Learn how to visit French food markets on a budget and how to enjoy the atmosphere of the Mediterranean without worrying about how much you have spent.
We have just enjoyed a wonderful day out at a French market as a family of 5. But the big difference is that we have done so on a budget. I hate wasting money and I can be rather tight when it comes to spending money.
Or to use my dad’s term of phrase:
I am not tight, I just spend money on the RIGHT things!
At the time of visiting our first French market since arriving in France last month, we have found that France is a lot more money for food and drink compared to Portugal.
Things like carrots are often 300% more, strawberries would bankrupt me (well almost) and don’t get me started on the huge price for avocados.
Dominic pointed out that we must ACCEPT that we are not in Portugal and must respect French prices, but it is HARD.
French Markets – Look For One Bargain
I decided to look at it in another way and find myself at least one bargain. It would make the market more fun and then I would really treasure what I had found. Or even better grab a handful of bargains.
The bananas worked out at just 2€ a kilo. At a regular supermarket in Portugal they will cost you 1,69€ a kilo and from Lidl in Portugal 1,05€, so to say that we are in France I don’t think these are unreasonably priced.
I love mussels (or Moules in French) and they are amazing in the Instant Pot with a white wine and garlic sauce. At the market in France they will cost you just short of 5€ a kilo. As 500g (half a kilo) is enough to feed your family for the night, it’s a real bargain. And don’t forget to have it the French way with lots of crusty bread.
The Cubed Potatoes
I love French potatoes, and can you believe ready cooked they are just 7€ a kilo. Put this into context and a portion size for one person when having it as a side is 100g, this works out at 0,70€ for some potatoes. Walk around the market with a smile on your face knowing you got a delicious bargain.
The Ham Shanks
Ham Shanks must be the best foodie bargain that you will get on a French market. Its fall off the bone ham that is ready to be eaten and just 5€ per shank. If you compare the price to buying it cooked from Tescos at £4 each and exchange it into Euros and it is probably cheaper than Tescos.
But for a bigger comparison remember that it costs 14€ a kilo for rotisserie chicken. With the average small chicken weighing in at 1.2 kilos, you can be making a spectacular saving by getting ham instead of chicken.
Ham vs chicken pic
But WAIT, it gets even better…..
Buy yourself a couple of ham shanks for 10€ and then eat ¾ of them for lunch with your family. Maybe have them with a French baguette and some of those yummy French potatoes.
Then reserve the last 1/3 of the ham shank, the bones and the fat and make some ham bone soup with the leftovers. Serve it with more bread and you have 2 amazing meals for the price of one.
Then you have an amazing double meal and it has cost you very little for something so delicious.
Naturally, my life is all about market bargains and cooking at home and you can read here all about how we took our leftover ham shanks and turned them into delicious ham bone soup in the Instant Pot.Visiting #French #Food Markets On A #Budget, What Can You Buy On a Budget? Via @recipe_thisClick To Tweet
Before we left the market, we found a lovely patisserie on the edge of the market. It was busy and had a good range of breads and cakes and everything yummy. Basically, everything French that you could think of that would allow you to gain 20 pounds.
I got some French baguettes for our Ham Shanks as well as some chocolate eclairs.
For us it was a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun was shining, and we had done our fair share of bargain hunting and that to me is what visiting the market is about.