I love to cook from scratch, and if not completely from scratch then half-scratch.
What I have never done is a costing exercise to establish how it compares to purchasing ready produced food (i.e convenience foods).
So today is Day 1 of my little experiment.
I’d considered doing the costing for all food for the week, but decided rather than to try to climb Everest to opt for the Wrekin instead.
Each day I will post the evening meal with a comparable dish shop purchased. I have no idea whether it will be more cost-effective – that’s what the experiment is for.
Saturday 25th June 2011
The inspiration behind this dish is attributed to Laura, who recently commented that she and her kids have a Pizza night in front of the TV. I loved the idea and hence have adopted it here at Chez Wright! Saturday night is now Pizza and Popcorn.
Home-made Pizza of course!
Here comes the comparison
SimplyBeingMum’s margarita pizza – Ingredients & Cost – serves 4
650g/7oz Strong White Flour – 0.46
1 sachet of dried yeast (7g) – 0.15
2 teaspoons of salt and 1 of sugar – 0.05
350ml/9floz Warm Water – 0.00
1 can of chopped tomatoes (400g/14oz) – 0.54
2 Garlic Cloves – 0.07
Dried Mixed Herbs/Oregano – 0.05
250g of Mozzarella – £1.70
£3.02 in Total – 0.76 per pizza
Cost for 4 Pizza Express pizza’s from the chiller shelf of the same supermarket
£12 Total – £3 each as on special should be £4 each
Their cheapest own-branded version – £6 for 4 as on special also.
Taking the average between highest and lowest cost – each shop bought pizza will cost £2.25 whereas home-made actually cost £0.76.
A saving of £1.49 per pizza and a total saving of £5.96 to feed a family of four.
Shop bought average cost for 4 pizzas – £9
Home-made cost for 4 pizzas – £3.04
So far so good eh? A third of the cost…
And if you get it delivered then you are looking at a price of £8.49 per pizza – I’m not even going to go there…
With my costing done I’m off to knead some dough – I’ll just leave you in true Blue Peter style with a photo of one I made earlier…