How to Save Money on Meat and Seafood

Try these lower-priced alternatives and makeover your kitchen budget easily.

By Meaghan Cameron from Reader's Digest
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    Beef
    Forget:
    Sirloin steak at $8.99 pound
    Rib eye at $16.99 pound
    Filet mignon at $20+ pound.

    Try:
    Beef chuck stew meat at $2.29 pound (sometimes less)
    Beef short ribs $4.99 pound

    Beef chuck stew meat is easily turned into a meal that you can keep in the fridge and heat up all week long. Also try short ribs which cost slightly more but are excellent braised. Steak should be saved for special occasions if you want to save money.

    Recipes to try:
    Beef Bourguignon
    Balsamic Braised Short Ribs With Horseradish Mashed Potatoes recipe.

    Chicken
    Forget:
    Chicken breast at $5.49 pound.

    Try:
    Drumstick and thigh combo $1.59 pound.

    Chicken thighs are dark meat and have slightly higher calories and fat, but that fat transforms into taste. A 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast is 138 calories and 3 grams of fat, while a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken thigh is 177 calories and 9 grams of fat. Well worth the price difference!

    Recipe to try:
    Osso Bucco-Style Chicken Thighs

    Fish
    Forget:
    Salmon at $8.99 pound for farmed and more for wild salmon
    Tuna at $9.99 pound
    Swordfish at $14.99 pound

    Try:
    Cod at $5.99 pound
    Tilapia as low as $4.99 pound
    Bluefish as low as $5.99 pound

    Recipes to try:
    Steamed Cod With Crisp Vegetables
    Tea Poached Tilapia
    Greek Marinated Bluefish

    Pork
    Forget:
    Pork tenderloin at $5.99 pound.

    Try:
    Pork chops at $2.99 pound

    The meat will be just as tender and low-fat.

    Recipe to try:
    Baked Pork Chops With Swiss Chard

    Lamb
    Forget:
    Lamb chops at $15.99 pound.

    Try:
    Lamb shank $4.49 pound.

    Lamb can be extremely pricey. A braised lamb shank is the perfect winter meal. Try the Lamb Shanks With White Beans and Roasted Endive.

    Turkey
    Forget:
    Deli sliced turkey at $6.99-9.99 pound (average).

    Try:
    Roasting a whole breast $1.89 pound.

    Steer clear of added filler and season the breast as you see fit. Slice the meat off and create the perfect turkey sandwiches. Here's a great recipe for roasting a whole turkey breast: Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Hazelnut Mole. You can even skip the sauce and just roast the turkey as described since everything is better with bacon.

    Prices obtained from A&P.com and Shoprite.com. Local prices may vary.

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    Your Comments

    • Giantdon49

      Most of the products you say to forget can be bought on sale for less than half of the price you quote. Forget buying at retail and buy the good stuff on sale.