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Thrifty Cuts

It’s almost eleven years since we launched Godfreys Thrifty Cuts.

Since then the range of Thrifty Cuts has grown hugely - as has the popularity of these Cuts 

Much copied - but rarely rivalled

Now much copied - but very rarely rivalled.

Thrifty Cuts seem to have chimed not only with popularity of a thrifty and less wasteful approach to food - but also to those with a growing appetite to try these traditional - almost bygone Cuts - packed with flavour and character

Our own Edwardian roots

Many Thrifty Cuts date back to our own Edwardian roots - and even earlier - and they bring back the tastes, flavours and textures that made them so popular in the first place - to be enjoyed by new generations - although in our family they were never lost in the first place

Expensive Cuts need not be the most succulent

The most Expensive Cuts need not be the most succulent - nor only those bursting with good old fashioned, mouth-watering flavours and textures.

Immaculate provenance

Free Range Premium Quality Meat raised with immaculate provenance, in stress-free rearing environments, and fed on only additive-free diets - yield superb tastes and textures - yet do remember that our most expensive Cuts and Thrifty Cuts do come from the same animal.
Thrifty Cuts tend to be from harder-working muscles with more sinew and sometimes more fat and bone - one of the reasons they are cheaper - but also why they are so very tasty. 

Cutting a Thrifty Cut

Knowing how to cut a Thrifty Cut properly is almost as difficult as sourcing it

A Premium Quality Master Butcher will have the skills to break down Cuts like a Rump into individual muscles. 

Some of the muscles will eat like a Fillet and others will need a bit more chewing. 

That's why the Rump Steak that most butchers cut across the three main muscles can sometimes appear chewy.

Cooking evenly

Another example of the importance of the Cut is when buying Thrifty diced Meat for a Pie or Stew - it should be from one Cut or muscle, so it cooks evenly. 

When you cook it and taste a piece to see if it's done it may well appear tender, but in amongst the rest of the Meat may be all of the other muscles which will take longer to cook.

So skill, expertise and knowledge are just as important to a Godfreys Premium Quality Thrifty Cut as is the animal’s upbringing and provenance.

Hard work in the kitchen?

Many people assume that getting the best from Thrifty Cuts is going to be hard work in the kitchen - but it need not be. 

You just have to know what to ask for - and what to do with it. 

The best choice

Cooking usually requires to be low and slow in the oven. But with some Thrifty Cuts sometimes the barbecue, grill or frying pan are the best choice.

Here at Godfreys with five generations of experience, we treasure some of the thriftiest Cuts - as the best Cuts.

Less cost

In recent years we have all become more cost conscious. 

And now with the Cost of Living Crisis bearing heavily down on home budgets – there has never been a better time to enjoy our Thrifty Cuts

Even more Cost Savings

For even more Cost, Time and Energy savings - see our Slow Cooker Feature – which teams up our Thrifty Cuts - with a myriad of Slow Cooker Recipes - to make even more multiple Cost and time savings!
That’s real daily Cost Savings – with no compromise on provenance or Premium Quality

It makes sense to be careful with our home economics and sometimes mix some of the more indulgent expensive Cuts with different Cuts of the animal that are equally sumptuously textured and flavoured - but at considerably less cost. 

Supermarkets can only dream!

Many of these Thrifty Cuts may be difficult to find as they come from smaller, specialist, usually family-run farms. 

These are Cuts which supermarkets with their mass supply requirements can only dream of sourcing and supplying.
However once you have tasted them - there is probably no going back!

The good news

Each Thrifty Cut has impeccable Free Range rearing credentials, mouth watering textures and explosions of tastes 

And the good news is - you can enjoy new culinary adventures and taste experiences every day - without breaking the weekly household budget.
Here are a few simple ideas to hopefully inspire you to explore the joy of Godfreys Thrifty Cuts - and help cut down on the food budget 

We have tried to give as broad a choice of Thrifty Cuts that cover both the obvious - and the less well known


• Onglet Steak with Black Garlic Butter & Silverbeet - by Skye Gyngell
A recipe filled with flavour by Michelin-starred Chef, Skye Gyngell who proves time-and-time again that slow- cooking is a nice, simple way of cooking.
Preparation/Cooking time 1 hr 45 mins. Click here for Beef Onglet Steak
(Click here for recipe)


