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Paleo on a Budget: Food Staples

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

What are your 5 must have affordable food options? Looking for new affordable foods...

(Please don't include veggies or butter)

Mine might look this:

  1. Ground Beef
  2. Chicken Breast
  3. Chuck Roast
  4. Almond Milk
  5. Eggs

912ec069b5bd84af1b6ef7545b950908

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on February 03, 2012
at 11:50 PM

If you can get emu, ostrich, or the various species of antelope those are delicious too.

A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

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on August 10, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Gotta fry it in Butter and add random spices, 'cause it's virtually fat free ... makes for a tasty meal though and is highly satisfying ...

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on July 09, 2011
at 06:16 AM

good tallow = sweet potato fries with sea salt!!!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on July 09, 2011
at 03:59 AM

It's a great fat to cook with, and even imbibe a spoonful from time to time as an alternative to coconut oil - just be sure to render it slowly (Mark Sisson has a description). My favorite butcher carries some already rendered but it's not quite as nice as the stuff I make - I think they render it too hot? Not much else, though I understand you can make cosmetics with it.

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

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on July 08, 2011
at 08:42 PM

What are you doing with the tallow (besides using it as an oil)?

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

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on July 08, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Wow! Where do you live that wild fish is cheaper than GF beef? Jealous XD

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on July 08, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Kangaroo?! Is it tasty?

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 21, 2011
at 01:32 PM

VERY easy! Read this: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/515-broth-is-beautiful

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 17, 2011
at 08:07 PM

It makes a great name! Adding it my list, in case we ever have another kid :-)

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:41 PM

@Caverat - my parents were avid Tolkien fans - it's my real name! But really funny - I just read this now, but posted an answer this morning which referenced the Hobbit!

6e01c5e248d6a30bb7cb07d536aaf5b6

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Asian grocery stores usually have frozen goat meat for around $3/pound, I'm assuming its grass fed since I think it comes from australia, comes with bones and tendons, great for a stew or soup.

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on June 14, 2011
at 04:49 PM

@Bree (Tolkien reference in the name?) it's probably different in Canada - I understand it's part of the on-boat processing. Thanks for the reference Ashley.

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I really need to get on that. Easy?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on June 14, 2011
at 02:02 AM

Look for a halal (Muslim) butcher or a Carribean/ African market. They often carry goat meat. Its inexpensive as well.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Dude asked for inexpensive staples! Nitrite and sugar free Bacon in hella expensive lately :)

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:37 AM

what? no bacon?

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I love tilapia, but is it wild? All I can find is farmed and from China.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:17 PM

I would also like to know where you get the goat from

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:16 PM

I have never seen that in any of the processing plants that I have been to (in Canada though) The fish is chopped up and put in the cans. If that is happening that is a shame!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 13, 2011
at 10:41 PM

mmm - I'll have to try goat! Is it from an ethnic shop? I was very sad to discover that most Alaskan Salmon is squeezed (or however they do it) to extract the fish oil, which is then sold as fish oil supplements. I'm sure the canned stuff has some still - but not as much as you'd expect...

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Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 13, 2011
at 11:26 PM

BONES (to make home made bone broth)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I really need to get on that. Easy?

Da7dc02f6150d09197a768aff40a11f1

on June 21, 2011
at 01:32 PM

VERY easy! Read this: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/515-broth-is-beautiful

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:07 PM

I see a chicken thighs on sale quite a bit and I prefer them since all other chicken parts taste funky to me lately.

Lamb is actually quite inexpensive.

Crossrib roast is way cheap lately and good in the slow cooker.

Tilapia

Eggs (awww yeah)

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on June 14, 2011
at 12:37 AM

what? no bacon?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Dude asked for inexpensive staples! Nitrite and sugar free Bacon in hella expensive lately :)

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 13, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Eggs, eggs and also eggs. Did I mention eggs?

My grocery has the Pacific Pastures brand grass-fed ground beef in sealed packages and it's cheap for some reason (I've been afraid to ask why) at only $5.45/lb. Calf liver isn't too bad either.

Suet is uber-cheap - from 'free' to a couple dollars a pound at my expensive butcher already ground up and frozen - and you can render it down to excellent beef tallow (you get a lot from the suet, so the price 'per' is very cheap)

Homemade sauerkraut is easy and very cheap. Kefir also - and very little lactose is left unfermented (in case one is intolerant).

I'm all for 'cheap', and the above is a big part of my diet!

A45af235ed4dd0b4f548c59e91b75763

(1936)

on July 08, 2011
at 08:42 PM

What are you doing with the tallow (besides using it as an oil)?

Medium avatar

(5639)

on July 09, 2011
at 06:16 AM

good tallow = sweet potato fries with sea salt!!!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on July 09, 2011
at 03:59 AM

It's a great fat to cook with, and even imbibe a spoonful from time to time as an alternative to coconut oil - just be sure to render it slowly (Mark Sisson has a description). My favorite butcher carries some already rendered but it's not quite as nice as the stuff I make - I think they render it too hot? Not much else, though I understand you can make cosmetics with it.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on June 13, 2011
at 10:20 PM

  1. Half picnic roast
  2. Eggs
  3. Whatever is buy one get one in the beef section of winn Dixie
  4. Minute pork chops
  5. Frozen veggies is what really goes here but I guess I will go with cheese and heavy cream

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(12379)

on June 13, 2011
at 10:11 PM

  1. Eggs
  2. Whole chickens (roaster or frying chickens)

Ummm - I always take a look in the sale area of the meat section - things are usually within a day or two of their date - but you can really save some good cash!

