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UK Paleo - Supermarket bought Paleo produce?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Hello Everyone.

I am just curious in asking how many of us paleo folks over in the UK buy food from regular supermarkets, such as tesco, coop, etc.

I am mainly wondering if people buy any store bought soups that are filled with good ingredients and not just processed crap? I am aware I can make my own soup, but I am a terrible cook and making soups isn't what I am about right now...

Another thing is tinned tuna/salmon. Where do you buy your tinned Tuna or Salmon from? What particular type of tinned fish do you buy?

I appreciate any recommendations. And even if its not soup or tuna, but you have other foods that you pick up from a regular supermarket, I would appreciate the information as I am coming from a terrible terrible diet, so am trying to try as many new foods as I can.

Thanks

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on February 13, 2014
at 09:41 PM

Great question, I tend to make my own soups as not sure about all the unknown chemicals going into the pre made food products

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on May 11, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I'm really glad I just read that - was starting to panic that I was going to have to starting buying from online butchers.

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on March 17, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Grok on!!! - Did I make you "cringe"??? :-P

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on March 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Agree with this. I go to waitrose for a few things once a week maybe, but mainly i shop at weekly farmers markets and my local butcher/green grocer. My butcher (lidgates of London) gives away bones...and they are grassfed. I rarely buy anything prepared. Prepared foods are expensive, have poor ingredients, come in containers of questionable safey, and don't really save any time.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Yes, yes and yes! Tesco finest beef and lamb is grassfed too and they do great sliced beef heart and other offal! Cheap and nutritious!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Absolutely right! Tesco finest is grassfed too :)

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Yup, Yeo Valley Organic butter is great.

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on March 02, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Thanks Becks. Really good answer. Definitely going to look out for that Yeo Valley Butter you mentioned and a few of the other things!!

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on February 22, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Thank you for your feedback so quickly!!

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287f839a2cda0b29ba9c2d6b993840ba

on February 22, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Not much of a soup person but on other stuff: because of cost I make do with non-organic meat from supermarkets for the most part. The fat of that meat is a potential reservoir of nasty things I tend to get leaner things/cut off fat and add replacements - coconut oil & olive oil, avocado, some Kerrygold butter. Maybe this applies to poultry/pork more than beef.

One tip is smoked salmon trimmings; they're pretty much as good as regular smoked salmon but cheaper. I eat tuna in olive oil, I don't think it makes much of a difference which brand. Tinned sardines are cheap and omega-3 rich.

There's a lot of good frozen veg at most places e.g. I put handfuls of frozen spinach in an italian tomato sauce with some fat & spices to go with meat.

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on February 22, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Well I don't know much in terms of soup. Possibly have a look at 'New Covent Garden' soups which you can pick up in most supermarkets.

Groceries: personally I prefer TESCO over ASDA, and if I am near one I head to a Waitrose. COOP packaged meats are pretty good, stay away from ASDA as really they are just awful unless you get the 'Extra Special' brand. Try and find yourself a local butcher as you get a lot more value for money.

My standard shopping list consumed every week is: 2 x bags curly kale, 2 x bags spring greens, 3 x heads broccoli, 3x butternuts, 2 x punnets blueberries, 12 x eggs, 4 x chicken thighs, 2 x sirloin steaks, 4x pork chops, 6 x tins tuna fish (see).

I haven't a clue how much this all costs, something I should record actually. Lazy like that.

One thing I learnt which is helpful is that in general British beef is grass fed. Also we access to Aberdeen Angus which is pricey but fantastic.

I thought of trying those organic delivery companies who also deliver meat, but my main issue is fridge storage as I live in a shared house. 'Abel&Cole', 'Organic Delivery Company', 'Riverfords' to name a few off the top of my head.

Ba789e652b7c02935e23e39a64d529a6

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on February 22, 2012
at 04:11 PM

Thank you for your feedback so quickly!!

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:30 PM

I shop in sainsburys. Regular buys: Bananas, potatoes, carrots, melons, spring greens. Minced lamb and beef; lamb chops, steak, oxtail and lamb's liver from the fresh meat counter, seafood mix (prawns, mussels, squid rings). Extra strong cheddar, Parlick Fell sheeps cheese, pecorino romano, Fage yogurt, organic eggs, St Helen's goat's butter is currently available in my local Sainsburys. I buy the cheese two blocks at a time 'cos its cheaper. I eat lots of dairy though. I buy frozen cherries, frozen spinach and frozen coley fish. (I also buy buckets of skimmed milk, orange juice, white rice, jam, sugar and coffee, but you probably want to ignore those high sugar, neolithic munches:) ) You don't need to do fancy cooking; just fry some meat or fish, boil some potato and throw some spice/herb mix over it. I cook extra and eat cold meat/fish and rice/potato for lunch. I eat really well without making recipes. Right now I love rice and frozen spinach boiled together, stir in some curry powder, topped with two cheese fried in goat's butter and cheese. Just throw together what flavours you like.

