Can you enjoy steak on a tight budget?
I’m wrapping up a string of food-related blogs. Last week, I focused on pie, milk consumption and new Campbell’s soups. Today, I want to discuss buying steak on a budget.
A reader recently called The Gazette’s Sound Off line, where people leave anonymous comments. This reader complained about seeing a shopper buying steak with food stamps. The caller suggested that someone relying on food stamps shouldn’t be taking advantage of this government assistance to buy such expensive meat. Other callers concurred.
That got me thinking about steak. My wife, Cheryl, and I enjoy steak a couple of times a month. Everything in moderation, you know. But here’s how I’ve learned to stretch our food dollars.
I wait until I see a grocery advertising a sale on whole beef tenderloins. I just did so recently, buying a trimmed tenderloin weighing a bit less than 3 pounds for around $19. I cut this lean slab of meat into 10 chunks. I froze them, two pieces to a bag. That means each slice of steak is a tad less than 5 ounces. Most doctors suggest easing back on red meat, and so we’re enjoying modest portions occasionally.
At that price and cut into that many chunks, we’re spending less than $2 per serving to enjoy a quality slice of steak on the grill.
I don’t know what sort of steak the shopper with food stamps was buying; the initial caller didn’t say. But if the person spent less than $2 in food stamps per serving to enjoy steak, is that unreasonable?