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6869a1f2294b3a717a53645589a91d18

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:48 PM

  1. Potatoes are extremely economical. Healthy societies have been documented eating very large amounts of tubers.
  2. Some butchers will give you free beef fat.
  3. Eggs
  4. Liver
  5. Supplements (they are cheap considering what you get).

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:11 AM

  1. Sardines
  2. Carrots
  3. Eggs
  4. Roasting Chicken
  5. Spices from the bulk section

For some reason where I live if the meat comes with bones and remotely resembles an actual animal, folks won't buy it. Lucky me. Sale bin bonanza!

I love the bulk spices too because you can get like 2 star anise or whatever just to try and it'll run you just a few cents.

1
9b2e3130786c8c33ae0ec7439c277e0f

on March 04, 2012
at 03:15 AM

Cross Cut Shanks, Arm Roasts, Ham Steaks, Neck / Soup Bones, Eggs. When fruits and vegetables are on sale (and easy to freeze) I stock up and eat well for a while.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 09, 2011
at 05:30 AM

I eat a lot so if I had to choose the absolute basic staples then.. I'll go with: Eggs. Grass fed ground beef. Whole chickens. Greenmarket berries. Coconut Flakes. Figs. Nuts. Tomato. Jalapeno. All varieties of potato. I want to add Kale into this as there is a salad that I make that is so multi-functional you can do pretty much anything with it - and the leaves themselves can take on different roles. Kale. Lemon juice. Lemon zest. Whatever fat you use. Shallot. Salt and pepper. Fresh grated parm if you're eating dairy. That is IT! Just chiffonade the greens, do not de-rib as the crunch is nice, and away you go. It just gets better the longer it sits. Great any day as a salad, lift the skin on your chicken before roasting and slide it under, add to eggs, keep back some of the kale leaves and make kale chips, use the leaves as your "bun" for a burger. Cheap and SO good for you!

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345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:01 PM

  1. veggies, any all kinds
  2. whole chicken
  3. fish (tilapia, salmon)
  4. eggs
  5. avocado (probably not always inexpensive but I could live on it)

D5096ff5baffc0ba5d20b21346414a7a

(1112)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I love tilapia, but is it wild? All I can find is farmed and from China.

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Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

(1334)

on June 13, 2011
at 10:48 PM

various pork roasts / chuck roast / eggs / whole chickens / chicken leg quarters or thighs.

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6e01c5e248d6a30bb7cb07d536aaf5b6

(193)

on June 13, 2011
at 10:37 PM

  1. Beef heart
  2. Beef tendon
  3. Goat meat
  4. Canned Wild Salmon
  5. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 13, 2011
at 10:41 PM

mmm - I'll have to try goat! Is it from an ethnic shop? I was very sad to discover that most Alaskan Salmon is squeezed (or however they do it) to extract the fish oil, which is then sold as fish oil supplements. I'm sure the canned stuff has some still - but not as much as you'd expect...

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:17 PM

I would also like to know where you get the goat from

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 13, 2011
at 11:16 PM

I have never seen that in any of the processing plants that I have been to (in Canada though) The fish is chopped up and put in the cans. If that is happening that is a shame!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 14, 2011
at 02:02 AM

Look for a halal (Muslim) butcher or a Carribean/ African market. They often carry goat meat. Its inexpensive as well.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 14, 2011
at 04:49 PM

@Bree (Tolkien reference in the name?) it's probably different in Canada - I understand it's part of the on-boat processing. Thanks for the reference Ashley.

6e01c5e248d6a30bb7cb07d536aaf5b6

(193)

on June 14, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Asian grocery stores usually have frozen goat meat for around $3/pound, I'm assuming its grass fed since I think it comes from australia, comes with bones and tendons, great for a stew or soup.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:41 PM

@Caverat - my parents were avid Tolkien fans - it's my real name! But really funny - I just read this now, but posted an answer this morning which referenced the Hobbit!

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

(2997)

on June 17, 2011
at 08:07 PM

It makes a great name! Adding it my list, in case we ever have another kid :-)

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F26c3567d2a2ab704d4296ee27b2caf2

on January 07, 2013
at 03:24 AM

Whole Turkeys after the Holidays! I saw them this week for $0.97/lb I think thats the cheapest price I have ever seen for meat! Also the club pack bags of fish tend to be quite affordable. So far the cheapest is usually Alaskan Pollock.

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8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

on March 04, 2012
at 02:51 AM

  1. Butter, coconut oil (fat)
  2. Grass fed meat, liver, bones, eggs (proteins)
  3. Frozen broccoli and spinach (fibers and sugars)
  4. Carrots, tomatoes, potatoes (fibers and sugars)
  5. Goat milk to make kefir with, and in general it's a good drink anyway. I only drink water and milk.