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2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2012
at 07:35 PM

I shop mainly at tescos. I will often buy sliced beef heart, it's really cheap and lovely fried in Yeo Valley organic butter! I will buy a couple of packs of their value frozen white fish. It's wild caught. I buy some liver, beef or lambs usually and make pate which is really easy to make and makes for a great breakfast with sliced organic apples. I will always buy the big bag of value carrots, goes such a long way and is super cheap. This time of year lots of root veg, I love the raw beetroot, really nice shredded with raw carrot and mixed with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I buy the 2 for ??6 giant packs of beef mince to make shepherds pie or chilli. Do you do cheese? If so you can usually get some good chedder for a reasonable price. A giant bag of potatoes goes a long way, also the massive bags of value white basmati rice they o if you are looking cheaply to bulk up your calories with a harmless starch ;) These are the bog standards I will usaully get, there are other variables depending on what is on offer. Ooh try and buy meat with bones (including chicken) where you can and save the bones to make bone broth ridiculously good for you and dirt cheap to make!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on March 17, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Grok on!!! - Did I make you "cringe"??? :-P

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on March 02, 2012
at 12:53 PM

Hi. I buy very little from supermarkets. Once a` week I go to my local market, where I buy lots of veg - not organic, but very fresh and good quality - and cheaper than any supermarket! Also there is an organic butcher, where I buy breast of lamb, liver, kidney, heart, pork mince, shin of beef, skirt of beef - all the cheap but delicious cuts. And the guy GIVES me fat from organic grass fed beef and pork, so I can render it down to make lard. Also gives me bones to make soup - pig trotter, calf foot, knuckle bones etc.

Local organic chicken farm - I go and buy directly; the same birds that make it to the butchers, but half the cost. Also wings and thighs in big bags very cheap. Chickens feet, free. The carcasses from the birds that are cut up for chicken breasts - free. Make friends with your butcher.

It is worth finding out where and when your local Women's Institute has a weekly market during spring, summer and autumn - you can buy the members' surplus fruit and veg, home grown, fresh that day and usually organic, and it is dirt cheap. Get there early - it sells out!

And I never buy soup - a slow cooker and bones make stock, the when strained, add chopped veg, enough stock to cover by about an inch, cook until soft and whizz with a stick blender. It is so easy.

Good food can be very reasonable, organic or grass fed, providing you buy the cheaper cuts and buy from the right sources. I have limited resources and want to eat well, in budget.

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on March 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Agree with this. I go to waitrose for a few things once a week maybe, but mainly i shop at weekly farmers markets and my local butcher/green grocer. My butcher (lidgates of London) gives away bones...and they are grassfed. I rarely buy anything prepared. Prepared foods are expensive, have poor ingredients, come in containers of questionable safey, and don't really save any time.

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on March 02, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Sainsbury's sell Taste the Difference "Outdoor Bred" Pork & Fresh Herb Sausages, which are apparently 91% pork and are gluten free. I like to think these are fairly Paleo friendly (although feel free to disagree!).

Sainsbury's also sell (again, Taste the Difference, so pricier than normal) some really tasty Wild Alaskan salmon, that honestly is so much better than regular farmed stuff. I tried my local fishmonger and he said he just couldn't compete price-wise with sourcing wild salmon (but was reasonably priced on other more local options).

Good to know UK beef is mostly grass-fed, I find it really hard to know for sure as it often isn't stated on the packaging.

Butter-wise, I find Yeo Valley Organic butter to be pretty yummy - it states on the packaging it comes from farms "where the cows are fed on clover-rich grass and have plenty of room to roam free". I like their full fat yoghurt too (if you can eat dairy). I think you can buy this from most supermarkets.

Supermarkets do seem to be getting better at offering a variety of foods, like decent coconut milk (although seem to have stopped selling creamed coconut), avocado oil, unspoilt dried fruits (without vegetable oils for 'glazing' purposes) etc, not to mention the wide variety of fruits/veg - kale and cabbage are my favourite most recent discoveries!

The price difference between standard meat and organic/free range is crazy, but when it comes to chicken I think I'd rather pay the extra, and you can normally get organic free range chicken from any larger supermarket store. I've heard Riverford's Organics are good if you want delivery, but again are a lot more expensive.

I read somewhere else on another post that Waitrose Jersey Double Cream is from grass-fed cows, but I couldn't confirm this.

When it comes to soup (sorry - this was your original question!!) Covent Garden and Waitrose own-brand do seem the best, but quite often have added sugar/other little bits and bobs that are 'non-paleo', so to be on the safe side you would need to make your own to know for sure what ingredients you're eating. I'm not exactly a master chef myself, but honestly soups are one of the easiest things to make, and there are no rules - boil up whatever veg you fancy/have left over (I particularly love sweet potato, leek, carrot with coconut milk and cumin), make large quantities, blitz it all with a hand held food blender in the saucepan to make your life easier, then freeze what you don't immediately eat!

