    • I agree with you Colin. Insecticides, pesticides and heaven knows what else being sprayed on our crops is worrying, so you’re caught with veg too. One of the covenants on the property is keeping dometic pets only, so no chickens either.

  2. Wow. Things aren’t better across the pond (here), but at least it’s not as bad as that. My goodness!! You’ve just given me a reason why I’m glad to be in America, and those are very few and far between these days. Thank you for that. Sorry about your situation, but may I say you’re GREAT at meal planning and budgeting!

  3. Wow. We get taxed for just about everything here in New York State, but so far (knock on wood) there’s no tax on red meat. Not that it would affect us much as we stopped eating red meats several years ago for digestive reasons. Still, you have to wonder what will be next. Perhaps a tax on breathing?

  4. iScriblr says:

    Greeeeeeedy greedy!

  5. SueW says:

    I can understand the government’s attempts to get people to cut down on red meat consumption, it’s similar to the tax on surgery drinks and eventually our health will benefit, but this tax is another example of how out of touch they are with the people. The tax will hit those who can least afford to buy red meat.

    I probably buy far too much, but these days I compensate by eating smaller portions of it, and I often cook in bulk and freeze meals for those days when I’m far too busy to cook (lazy).

    • I stock my freezer with meat once a month. I get five ‘meals’ out of a kilo of minced beef, so that’s 200g per meal/100g each, but we only have one such meal a week as a rule. Chops can be a ‘roast’ or with rice in a pineapple and ginger sauce I make, and chicken is curry or again pineapple and ginger. We have fish once a week/10 days, but in the winter three of our days are vegetable based stew/stewp/soup. We don’t have bacon, sausages or burgers, and I’ve stopped buying processed meats for sandwiches as they give both of us reflux.

      • SueW says:

        Your sauce sounds delicious. I am a chicken fan, love it with jacket potato, salad and a ton of pickles! Also Enjoy it in a homemade chilli sauce in a wrap with salad. Like you I prefer my fish packet bought in breadcrumbs and cooked in the oven. My son and I have been making slimming world chips using light fry and cooking in the oven.

      • I buy the wedges, and 12 equates to the 100g allowed for syn value. My ginger and pineapple sauce is easy to make, using the natural juice from the tin, a little cornflour to thicken, soy sauce, 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar, half a teaspoon of ginger (these ingredients to suit your personal taste) and a chicken stock cube. When it’s nice and bubbling, I add the chopped pineapple and chicken, or of course you can pour the sauce over the chicken if you’re having the breast whole with a jacket potato and some veg. I worked out the syns and using a whole tin of 8 pineapple slices in natural juice it wasn’t very high as it serves four. Sorry but I can’t remember how many now.

      • SueW says:

        Thank you so much for the recipe 🙂

      • I used to add vinegar for a true sweet and sour, but with the reflux problems, I cut it out. It actually tastes better and you can tweak it to suit your own palette. I add some red and green peppers to add some colour and pack it out. Would suggest NOT to use mushrooms though as they turn everything black and it doesn’t look very appealing!

      • SueW says:

        Thank you Di I shall have a go at this

  6. atticsister says:

    Rant Away… friend. I cannot believe that a government would tax something as necessary as meat. Here in the Midwestern US most states have little or no tax on groceries but tax heavily on luxury items like liquor, gasoline, hotel rooms, cigarettes, and of course real estate. So, I guess they’ll get you one way or another.

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