Thursday, 15 December 2016

Christmas dinner for £10...........unless................

.........................you are 'sniffy' about frozen food.

I had never in my life bought frozen roast potatoes until this year. After all, why would I, we were self-sufficient in vegetables and most years Christmas dinner was completely home produced.
 Then came town life  and when I was home alone for 7 weeks and fancied roast potatoes, I didn't have any spuds in the house and anyway it seemed silly to par-boil and roast 2 potatoes. So I splashed out 79p on a bag of roasties from Aldi. And found they were perfectly fine and only 30 minutes in the oven. Then I tried parsnips and they were OK too.
So when I saw this Special Buy advertised at the local Co-op I had no hesitation in buying.
Turkey breast joint, roast potatoes and parsnips. Yorkshire puds and Brussels sprouts (Hmmm not sure about these) and a gi-normous Viennetta. £10 the lot. They have topped up the freezer and will be very handy after Christmas.
I bet a lot of people will throw up their hands in horror at a whole meal from the freezer, but surely this could be one way to save a heck-of-a-lot of money and still be traditional.
 

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Sue






31 comments:

  1. Nothing wrong with that Sue, a few weeks ago I tried the McCain Roasts when I got them free through a shopping app, so convenient and they tasted absolutely fine.

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  2. Nothing wrong with that.

    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  3. We were served a ' roast' meal which had almost entirely come from the freezer when we visited friends a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. That may have been helped by the fact that I hadn't had to cook it, and the company, but it was definitely very edible indeed.

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  4. No idea about the sprouts, but after all we all eat frozen peas - well perhaps not all, but you know what I mean! - and we think they are great so I don't see any reason why sprouts wouldn't be as good, after all they are harvested and frozen straight away aren't they. Sounds like a great idea and a great deal to me! Happy Christmas dinner I say!

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  5. As long as the gravy is good, and plentiful, I see nothing wrong with that at all. I have used frozen sprouts and cooked them from frozen in a saute pan with a dollop of butter. There is enough liquid in the sprouts and the last few moments with lid off and heat up high dries that off.

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  6. The Yorkshire puddings are not to my taste, they always come out a little too hard but the rest should be fine. Seems like a great idea to me.

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  7. no freezer snobbery here. None at all. I used to buy frozen roasties all the time, until I thought that actually, I could do that myself. So now, when I have time and space in the freezer, I par boil, toss in oil, open freeze and then bag up. Same with Yorkshire puds, cook, cool freeze. Doesn't bother me if they are home made or shop bought, having them in the freeze is such a huge help!
    ooh, seeing Pam's sprout tip, I wouldn't think twice trying those again.
    x

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  8. Quite agree - I have been "warming" to a variety of frozen foods recently. Get on special offers, no waste, always something to eat in the freezer. Just be selective and find what's to your own taste.

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  9. I freeze our left overs and reheat to serve as another meal, including Yorkshires, so it's surely the same thing.

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  10. I love sprouts so much that I keep them in the freezer all the time and they are fine. I tend to steam them as cooking them in water can leave them a little too soggy for my taste.

    I have left a reply to your comment about brown paper in the comments on my post from yesterday-x-

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  11. It looks like very good value. I buy lots of fresh food and then freeze it - so no difference at all. Frozen fish fillets are much cheaper than buying fresh (only to take home and freeze!). No frozen food snobbery here especially when time is of the essence.

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  12. My mum buys her roast potatoes frozen. She lives by herself and doesn't eat a lot. She loves having them on Sundays and they make a nice, easy fix. I had some while there and they're pretty good too!

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  13. I only wish that frozen roast potatoes and Yorkshire puds were available in the Midwest, USA! So handy, quick and delicious. No option here but make from scratch.

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  14. That is a cracking deal. I have had Aunt Bessie's honey parsnips once and they are to die for so why not give these a go!

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  15. No problem as far as I'm concerned, I think a lot of commentators who go on about "real food" or whatever forget the cost of that is too much for a lot of us.

