joints of meat and multiple meals, any tips to share?

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Does anyone have any tips or recipes on how to make a cheap joint of meat last for maybe 3 different meals?

Mainly thinking of pork shoulder or beef brisket. We have a slow cooker so any recipes using that would be good.

Also, are butchers cheaper than supermarkets?

450fromPaddington Tue 01-Jan-13 08:59:18

I had a thread in chat a couple of days ago asking what to do with extra roast beef. You should look it up as the posters came back with a superb range of fantastic ideas!

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 01-Jan-13 10:08:28

The only way to compare cost is to ring the butcher and compare price per kg to the supermarkets website.

You can buy slicing machines like delis have to slice home cooked gammon etc when cold but our electric knife is good for slicing hot chickens or pork loin thinly.

MERLYPUSS Tue 01-Jan-13 10:21:46

If you get a bacon joint cheaply - sometimes £3 per kilo in Aldi/Lidl - cook an slice it is so much cheaper then sandwich meat. Bought precooked and sliced it is somewhere in the region of £10 per kg at least.
We have it hot the first day with peas pudding and dumplings, ham egg and chips, mixed rice etc. Can do a few days on about a fiver.

BoffinMum Tue 01-Jan-13 12:11:14

This is how Wilena Hitching coped with the problem in 1910.

Sunday - Large joint of beef
Monday - Mince some of remains for Cottage Pie
Tuesday - Stew with chopped up remains, onion and carrot, Serve with dumplings.
Thursday - Fish
Friday - Steak and Kidney pudding
Saturday - Live and onions

BoffinMum Tue 01-Jan-13 12:11:23


Helenagrace Tue 01-Jan-13 14:03:52

I've just switched to doing two roasts a week for this very reason.

Today I'm doing roast lamb (NY treat as half price), tomorrow we will have the same meal again. Leftovers should give us two more meals which will be hot lamb pittas with lime and yogurt dressing and lamb pilaff. The lamb for these will go in the freezer until I need it.

On Saturday I am roasting a ham joint. We will have roast ham then and ham and mushroom risotto on Monday. Leftover ham will go in the freezer and give us about twelve sandwich portions and some ham for slow cooker broth. I might possibly get a little extra ham off this joint to put with leftover turkey for a pie.

I find I can often get 5 meals out of a leg of lamb (there are 4 of us) and 4 meals out of a £6-£7 joint if beef or pork. I usually get three meals out of chicken, although one of those would be soup.

Cooked meat works fine in a curry or stir fry, in an open pie with some short crust pastry or in a sauce of some sort. I don't usually serve it up as another roast if it's been frozen as it can go a bit dry.

I think "steaks" of meat and diced meat is a very expensive way to buy meat.

I've got a list on the side of my freezer where I note down what I've got to use up which helps me to use stuff up before it deteriorates from freezer burn.

Lots of replies! Great ideas here!

I was looking at meat prices on asdas website last and the markup on pre cut pieces was astounding.

We have the slow cooker now so buying a large joint would make a lot of sense!

Helenagrace Tue 01-Jan-13 16:00:24

Just recently Sainsburys and Morrisons have had one type of meat on half price from their butchery counters. I've had beef and pork joints for a fiver that have done three meals each!

I've also switched to drumsticks and thighs for chicken casseroles. Tastier and cheaper.

A separate issue but I've also stopped buying packed ham for sandwiches. Asda do 2 small ham joints for £6. I cook them in the slow cooker with a bit of sugar and some marmalade and we have a fortnight a worth if ham sandwiches for 4 of us. Half the price of "naice" ham!

I menu plan weekly. We have roast every Sunday, rotating meats and chicken or whatever is on offer.
I plate up a roast on Monday (although DC eat at childminders) so DH and I have roast two nights running great as I don't get in till DC bedtime.

Then there is always a third meal from the joint.
Chicken supreme or chicken pie or stir fry or chicken wraps
Cott pie, lasagne, beef strips into taco etc.
Lamb pilaff, shep pie,
Not so good with pork I'm afraid, usually leave DH to have it in sandwiches as I don't like it so much.

