30 days without supermarkets #21: bye bye chicken breasts

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I’m quite unnerved by the amount of money I’m saving by not shopping at Sainsburys, or rather by the amount that I would throw at them without a thought to what I actually liked or wanted. I’m building up a mental list of foods that I have completely forgotten about since I started my no-supermarket challenge.  Smoked salmon, asparagus, raspberries, Danone yoghurts, mini corn on the cob, tenderstem broccoli and chicken breasts.

  • Most of those I wouldn’t get that often, except for chicken breasts which were hardly out of the fridge from one week to the next. I’ve now  realised that despite that list being worth over £20,  I don’t really like any of the things on it enough to seek them out, not even – in fact, especially not – chicken breasts.

Nigel Slater wrote somewhere that he could happily throw the breast of a chicken away and use the rest, as it’s such a dull, tasteless and unrewarding thing to cook. Yet I had begun to think that a packet of 4 chicken breasts was a kitchen staple.  Since they cost around £5 pounds a packet, just think what else you could eat if you just took them out of the equation for a week.

 


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