Good luck - I've only been doing this 'properly' for about a month, and it is time consuming at the start, but does get easier (and is worth it, in my opinion)!

Ba789e652b7c02935e23e39a64d529a6

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on March 02, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Thanks Becks. Really good answer. Definitely going to look out for that Yeo Valley Butter you mentioned and a few of the other things!!

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Yup, Yeo Valley Organic butter is great.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on March 02, 2012
at 07:27 PM

Yes, yes and yes! Tesco finest beef and lamb is grassfed too and they do great sliced beef heart and other offal! Cheap and nutritious!

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on February 22, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I find Morrissons fish counter is great value and I like their meat better than the other supermarkets. I never buy ready prepped meals though as there is always something that isn't any good for you in them.

At the moment, Sainsburys are having a half price promo on duck, so I've stocked up on legs, got some pork belly in the freezer, some Sainsburys toulouse sausages and am gonna make paleo cassoulet tomorrow. Oh yes. :-)

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on March 02, 2012
at 01:43 PM

just a quick word on this, UK meats are vastly different to that found in America.

The UK cattle does not have the antibiotics that American cattle has.

Shop bought Beef would be perfectly acceptable in the UK.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2012
at 07:25 PM

Absolutely right! Tesco finest is grassfed too :)

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on May 11, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I'm really glad I just read that - was starting to panic that I was going to have to starting buying from online butchers.

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on February 22, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I tend to use Morrisson's a lot! There salads are good, spinach and red leafs etc...

I also use Costco, meat is especially cheap and very good quality. Ether make loads and eat all week or freeze and use as needed.

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on July 20, 2013
at 08:31 PM

Mostly buy from markets. From supermarkets i usually buy Kerrygold butter, sauerkraut (got about a kilo of the stuff for a quid in Tescos the other day), co-op truly irresistible sausages (same as the sainsbury ones, 91% pork) and if i'm having a treat day. Unless i can't get to a market of course, then it's all from Tesco :)

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on July 20, 2013
at 08:02 PM

I used to shop mainly at Sainbury's but it was a big Sainsburys market with a butcher and fishmonger concession, good veggie selection and a decent amount of organic stuff. Their "North Highland" meat range is grass-fed and finished. I don't buy pork unless it's organic or outdoor reared (NOT the same as outdoor bred) and chicken I buy organic thighs. Eggs I get organic or woodland and I get duck eggs too. Goat butter is my preferred which is also sold at Sainsburys, as is goat yoghurt (you have to go to waitrose for goat cream).

When I can I shop in Waitrose or Farmer's markets. Waitrose often puts meats and fish on sale at the end of the day, so go late and stock up. I pretty much only buy bacon from Waitrose as they have great organic streaky bacon (Duchy Originals).

Regarding soup, look for either a root veg or coconut based fresh soup. Many will have potato or legumes though so always read the label. Root veg soup, a salad and some kind of protein makes a nice meal

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on July 20, 2013
at 05:16 PM

which part of the country are you in jono?

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on July 20, 2013
at 01:38 PM

Unfortunately almost all the beef here in UK is grain finished which does not mean the same thing as grassfed. It is merely pastured. If your buying from a supermarket then buy the leanest cuts you can and add healthy fats to it. If you want reall grassfed beef then you'll most likely have to source it directly from the farm or from GreenPasture Farms uk. The only fully grassfed butter is kerrygold (the hard block). That's assuming you want or need to be strictly Paleo. I too get all my non meat items from Ocado, their service is fantastic :) grok on!

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on March 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

I shop at Waitrose - I've got a big store nearby and they have lots of organic produce, including wild Alaskan tinned salmon and some tuna that comes in glass jars (glass is best because cans leak BPA). They also stock smoked mackerel which, unlike most smoked foods, hasn't had any sugar added. If you don't have a Waitrose near you, you can always use Ocado or Waitrose online.

They do have plenty of soups with mostly wholesome ingredients, but they always come with a just a bit of crap to make them non-paleo - e.g. sunflower, cornstarch, sugar. It's pretty much impossible to find paleo-compatible convenience food.

I'm also a Waitrose fan because they're a worker co-operative, give fair deals to farmers and promote humane and sustainable farming.

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on February 22, 2012
at 07:04 PM

I used Tesco most of the time, when I lived in England. This was partly because it was 500 metres from my house but also because their cheapest mince (ground beef) is really fatty, which suits me well. The packs of pork belly were pretty good too.
I also found three small farms nearby that sold veg, eggs, chicken, pheasant and pastured pork. One of them was an organic farm run by hippies. I felt like I was eating like a (paleo) king! :)
I wish I could get the same deals here. :(

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