Then we try to have fish once a week, tinned salmon usually grin

And that's four dinners done!

I do meal plan already but really feel that the larger joints stretched will save even more money! The SC will take some getting used to.

Thighs and drumsticks are a lot tastier to me aswell as being cheaper. I dont really like chicken breasts unless they are off a whole cooked chicken.

We dont have a freezer right now but plan to get one soon so I can batch cook!

BoffinMum Tue 01-Jan-13 18:19:59

Can I add that if you are doing a roast, a cunning wheeze is to fill every corner of the oven with things like crumbles, rice puddings and so on for later in the week. It saves time and fuel.

Helenagrace Tue 01-Jan-13 19:06:57

If you have a slow cooker you could try doing rice pudding in it. It's delish!

MERLYPUSS Tue 01-Jan-13 20:20:55

It depends on how many of you there are in the family too. Here 2 adults and 2 five yr olds.
A very large chicken will go like this
Roast on day one - kids have drum sticks and we have the thighs.
1 chick breast and some wing meat will do a pie with mushrooms and bacon. Use any left over gravy to moisten the chicken (breast is blaaaand)
2nd chick breast will make a curry or stew with loads of veg or lentils.
Boil the carcass and strip it for soup with dumplings or crusty bread. You can throw in some left over rice from yesterday if it was curry day. Reserve some stock.
With the stock make a risotto. I f you have any frozen peas and bacon left over it is really nice.
This can work out about £2/3 a day when you factor in the veg etc.

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:04:46

I do a Roast Chicken (almost) Week probably once a month. I buy as large a chicken as I can afford - usually reduced and always free range/gold ribbon whatever as the meat is very dense so well worth the extra expense as it goes so much further. We are 2 adults and one 3 year old. The week follows roughly this pattern:

Sunday - Roast chicken - I divide one breast between us and spread it out so it looks like there is more meat. If I have some sausagemeat I make patties to pad it out and serve lots of spuds, yorkshire puddings, roast onions and veg. DH has never noticed that we share one chicken breast !!
Monday - Chicken, Mushroom and Sweetcorn Pie with the other breast made with sainsbos frozen mushrooms and frozen sweetcorn. I make shortcrust pastry for the top and make a gravy sauce
Tuesday - Oriental Soup with veggie oddments, noodles and the meat taken off the carcas
Wednesday - pasta dish involving tinned tomatoes, herbs, onions, maybe a handful of frozen roasted vegetables (waitrose) and the meat off the legs
Thursday - Chicken rissoles with the wing/thigh/remaining leg meat
Friday - Boil up the carcass and make a thick broth with pearl barley, the meat that comes off the carcass, finely diced carrot and suet dumplings

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:05:37

Great idea Boffin Mum about the crumbles/pies etc. going to nick it smile

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:08:31

Another good tip for using up odds and sods of meat leftovers is special fried rice. We stick all sorts of stuff in it, it's one of our fave dinners and such a good way of using up leftovers.

bamboostalks Tue 01-Jan-13 22:12:49

Share a chicken breast! Wow. Just wow. I eat both wings (cook's treat) and a leg. Easy. I don't really like big chickens though. I don't feel they have the same flavour. But then I can easily eat half a chicken in nandos. I am a pig and not good at economical cooking. I am in awe of a chicken lasting a week. One night only here. Sometimes I even cook two chickens if there are more than 4 people.

We are trying to cut back on carbs so sharing a chicken breast and bulking it out with spuds isnt going to help grin

Though the breasts on large chickens can be really huge! I couldnt eat a whole one

Our family is DP, me and 4 yo DD1. DD2 is still ff. DD1 dislikes most meat. Its very rare she will eat any.

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:34:37

bamboo - trust me, with me at a size 20 and DH in a 40" trouser, we don't exactly starve ourselves.....

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:36:14

The thing is that the chickens you get in places like nandos/rotisserie counter really don't have much flavour - which is why you feel you need to eat more. A bit like the idea that you can eat a bar of dairy milk and not feel as if you have tasted chocolate but eat a square of 70% and get that chocolate hit

OhDearNigel Tue 01-Jan-13 22:38:47

wannabe, what about bulking it out with roasted vegetables instead ? Or you can always pick up chipolatas on the reduced counter - you could bulk your chicken out with pigs in blankets [num num]

I love veg but DP is a man child doesnt. So I tend to not bother. But Im starting to again because I miss veg!

