Looking Back At Last Year
At the time of New Year it is always a good opportunity to look back over the year and pick out some highlights. Of course this year’s Food news has had a lot of emphasis on the cost of living, rising prices and food banks. It is becoming increasingly necessary for people to watch their food spending and keep within a budget
Extreme Couponing Extraordinaire
First – some good news! I was very heartened to see the news about the Teenager who managed to use vouchers and offers to get £600 of food for 4p! Shows what can be done. Plus he then gave all this food away. A double good news story! He is planning a website to help others make good use of coupons too!
And here he is being interviewed on the BBC
And here is a link to his Facebook page. A useful page to follow if you want to cut your food bill in 2014
If you are on a budget you might also like to read about the best Frugal Blogs to follow for 2014
Perhaps the most shocking food news of the year was the horsemeat scandal when it was discovered that many burgers and processed ‘beef’ products had more than a trace of horsemeat in them. People were horrified at the thought they may have unwittingly have eaten horse, but even more were concerned that this clearly has a wider implication that we cannot trust what the manufacturers are putting in ready meals.
If horsemeat can enter without them knowing – what else might be there? Here is a report form Channel 4 News
Surely this is a wake up call to buy your food as close to source as possible using local suppliers and to cook your meals from scratch. It did affect the sales of ready meals for a while and boosted local butchers but I am unsure whether this has been a lasting impact
It also sparked off lots of great jokes and humour and small, independent butchers were seen to use the opportunity to market their meat! I loved the sign that said ‘My sausages have won many awards = but never for a race!’
Families spending less on Fresh food
This was a disheartening story – especially when fresh vegetables are not expensive – and combined with a low cost protein such as lentils or pulses. can result in a low cost and very nutritious meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are much more expensive in supermarkets than in local greengrocers. Eggs too. Many people do not have local shops that are easy to access, however, unfortunately
Another strong theme of 2013 was the level of food that households waste on a weekly basis. This esepcially when budgets are restricted. Households would save a lot of money. Overbuying because of supermarket offers is one cause, over zealous observance of use by dates and lack of meal planning are all to blame, I suspect – and simply busy lives when things change on a daily basis makes it difficut to predict food needs.
Using up food in soups and stews would no doubt also help.
What food stories of 2013 did you find interesting?