British mum the Duchess of Thrift (@DuchessofThrift) showed how she cooks dinner for a family of six for just £3, or 50 pence per meal. The smart money-saving mum has 27,000 followers on TikTok, where she amassed 200,000 likes on her app.
The content creator has pledged to buy nothing new in 2022 and shares her energy and money saving tips.
This nifty recipe is an inexpensive way to feed a family using mostly items you probably already have in your cupboards.
“I’m using leftovers again,” the mother-of-four said, showing her followers the food she’ll be using for the meal.
Explaining how she ignores dates on food to save money and beat rising food prices, the mum said: “I give the kids expired food. I wouldn’t give them expired food if it had to hurt them, but I have cherry tomatoes here.
“You can see the date is September 25 and they’re still solid. They’re not getting mushy. Why would I throw them away? That would be madness.”
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The mother prepares the meal with chilli, chorizo, passata, macaroni and garlic.
She said, “I’m just going to make a pasta dish with this.”
Duchess of Thrift’s chorizo was £2, while macaroni was 50p.
The content creator said: “Pennies, absolute pennies. It probably cost around £3 to make, this meal.”
She boiled the pasta and put the chorizo, chilli and garlic in a pan and fried it. She then chopped the tomatoes.
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The money saver added: “(The tomatoes) weren’t even ripe. Throwing them away just because of this date is wasteful.”
The mother also skipped a pre-made pasta sauce to make the meal less expensive.
“Instead of a store-bought sauce, I’m just going to put some of this passata on because it’s pennies to buy,” she explained.
“Store bought sauce was £2.50 for one of them. It was absolutely insane. It’s a lot cheaper.”
She puts in the tomatoes and heats them up, then adds it to the pasta with the passata.
“Here he is,” she said. “A dinner that would feed around six people – there are a lot of them – for £3 using leftovers, stale bits and bits that were in the cupboard.”
Commentators were quick to agree that home cooks should ignore food dates when it comes to safe foods.
“Always use your nose and common sense! Don’t pay attention to dates unless they are meat,” said one.
Another wrote: “I’m really paranoid about food but when it comes to fruits and veggies I just skip them, they usually last a lot longer.”
“I do the sniff test and if it smells good and looks good I will eat it,” one wrote.
Another added: ‘So happy that supermarkets are taking dates out of fruit and veg. So many people are throwing away perfectly good food.’