Pigs in blankets are a good idea!

TheFallenNinja Wed 02-Jan-13 00:39:01

I'm considering buying half a cow for the chest freezer.

OhDearNigel Wed 02-Jan-13 00:43:53

wannabe, would he eat disguised veg like cauliflower cheese ?

Nope. Nothing. His veg eating extends to bigga peas hmm

If theres tiny lumps of onion in something he will be bringing them back up for hours after.

nkf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:07:13

This is a very useful thread. It sort of shows how the supermarkets have conned us into buying the small pricey cuts. A leg of lamb looks very expensive but actually price per meal it's better than diced lamb.

nkf Wed 02-Jan-13 10:10:24

Pork shoulder (currently costing about £6 - £7 in Sainsburys) easily makes two large meals. Cook in slow cooker. Eat half as one meal. Freeze the other half.

The mark up on diced stewing beef is crazy. Its something like £10 per kilo when you could buy cheap steak and dice it yourself for maybe £5-6 a kilo.

Half a cow might not be a bad idea.

stressedHEmum Thu 03-Jan-13 10:43:40

I quite often do this sort of thing as it's the only way that I can afford meat. I tend to freeze the cooked meat, though and make 1 or 2 meals a week rather than use it all up at once. That way the kids think that they are getting meat regularly while still fitting in to my budget.

Cook a large ham joint - the kids like it done in cherry cola - and divide into four portions (save any scraps that fall off separately).

meal 1 - ham with potatoes and veg of choice
meal 2 - ham, egg and leek pasta
meal 3 - cheese, ham and potato pasties with salad and coleslaw
meal 4 - jacket potatoes with creamed ham and veg (creamed ham is just shredded ham mixed into a white sauce flavoured with onion and mustard and heated through.)
meal 5 - all the saved little scraps can be made into pea and ham soup with onions, carrots and some leek if you have any left from the pasta.

Other easy meals from cooked ham -

ham and egg bake - cubed bread, cooked ham, eggs beaten into milk, cheese
ham and veg pie
ham and onion potato bake
ham and bean soup
savoury rice

Cook a leg of lamb

meal 1 - roast lamb with whatever
meal 2 - hedgehogs - 8oz cooked lamb mixed with 2lb cooked and mashed veg. I use 1lb mashed potatoes mixed with mashed carrot, swede and onion. Add a couple of spoonfuls of pickle/chutney/ketchup, salt, pepper and some parsley. Shape mix into croquettes and roll in porridge oats. Bake until crisp. Serve with cabbage or other green stuff
meal 3 - barley mince. Cook 4oz of pearl barley in suitable flavoured stock with a couple of carrots, a chopped onion and some herbs of choice. When it's done, strain of any stock and reserve; add about 6-8oz very finely chopped cooked lamb (or any other kind of meat). Take your reserved stock and make it up to about 1/2 -3/4 pint add back in and thicken with a cornflour paste. Season well. Serve with potatoes and something green
meal 4 - stovies. You only need a little meat for this
meal 5 - make stock with the bone and make barley broth with carrots, onions, leeks, swede, barley and any wee scraps that were left on the bone.

Pork - roast a large pork joint and divide into 4

meal 1 - pork with whatever
meal 2 - pulled pork sandwiches
meal 3 - pork and beans
meal 4 - pork and apple fritters or savoury rice or puff pastry pies

Brilliant post stressed.

I bought a pork leg joint yesterday in asda, £3 per kilo. My Slow cooker is getting its first use today!

We are having pulled pork wraps tonight, pork and sweetcorn pasta bake tomorrow and pork with spuds for DP and ratatouille for me on sat night. Im hoping to get a soup out of it too!

