Friday 17 November 2017

A Meatier Than Usual Post

This week for the first time ever I ordered from Musclefood.  My son has used them a couple of times but I had always resisted temptation.  But now with not a lot of meat left in the freezer for my lovely hubby I decided to stock up in time for Christmas with the idea that this would form the major part of his Christmas dinner and keep him well supplied into the New Year.

I chose an offer that I picked up off a Facebook frugal foods page, which gave me 2.5kg of chicken breasts, with a 'hamper' of various mixed meats that were worth £19.55 but which were the 'free' offer, and then another 2.5 kg of chicken for £12.

It was delivered on time by courier in a chilled box yesterday and after it spent a night in the workshop, which is as cold as a fridge overnight, we set to this morning to get it all ready for the freezer.

I was surprised at the size of the chicken breasts, so I got out the scales and weighed them.  Not bad at all, they were well over 200g each.  Which means that following NHS guidelines there is more than enough in each one for two adults to have as part of a meal.

With Alan doing all the meat handling and me doing the wrapping it was all portioned out and ready for the freezer in no time.  The chicken breasts were wrapped individually and then put into boxes to avoid freezer burn, the sausages were snipped apart and wrapped with a layer of EasyLeave between but everything else was just checked for a level of separation and then popped into the freezer as  they were.

I was wondering how to work out the costings for each item at first, then Alan suggested to simply count the portions we would use for a meal.

So we counted :

24 chicken breasts x one meal each
1 x mince meal
2 x meatball meals
2 x steak burger meals
1 x sweet chilli chicken meal (these seem quite small)
2 x sausage meals
2 x chicken breast meals

So a grand total of 34 meals, which if I divide that by the total amount the order cost me to have sent (including delivery), would make the meat part of each meal £1.08. 

But after seeing the size of the breasts we now think that most of them will be used for two meals if it's something like curry, casserole, stew etc.  If they are to be the 'star' of the show, sliced meat for sandwiches, a large roast dinner etc, then they might be used for just one meal.  So counting three quarters of them as two meals, and using the mince for two instead of our original thought of one meal (it's very tightly packed, not loose like you get from a supermarket or the butcher, so seemed small, but after checking the weight it does weigh in at over 200g), we now have a working total of 55 meals.

Yes that's fifty five meals!!

Which brings our cost for the meat part of any meal down to 67p.


I know it's not very often that you get a 'meaty post' from me, but living with a meat eater is my life and something I can't change, so it means that we just make the best of things, and one of the things I am good at is saving money with food .... but I am glad I had Alan to help with the handling of all this well packed meat, otherwise I think a thick pair of rubber gloves would have been called into play   :-)

If you would like to have a look at the Musclefood site for yourself and see all the bargains there you can use this link to get you there:   MUSCLEFOOD

If you do decide to buy anything while you're there use my referral code ... which is SH731226 ... and you will get an extra freebie that can be chosen from one of four items ... and being totally honest I will get a 500 point referral fee.  I have also added a link to the sidebar for while so you don't have to keep coming back and finding this post.  Just click on that and you will have access to the site and my code.

Have you used this site before, what did you think of it?

  We were very pleasantly surprised and wondered why we hadn't taken the plunge before.  One thing for sure is that we will be ordering again in a few months when the 55 meals have been eaten and there is some more space in the freezer.

Sue xx


  1. I had heard about them before from somewhere, seems a very good bargain.

  2. Looking at their website made me realise how little meat we eat nowadays - there's just nothing as good as our own meat used to be.So no lamb, no beef and only local chicken and pork things from the Co-op.

    1. We are lucky to have quite a few independent butchers in our town. Our particular butcher has his own herd of cows and flock of sheep. His chicken is free range and we have a goose booked for Christmas. Nothing similar where you are?

  3. I might look into trying I have heard good things. I spy your hubby looking in that box.

  4. WOW ! This is a great idea.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. I am not a great meat eater Sue so this does not appeal to me, but nevertheless it does seem to be a great deal.

  6. I don’t eat meat but my husband does, so I know how that works, too. I’m in the US. We have something called Zaycon, I think. We can’t get it where we are. (Middle of nowhere...) Your deal looks like a winner, though. Debbie

  7. My granddaughter has just ordered from Musclefood. I have never heard of them before today and now you have given me an insight into why GD has used them.

  8. Wow, what lovely bargains. You really managed to cut down the meat costs.

    God bless.

  9. I know a number of female vegetarians who have decided to go veggie after getting married. In each case, their attitude has been "I do the cooking around here and I don't want to eat meat anymore, so you'll have to go veggie too". In other words, they have effectively forced their husbands to be veggie too, whether they wanted to be or not, and I've always felt that was rather selfish. So, Sue, I am impressed that you respect your husband's wish to continue eating meat even though it's not your choice. Pam

    1. They can always shop and cook for themselves of course!

  10. Well done! This makes me think of how some people will buy a quarter, or half a beef, or pig with a variety of cuts, etc., but I've never heard of chicken products done this way. -Jenn


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