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Spec me a place to buy chicken

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by MrRockliffe, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. MrRockliffe

    Mobster

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    Location: Loughborough

    Used to buy it all from Costco, but I'm now not that close to one, so any money saved is wasted on petrol.

    I liked the fact that it was reasonably cheap (£25 worth would last 2 months ish), where as Sainsburys is quite expensive, and shrinks a lot when cooking.

    Where are some alternative places to buy in bulk? Farmfoods any good?

    Many thanks :)
     
  2. Jasoncmor

    Hitman

    Joined: Feb 13, 2010

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    Farmfoods is alright, the breasts are usually huge though, not sure about shrinkage.
     
  3. Mcnumpty2323

    Wise Guy

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    Lidl do bag of frozen
    Chicken breasts
    Cheap and a lot in it
     
  4. Maccapacca

    Tea

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    Does quality count at all?
     
  5. MrRockliffe

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    I’m not crazy about quality, but I like it to resemble chicken :)

    Quality of Sainsbury’s chicken is good enough, just pumped full of water
     
  6. Maccapacca

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    There isn't a lot that resembles chicken. Modern chicken is a abomination.
     
  7. MrRockliffe

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    No but I’ve had some real horrendous stuff from Asda frozen before - all slimy and gooey when cooked. Almost as if it had been microwaved :(
     
  8. PlacidCasual

    Soldato

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    Very true. I keep chickens and in the past have raised them for meat and can’t bring myself to buy anything less than free range. Intensive chicken farming is terrible.
     
  9. MrRockliffe

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    My local butchers in Loughborough closed not so long ago - gutted as the meat was excellent and locally produced :)

    I think they were perhaps just too cheap, as they always seemed busy.

    Companies can’t compete with convenience unfortunately.
     
  10. krooton

    Caporegime

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    Budget end, Musclefood, if you can spare some more cash, Great British Meat Co, and if you want to splash, Turner & George.
     
  11. booyaka

    Capodecina

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    Find a local butchers

    My local does 5kg (about 20-22 breast) for £28. Great quality
     
  12. Pulsedriver

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    I would say local butchers or if you have a Booker near you, they do a box for about £20ish which is good quality as well.

    I tend to avoid supermarket ones, particularly Lidl/Aldi/Sainsbury's they have been awful quality when I have had them.
     
  13. GSVBagpuss

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    This. Or field and flower for the good stuff
     
  14. MrRockliffe

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    Musclefood looks good - about £21 for 5KG, so about £7 less than Sainsbury’s.
     
  15. Itchytrigg

    Wise Guy

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    Haven't used them in a couple years now but Musclefood I found better than most supermarkets, the breasts were large and didn't shrink.
     
  16. jpaul

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  17. rhysduck

    Soldato

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    if you can freeze then CostCo would still be cheaper than the supermarket tat surely?

    Went there on the weekend and stocked up on bits including pork belly (excellent quality), chicken boobs and bacon. It's a round trip of an hour but worth it.

    Or we get about 5kg for £22-£25 in the butchers.
     
  18. keylion

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    I'd try the local butchers as well for a bulk buy deal. We always use them now after a few weeks of getting barely edible rubbish from Tesco.
     
  19. MrRockliffe

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    Hmmm maybe I'll skip Musclefood in that case - I'd rather pay a little more for something that has lived a (somewhat) better life and locally sourced.

    May just renew my Costco membership at £33. Only thing is, I don't think I'm eligible anymore. I assume if it's done online, they don't check eligibility?
     
  20. Shadowness

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    I used to use MF quite a bit, but I was always unsure of the ethical standard of their foods. The breasts are enormous, not naturally so I often thought.

    I will try to use a local farm shop a lot more in the future, for veg too. I hate buying supermarket veg, but you can't argue against the convenience and availability for most things.