AdoraBell Fri 04-Jan-13 02:12:14


I can't add anything more useful but make sure the DCs eat veg with you. If the man child DP doesn't eat them that's his problem prerogative, but you and DCs deserve a properly balanced diet. And something I did with my DDs when they started on "I don't like peas/whichever veg" I told them if they drop one veg from their diet they must replace it with a new one of their choice. Also, a veggie friend has a mantra- a meal is not complete without something green- hope you enjoy your pork.

Thanks Adora.

DD1 loves veg and fruit. If DD2 is to be the same we are going to have to get out of this rut we are in.

Once I am back to the kitchen there will be a lot more veg.

stressedHEmum Fri 04-Jan-13 11:30:31

Wannabe, my DH is the same. the only veg that he will eat are baked beans, brussel sprouts and pickled beetroot. He will occasionally eat onion rings or raw onion in a cheese sandwich but that's the limit. It really annoys me, tbh. He mostly won't eat family meals, either, because he doesn't like mince, chicken except breast fillet, pork except fillet. beef except a nice steak, fish except particular styles of salmon fillet, creamy/cheesy sauces....he eats penne but not macaroni, spaghetti but not linguine... he won't eat homemade soup except minestrone.... The list just goes on. he lives on ready made curry, Linda McCartney sausages (only ones he'll eat), cheese and onion pasties and pasta with Lloyd Grossman or Dress tomato and chilli pasta sauce, all accompanied by oven chips and either beans or beetroot.

I just cook proper meals for the rest of us and then make him his rubbish. We could be doing without it, though. It probably costs as much for his meals as it does for the rest of the family added together.

Hope you enjoyed your pulled pork, the children love it in here.

We got a nice large piece of ham from Tesco just before Christmas (it was half price - roughly £4 per kilo I think). Cooked it last weekend, and since then we have had it in so many guises - fed 8 of us simply sliced with jacket and veg/salad, obviously then as sandwich filling, last night with rosti and eggs (oh yum), and there is loads left over for this weekend for lunch/toasted sandwiches and to add to other dishes such as pasta, risotto, or whatever. Fantastic value and very varied. Not something I had done before but I am really looking forward to doing another one sometime soon.

Just seen stressed's Ham Roast Leftover Extravaganza Post!!!! <takes off hat and bows>

Thanks - given me loads more ideas for my next very large ham joint when the price is reduced again!!!!

stressed DP isnt quite that bad thank goodness. But veg is a no go. Carrots are devils food. If something is even in the same room as carrots DP can tell and wont eat it.

Pork is only on today, due to being busy yesterday. So the house is starting to smell yummy!

Fillybuster Fri 04-Jan-13 14:00:11

Some great ideas on here.

We eat a lot (and I mean a lot!) of veg/fish in our house, and not much meat, but do tend to have a roast chicken once a week. A large one doesn't go far between 6 but I've found that if I strip all the really teeny tiny bits of meat off the carcass (the type you don't normally bother with) and keep them in a bag in the freezer, adding to it each time, then after 3-4 birds we have enough bits to make a whole batch of chicken pies.

It sounds mean, but puff pastry is pretty cheap, and so the scrappy bits go a very long way when mixed with onion, mushroom, stock and flour, so I can make 10-12 individual pies.

Lamb scrag is dead cheap too (and my butcher will sometimes chuck some meaty lamb bones in the bag for free)...i make a fab morroccany 'lamb stew' full of chickpeas, sweet potatoes, onions etc using cinnamon sticks, cardammon pods, allspice, cumin etc for flavour which has almost no meat in it, but tastes lamb-y and the chickpeas provide lots of protein.

Andro Fri 04-Jan-13 14:59:09

Brisket is a very, very tasty joint - and even better quality for less money if you have a farm shop near by (true of most joints).

Meal 1:
Cook the brisket with garlic, ground pepper and 1 or 2 stock cubes (depending on joint size) for 3.5 - 5 hours @ 130 degrees (fan oven) or however long your slow cooker manual suggests.

Serve with veg and potatoes, make some of the stock into gravy.