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  16. Looks like a good deal to me. I've never bought frozen roast potatoes, but only because my portion size would probably creep up quite a lot!

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  17. Brilliant value for money and it reduces the chance of waste. There is nothing wrong with frizen, in fact it's been proved it's often better than so called fresh! Fresh has often been stored in warehouses for weeks.

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  18. McCain is a Canadian company (one of the few) but I haven't seen roast potatoes over here. Frozen veg are undoubtedly more nutritious in winter rather than long stored, well travelled 'fresh" and cheaper I think.

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    1. Nah, the McCain products in the UK market are far better than what they sell here. But I've noticed they are branching out more. Spiced Wedge Potatoes!

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  19. If it tastes good there is nothing wrong with frozen , I always use frozen vegetables as they is no waste apart from cauliflower and cabbage wich i think tastes better fresh, i use the roast potatoes on the occasions when i am not well and they are fine , I do like frozen parsnips though , The offer is really good i would have bought it if i hadn't already bought my turkey yellow stickered at half price , xxx

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  20. It is pointless being sniffy about certain foods, I think. I don't personally like certain foods, but if others do, then that's fine by me - we all like different things. For example, I love Spam, and I love (not all the time, but occasionally) a jar of that yukky stuff called Sandwich spread even though it's not the same as in the 1960s! I also love a little pork pie occasionally, again not every day or even every week or every month, but occasionally. So if you are enjoying frozen food, and there is no waste, and the nutrition is as good as fresh, then go for it, girl! I like fresh veg but we have frozen peas, they make the most lovely pea and mint soup, too.
    Margaret P

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  21. Cooking everything from scratch is not always possible as you very well know Sue. As long as you enjoy it then what does it matter to anyone. (I find sprouts are OK but only need a very short cook).

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  22. I have never had the roast potatoes from Aldi, but all of their frozen veg is good quality.

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  23. I do use frozen veg to avoid waste and when feeding a crowd the roast potatoes are a bonus. I find that the roast potatoes give me indigestion though. I do prefer home made yorkshires as well but the frozen are fine too. I wouldn't turn down a bargain like that anyway.

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  24. I would never throw my hands up in horror at what anybody eats, it's each to their own in my opinion. I'd happily eat everything you've shown but would prefer 'proper' roast potatoes. xx

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  25. I always buy frozen veg rather than fresh as usually the fresh end up mouldy and thrown out. The only exception to this is leeks for soup. I do buy potatoes for baking or mashing. I also tend to cook extra roasties and yorkshires and then freeze them so that I can use them when I come in from work.

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  26. The frozen meal deal from the co-op is £5 the rest if the year. Can't say I've ever eaten all the items in one meal, but there's often fish in batter, ice-cream, potato product or whatever in the freezer from one of these deals. Middle child was over the moon the other week to have chicken and vegetable pie for tea: put frozen into oven in morning on timer, cooked as we walked in the door!

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  27. Sounds delicious to me! Good savings. I buy sale frozen items as well. I am picky about where they come from though. I prefer they are stateside. I don't know how it is in UK. Enjoy!

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  28. Re the frozen sprouts - check out Delia Smith's sprout soup recipe, sounds odd but honestly, you can't really tell it's sprouts, you just know it's a lovely creamy veggie soup. I always use frozen sprouts for this, life is faaaaaaar to short to prep sprouts for soup!

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  29. I've been doing a big catch-up read! (Been very busy, also been away on a textiles course - a crazy time to have booked it for!)
    Loved the wedding photos. And those two baby cousins look so alike!
    I've recently discovered Aunt Bessie's (think that's her name) jacket potatoes - recommended by friends, and perfect when you live alone. And, frozen spinach - thought it might be mushy and horrible, but, no, very good! Made a lovey Eggs Florentine with it amongst other things.
    Anyway, end of my comments, as I have other things to write!

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