No, I’m not going to burst into song, but I have been looking at alternatives to the fruit I spent a fortune on last month.
Raspberries at £1.69, blueberries at 99p to £1.39, strawberries £1.69 to £1.85, and grapes at £1.25, I was buying one of each at least twice a week, sometimes three!
Bananas and dried apricots are not listed on my SW sheet as Hubby enjoys those too, and apples worked out about 50p each as were pears. The last two pears I bought looked lovely but rotted from the inside in the bowl. Guess they’d been frozen in transit then.
My food spreadsheet passed £200 for June, and £58 of that was on my SW fruit sheet.
This month I am cutting right back, and as I can’t eat oranges which are pretty reasonable I suppose at £1.70 for a bag of 8 satsumas, I need something in the fruit bowl or for a fruit salad for dessert.
I like kiwi fruit, but they seem to attract the tiny black flies that drive me mad. I’ve been avoiding buying them though that may change if I can buy them separately.
Nectarines are on special offer at a four pack for 49p in one discounted supermarket and 79p in another. I have to be careful though as some are rock hard, and the others need to be eaten quickly!
I can buy a pack of ‘wonky’ strawberries for a pound, but they are very small, mixed over and under ripe fruit in each, and quite honestly, I’d rather save my money.
Melons vary from £1.39 to £1.79 depending on variety, but one of those would last me at least four days and I can always have a slice for breakfast instead of 4½ syns of cereal.
I did treat myself to some raspberries this week as they were on special offer of £1 and made them last three days.
All very much of a muchness, but I had gingernuts and yoghurt with both, a nectarine with one and apple with the other, plus a sprinkling of granola on one.
I have however come up with a plan that should work and satisfy my sweet tooth as well as my wallet, which is frozen fruit.
For £1.49, I can get 500g of Black Forest fruits which consists of blackcurrants, blackberries, black grapes and black cherries. All of those are considered ‘free’, the currants and berries being speed food, and I can defrost them as I need them. For an extra £1, I can get a full kilo of Summer fruits, which is redcurrants, raspberries, red grapes and strawberries, so three speed foods. It’s doable.
This is today’s dessert, with 1 syn for the yoghurt and another for the granola on top.
More pics will follow on Monday.