*possible lunch
Cold brisket makes lovely sandwiches

Meal 2
*Chop up some leftover brisket and put on one side
cut up some onion and carrots and saute to colour lightly
add peas/celery/whatever other veg you like (cubes of potato makes a heartier meal)
simmer in stock until veg are tender**
Add the brisket and simmer for ~ 10 minutes to ensure the meat is piping hot
Serve with chunks of bread

Meal 3
If a larger amount of the mix between * and ** is made, some of this can be taken out and left to cool thoroughly. stir in cubes of meat (whilst cold) and freeze in individual portions for pies

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 16:25:13

I've heard of brisket but never actually seen it in the supermarket? Does it have another name?

notapizzaeater Fri 04-Jan-13 16:40:52

We have rubber chicken here

Sunday roast (make double of everything) so we have exactly same meal next day.

Tues - strip meat and add to pasta or if enough make into coronation chicken with rice and serve with salad

Wednesday/thursday make huge pot of soup with chunky potatoes and pasta (chuck in any left overs - dead veg from bottom of fridge) and have this over 2 nights .....

notapizzaeater Fri 04-Jan-13 16:45:55

Also batch cook mince sauce in my slow cooker - make a huge batch of mince, galic, toms, peppers, red lentils and onions - freeze in portions and use or anything - Bol sauce, add veg - shepherds pie, add chilli and kidney beans chilli, minestrone soup etc etc

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 16:51:02

I do the mince thing too. Always useful to have some in the freezer.

Andro Fri 04-Jan-13 17:10:24

nkf: It doesn't have another name that I'm aware of. If you ask at the butchers counter in the supermarket they should be able to advise you if it's available.

nkf Fri 04-Jan-13 17:23:38

To use up leftover chicken and to have a sort of spicy Asian kick to it.
But...without having to buy galangal or however it's spelled. So that it's store cupboard simple.

I am thinking chilli maybe. Ginger. Garlic. What else? And how to do I get that thin but tasty broth?

Do you know the sort of thing I mean Often comes in a big bowl with noodles.

pizza can I have your recipe for the coronation chicken?

notapizzaeater Fri 04-Jan-13 19:06:12

I cook some rice and cool it - add chopped chicken, some sultanas (if apples/mangos in add them), mayo and curry paste or powder to taste - if having jackets or sandwiches with it I didn't add rice.

TheArmadillo Fri 04-Jan-13 20:08:00

I got a 2kg lean gammon for £10 in coop today. there is me, dh and dc aged 8 & 2. for a main meal I need 300g (100g for each adult and a 70/30 split for the kids).

so out of that gammon I use the spare 200g for 5 days worth of ham and split pea soup for me (will feed me for 5 days at work)'.

600g will be split in 2 and go in the freezer as there is only so many time I can eat gammon in one week.

for the other 4 meals we have
1) pan haggety (potato bake with onions and cheese) with gammon, broccoli and peas

2) gammon, cider and mustard pie served with peas and broccoli

3) gammon, egg, chips and beans

4) gammon with Cajun wedges, and a cross between a salsa and salad of pineapple/sweet corn/red onion/parsley/chilli topped with lime juice.

I also buy big bags of bacon offcuts either from the butchers or supermarket - sainsburys do 650g for about £2. I use 300g to make a lasagne using it in place of the mince. I only put a thin layer of cheese sauce on top and just layer bacon-tomato sauce/veg/pasta for the rest to save on calories. I make the cheese sauce from semi- skimmed milk thickened with cornflour and a little strong grated cheese. I add an extra layer of veg - could be spinach/courgette/peppers/aubergine. I only need 125g pasta sheets (1/4 box) for the four of us.

also 150g of the bacon plus a cabbage and stock makes 5 days worth of soup for me. the rest goes in pasta and tomato sauce for all of us (1 meals worth).

I find roast chicken goes a lot further if I bulk out the first meal with sausagemeat stuffing. my lot don't like skin or bones in their meat, so I cook whole chicken legs (I.e. the thighs and legs, approx £2 in sainsburys) in the slow cooker and then remove the meat and use in curry or similar. none of us really like the texture/flavour of dark chicken meat so I do it diced and in a strong sauce.

I cooked the pork yesterday. It was lovely last night in tortillas with BBQ sauce. Still loads left!

I left the cooking juice in the SC. Can I use it? If I scrape the fat off? How could I use it?

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