Monday, 23 June 2008

Three cheers for chipolatas!

Frantically trying to finish the book before I go away so just a quick tip. Buy chipolatas instead of standard-sized sausages and buy them loose so you can calculate exactly how many you need.

Last week, on the infamous Waitrose expedition I'm still trying to justify, I bought four decent-sized lamb and herb chipolatas for £1.22 which we had with couscous forked through with stir-fried grated courgette and a green salad. They weren't particularly nice with that unpleasant flavour of dried mint but that's another issue. (Far better to stick to plain ones)

For some reason you feel that you're getting more for your money with chipolatas than with bigger sausages even though they're thinner. They're better for children. And they're also much quicker to cook . . .

For more money-saving tips on meat take a look at the post I've just put up on Beyond Baked Beans.


Kay Sexton said...

Hurrah for somebody else who thinks like me! Hubby insists on 'four sausages' when we have sausage and onion mash - but he's never yet spotted the difference between four chipolatas and four full sized sausages. I have, it's over a £1.00 a serving and the other plus is that I can get more vegetables on the plate to mitigate his carnivorous instincts by boosting his 'five a day'.

Fiona Beckett said...

Yes, it's funny the psychological impact of the way you present food isn't it? Most blokes would think two sausages were decidedly mean but are perfectly happy with four even though the overall weight is the same!