Other things I get when my budget allows me is organic farmer's market fruits, vegetables, and raw salmon. I also have raw honey that I bought in bulk from a farmer, but I rarely use it now besides sweetening the kefir.

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07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

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on July 08, 2011
at 07:34 PM

I could pretty much live off of butter, ground beef, potatoes, kale, and stock mats like chicken feet and beef knuckle. I actually spend less than other students living on the meal plan or buying their own (usually takeaways and snacks). I throw in a fish head every once in a while (1-2 days a week) as that's the cheapest way to get some wild salmon in.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on July 08, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Eggs (Even the good ones are cheap)

Chuck-Eye Steak (at around $4/lbs commercial, with flavor that makes ribeyes fall flat, big bargain)

Lamb shoulderblade steaks (sure, they are boney but I usually end up with one small marrowbone that gives me a gamey, lamby, butter-like substance to smear over the rest of the steak... and they are cheeep!)

Beef Oxtails (collagen, fat, good)

Butcher's Ground Beef (normally cheaper than specific "ground chuck/sirloin" grinds and made with steak ends/throwaways, to the tune of an 75/25 lean/fat ratio for $3/pound normally)

Organic/Nitrate Free sausages/bacon.

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560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on July 08, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Tinned fish, eggs,Lambs liver, ground beef,chicken liver

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on July 08, 2011
at 06:06 PM

1) Meat: beef (whatever cut is on sale that week), chicken and calf livers, veal brains

2) Eggs

3) Canned salmon/mackerel/herring/sardines

4) Butter

5) Good salt

I grow perennial herbs, and a few annual herbs and leaf vegetables. I save seeds for the next year.

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D8195c5ae6c967027a3133d74969d0e1

on June 14, 2011
at 01:17 PM

I can't afford grass-fed meats - I eat a lot of fish -making sure it's wild - have meats that aren't - supplement with fish oil - chicken livers make for a cheap source, and ironically - even if I can't afford good chicken - the best chicken livers are available at low prices! Cooked w red wine and "herb de provence" onion and garlic - some spinach or kale - zucchini - makes a great stir fry - and actually tastes awesome! Pork chops - cheap cuts of steak - seems that I haven't had problems eating non-pure meats - lost the weight and feel great -overcame RA and Barrett's Esophagus - no meds - was using a cane - will have to adapt to something purer if symptoms recur - so far so good!

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

(2057)

on July 08, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Wow! Where do you live that wild fish is cheaper than GF beef? Jealous XD

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A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

(774)

on June 14, 2011
at 03:52 AM

  1. Ground Kangaroo
  2. Carrots
  3. Eggs
  4. Chicken Thigs
  5. Bacon Rashers

560821f3e7352455c3ebc2283d424f2e

on July 08, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Kangaroo?! Is it tasty?

A15af22bd729ec030e8f47d1189b6eaf

(774)

on August 10, 2011
at 04:38 AM

Gotta fry it in Butter and add random spices, 'cause it's virtually fat free ... makes for a tasty meal though and is highly satisfying ...

912ec069b5bd84af1b6ef7545b950908

(428)

on February 03, 2012
at 11:50 PM

If you can get emu, ostrich, or the various species of antelope those are delicious too.

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C23ec4b85f3cbeb9ddf6bf78317d56e3

on June 14, 2011
at 03:10 AM

1) Eggs

2) Coconut Oil

3) Coconut Milk

4) Chickens

5) Bacon

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:21 AM

  1. Baker's unsweetened chocolate bars or Hershey's unsweetened natural cocoa powder

  2. Coconut oil

  3. Thick cut bacon

  4. Greens of some sort (kale, spinach, chard)

  5. Good eggs

Lately I've been lucky since my dad wanted to clear out his game freezer. I've had as much venison as I could eat (and I an eat a lot) for months now. I think that I'll have to check out some of the staple items on some of your lists now that my supply has run out!

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967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:32 AM

For the times money is tight my staples (sans veggies) are: 1.Ground Beef 2.Eggs 3.Chicken 4.Sardines 5.Bacon/porkbelly

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31cd30cb210f9d13bf990a3410fce31c

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Pretty easy:

  1. Eggs
  2. Ground beef
  3. Chicken wings
  4. Nuts
  5. Yams

I make some ridiculous chicken wings. Cheap and they last for a few meals. We eat about a dozen eggs a day between 2 people and go through a 4-5 pounds of ground beef per week.

Jamie

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31cd30cb210f9d13bf990a3410fce31c

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Pretty easy:

  1. Eggs
  2. Ground beef
  3. Chicken wings
  4. Nuts
  5. Yams

I make some ridiculous chicken wings. Cheap and they last for a few meals. We eat about a dozen eggs a day between 2 people and go through a 4-5 pounds of ground beef per week.

Jamie

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on June 13, 2011
at 10:42 PM

  1. Eggs (obviously)
  2. Nearly all fish (pangasius especially)

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