Welcome to the Mrs Beeton Recipes Project. Come and join us and we enter a year of classic cooking the Mrs Beeton way, an emphasis on budget cooking and saving money as a family. As well as this remembering what it is like to eat less meat and more vegetables or a time in history when families ate together every night without feeling that mobile phones come first.
Well the last bit is going to be the biggest challenge. Try reducing mobile phone usage with a 16-year-old boy. I am sure he cries more over his phone than anything else in his life. I can’t believe that I didn’t own my first mobile until I was 17 when I look at Kyle and todays modern world.
For My Mrs Beeton Recipes Project what I wanted to do was give everyone the chance to follow us along at home. It is perfect if you want to:
- Eat more home cooked food and have the emphasis on cooking from scratch
- Have dinner at the table each night like your grandparents did
- Budget on cooking and spend a lot less
- End your family’s food waste problem
- Love classic Mrs Beeton recipes
- Sick of dieting and just want to eat majority healthy
- Meal Prep when you can
- Make amazing meals from your leftovers
- Learn more about the Mrs Beeton recipes
- Teach your children Mrs Beeton recipes
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat more fruit and veg
- Grow your own fruit and veg
They are what we are all about. You could follow us along just because one of those things applies to you, or it could all apply to you. You might just want to save money on your grocery shopping, or you’re sick of cooking separate meals and want you all to eat at the table together as a family.
This Is Us:
We are mum, dad, 16-year-old son, 1-year old son and 3-year-old daughter. A family of five that wants to eat well, but not have to be in the kitchen all day. Our kids have sleeping issues and we often feel incredibly tired. We also have a scruffy house that we need to save to get renovated so the idea to drop our grocery shopping to $300 a month is perfect for us.
Mrs Beeton Recipes Project
Okay so you’re excited about our project and you want to know how you can follow us along at home.
Well first our days are split into the following:
- Mondays = emphasis on eating our five a day using the hashtag #meatlessmonday.
- Wednesdays = working towards teaching the basics of cooking which is a big part of the Mrs Beeton recipes book.
- Fridays = aimed at fakeaways and homemade takeaways that teach us all how to make delicious restaurant or takeaway food at home without the high price tag.
- Sundays = having Sunday dinners as a family that cost $5 or less. A great money saving experiment.
- Tuesdays = Focus on a quick family meal using leftovers from your cupboard or the bottom of your fridge with emphasis on doing so the day before grocery shopping to see what money you can save. Plus, how many freezer meals you can make at the same time. As well as this making sure prep is no more than 20 minutes.
- Monthly Grocery Food Spend = get to see how we spend $300 a month to feed our family of five including feeding a never full 16-year-old lad.
- Monthly Podcast = this will feature on various money saving options to reduce grocery shopping and eat well for less.
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Mrs Beeton Recipes Project – Come & Join Us
I decided to make it fun and easy to come and join us on our Mrs Beeton Recipes Project.
The Mrs Beeton Recipes Cookbook
First of all, if you don’t have a Mrs Beeton book then do get one if you can. Here are some I found online:
- Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management
- Mrs. Beeton’s Cookery Book and Household Guide
- Mrs Beeton’s Every Day Cookery and Housekeeping Book
- Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management: Abridged edition
- Mrs. Beeton’s Victorian Cookbook
They are more modern takes on the classic as we have the 1969 original one that is tatty and old, but the more up to date versions are also good for a reference point. But whenever we take a recipe from Mrs Beeton and then recreate it for the blog we will of course include the info from the original Mrs Beeton recipe.
The Mrs Beeton Recipes Project Food Bank
I had a very privileged upbringing compared to my friends. My school friends lived in council houses and went on holiday to British campsites (or couldn’t afford a holiday at all). Compared to me, that went on holiday to the Mediterranean in an American motorhome. Things were very different. I still experienced poverty but it was of friends and relatives and didn’t involve myself.
One very important thing I was taught from 2 different council estate mothers was to collect cans. Collect cans of food that if payday is late you can still feed your family. To own at least 6 cans of each of the basics such as tinned tomatoes, tinned beans, tinned tuna and so on.
Then each time they are running low and you have had a good payday to top them up.
This I call my food bank and I recommend that you start off if you can by spending $100 or so on building up your own personal food bank. Or if you can’t afford to set this aside start with spending $10 a month on it, until you have a substantial one. Plus I will also be showing you as you go how to create your food bank from leftovers that can be saved up for later.
This is what we have in our personal food bank:
- Beef Oxo Cubes
- Vegetable Oxo Cubes
- Chicken Oxo Cubes
- Corn Flour
- Plain Flour
- Self-Raising Flour
- White Sugar
- Icing Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Custard Powder
- Tinned Tomatoes
- Tinned White Beans
- Tinned Black Beans
- Tinned Tuna
- Tinned Sweetcorn
- Condensed Milk
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Puree
- White Rice
- Vanilla Essence
- Red & White Wine
- Desiccated Coconut
Even though we are starting with as many of these food cupboard products as we can, we go through them at different rates. For example, our favourite Oxo cubes last us about 3 months before we need to replace them. Our coconut lasts 6 months and quite often our olive oil is gone in a fortnight. The product that I find the most frugal on here is the wine. You can add just 50ml of white wine to a homemade sauce for an amazing flavour.#MrsBeeton Recipes Project via recipe_thisClick To Tweet
The more of these items you can get the better. They are used frequently in recipes and you will of course always have quite a lot left at the end of the month, to be able to transfer onto the next month.
As well as this I live for my seasonings. I have a cupboard in my kitchen just dedicated to it.
I often have in:
- Salt & Pepper
- Mixed Spice
- Chilli Powder
- Chinese 5 Spice
I have a lot more herbs and spices than this. BUT these are the ones that I consider to be essential that I use on a day to day basis.
Here is my herbs and spices cupboard laid out for you to look at:
I will of course be running through with you lots of rubs that you can put together for marinating a range of dishes so that you can get the best use out of them.
Or even better than that is to have a good stash of pasta and rice for when you have limited ingredients in. I lifted up my pasta and rice bag to see what was in it, as it weighs a tonne and was surprised that it included more than 4.7 kilos of pasta and about another 2.5 kilos of rice.
The Mrs Beeton Recipes Project Storage
Another important thing for me is great storage opportunities. We will be focusing a lot on filling up your freezer, meal prep and making excellent use out of your leftovers.
To do this we recommend that you have:
A good freezer for storing your leftovers in. This is a similar one to the one we have. Though we picked ours up from a Facebook Group that was selling their old chest freezer. I thought it was the best thing ever and have had it for nearly 3 years now.
Here is our freezer. It is ½ full with batch freezed meat, leftover meals and a few other bits:
Storage containers for storing your leftover meals. I bought in a good mix of silver foil ones that I can use repeatedly.
Stock up on your old containers. If you buy yoghurt, glass jars of food or anything else that is similar, then save it up as it is super useful for leftovers. I also like to have spare bags, silver foil and cling film for freezer storage.
Labels and stickers are also very handy for labelling up your freezer food. I just bought some cheap ones from the supermarket. And post it labels are also amazing. You can simply use a bit of cellotape to fix it into place and you’re good to go!
This lot may seem a lot to follow us along at home. BUT a lot of this you will already have, and you can actually buy if you go if you’re on a tight budget.
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