• Fall Off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs
Fall off the Bone Slow Cooker Short Ribs is a perfect hearty, satisfying, and savoury dinner. Full of flavour and fork tender succulent Beef, it's a meal worth coming home to.
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 8 hrs. Click here for Beef Short Ribs
(Click here for recipe)

• Pot-roasted Brisket in Beer with Parsnips & Mushrooms
One pot comfort food, ideal served with Mash to soak up the Gravy
Preparation time 25-35 mins : Cooking time 2 hrs 15 mins - 3 hrs. Click here for Rolled Brisket, Dijon Mustard
(Click here for recipe)

• Chinese Braised Beef with Ginger
Slow cooking Beef Shin or Brisket in Asian aromatic Spices gives a melt-in-the-mouth main course that's delicious with steamed Rice and crisp stir-fried Vegetables. Freezable
Preparation time 35 mins : Cooking time 3 hrs. Click here for Shin of Beef, Fresh Beef Stock
(Click here for recipe)

• Portuguese Braised Steak & Onions - By Barney Desmazery
In Portugal this braise would be served with fried Potatoes or Rice, but it goes just as well with a pillow of buttery Mash. Freezable
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 2 hrs 20 mins . Click here for Braising Steak
(Click here for recipe)

• Chinese-style Braised Beef One-Pot - by Jane Hornby
Great for casual entertaining, when you fancy a warming Beef Stew but with some more vibrant flavours. Freezable
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 2hrs 30 mins. Click here for Ox Cheeks
(Click here for recipe)

• Devilled Cheek & Kidney Pot Pie - By Barney Desmazery
Try Beef Cheek and Lamb or Ox Kidney is this sumptuous Pie with homemade Pastry. Use a piece of Bone Marrow as a Pie funnel - it's a talking point!
Preparation time 50 mins : Cooking time 3 hrs. Click here for Ox Cheeks, Ox Kidneys, Tamworth Smoked Streaky Bacon, Marrowbone Tunnels, Fresh Beef Stock
(Click here for recipe)

• Braised Lamb Neck  - By Linda Schneider
Inexpensive Cuts of Meat, like Lamb’s Neck, are best when braised low and slow. With a little love and coaxing, you can transform it into the most flavourful, buttery, and fork-tender piece of Meat.
Preparation/ Cooking time 2 hrs 20 mins. Click here for Middle Neck of Lamb
(Click here for recipe)

• Lamb Shank Cassoulet - by Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay’s Lamb Shank Cassoulet recipe is the kind of dish he’d serve at home - it’s the perfect winter warmer.
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 3 - 3hrs 30 mins. Click here for Lamb Shanks
(Click here for recipe)

• Breast of Lamb with Broccoli, Anchovy & Caper Dressing - by Tom Kerridge
Lamb Breast is a great make-ahead dinner where slow-cooking turns a Thrifty cut of meat into a luxury
Preparation time Overnight : Cooking time 2 hrs. Click here for Breast of Lamb
(Click here for recipe)

• Herb-stuffed Rolled Lamb Breast
Roll this great value Cut of Lamb with Mustard and Herbs then bake until soft and tender so it falls apart into the White Wine Onion Gravy
Preparation/Cooking time 4 hrs. Click here for Breast of Lamb - ask us to bone it out
(Click here for recipe)

• New Potato, Chicken & Tarragon Casserole
This new Potato, Chicken and Tarragon Casserole is a great one-pot to feed the family. It's ready in an hour and under 500 calories - perfect for midweek
Preparation/Cooking time 1hr.. Click here for Chicken Thighs
(Click here for recipe)

• Spanish Beans with Chicken & Chorizo - By Mary Cadogan
This dish is great for a casual get-together, just plonk it on the table with a big Salad and Bread and it's done. Freezable. 
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 1 hr 20 mins - plus soaking. Click here for Chicken Thighs, Chorizo Rosario Sausages
(Click here for recipe)

• Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters - By Diana Rattray
Tender, juicy roasted Chicken Leg Quarters are not only easy to prepare and delicious, but they're also easy on the budget. The dark Meat takes well to roasting and yields moist and flavourful Chicken. Serve this tasty Chicken with mashed or roasted Potatoes and your favourite Vegetable dish or Salad for a memorable family Meal or Sunday Dinner. 
Preparation time 15 mins : Cooking time 45 mins. Click here for Whole Chicken Legs.
(Click here for recipe)

• Chicken Madras - by Elena Silcock
Ditch the takeaway menu and cook our healthy Chicken Madras Curry instead. This simple family dinner is full of fragrant Spices and tender pieces of Chicken. Gluten-free. Healthy
Preparation time 20 mins : Cooking time 35 mins. Click here for Hand-Diced Chicken
(Click here for recipe)

• British Pork Cassoulet - by Gary Rhodes
No-nonsense hearty meal from the late, great Gary Rhodes that needs little or no side dishes - a great family meal. Freezable.
Preparation time 35 mins : Cooking time 1 hr and 30 mins. Click here for Lincolnshire Sausages
(Click here for recipe)

• Chorizo Sausages with Pumpkin & Potato Mash - by Phoebe Wood
We're willing to bet Sausage and Mash has never looked this good before.
Preparation/Cooking time 45 mins. Click here for Chorizo Rosario Sausages
(Click here for recipe)

• Rebocado (Pork Neck & Purslane Stew)
This slow-cooked Stew of Pork, Chillies, and peppery Purslane is best eaten with warm Flour Tortillas.  
Preparation/Cooking time 2 hrs 30 mins. Click here for Pork Collar Steaks
(Click here for recipe)

• Slow Cooker Ribs - By Caroline Hire
Slow cooking is the perfect way to get tender melt-in-the-mouth Pork Ribs, simply throw everything in the slow cooker, then finish off in the oven. 
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 8-9 hrs. Click here for Rack of Pork Ribs, Mississippi Barbecue Sauce
(Click here for recipe)

• Sticky Slow-Roast Belly of Pork - by James Martin
Pork Belly is a relatively cheap Cut of Meat, making this an affordable roast to feed a crowd
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 3 hrs 30 mins. Click here for Belly of Pork
(Click here for recipe)

• Crisp Chinese Pork - by Barney Desmazery
Belly is the cheapest Pork roasting joint and, as it’s rich, a little goes a long way, making it perfect for Sundays - with always the possibility of Leftovers
Preparation time 10 mins - plus at least 2 hrs salting : Cooking time1 hr 30 mins -2 hrs. Click here for Belly of Pork
(Click here for recipe)

• Country Terrine with Black Pepper & Thyme - by Sara Buenfeld
A rustic Terrine with French Toasts makes an excellent starter for a special meal and it costs very little to make. Freezable
Preparation time 20 mins - plus overnight chilling : Cooking time 1 hr 30 mins. Click here for Chicken Livers, Belly of Pork, Tamworth Smoked Streaky Bacon
(Click here for recipe)

• Sherry-braised Pork Cheeks - Caroline Hire
Cook this offcut of Pork in a Spanish-inspired Sauce of sweet Sherry, Cumin, Paprika, Parsley and Almonds - it's a great addition to a Tapas spread
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 2 hrs 15 mins. Click here for Pigs Cheeks, Fresh Beef Stock
(Click here for recipe)

• Slow Cooker Honey Roast Ham - by Justine Pattison
How to cook Ham in the Slow Cooker with zero effort. Then get it in the oven, slathered in Mustard, Honey and Sugar, to crisp up. Irresistible.
Preparation time less than 30 mins : Cooking time over 2 hrs. Click here for Smoked Boneless Gammon, Unsmoked Boneless Gammon
(Click here for recipe)

• Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole  - by Dannii
A hearty Sausage Casserole is always a family favourite and total comfort food. A great way to add some extra Vegetables to your family's diet This Slow Cooker Sausage Casserole is quick and simple to prepare and great for batch cooking and freezing. 
Preparation time 10 mins : Cooking time 4 hrs. Click here for Directors Sausages, Original Lincolnshire Sausages, Lincolnshire Sausages
(Click here for recipe)

So whether you choose one of the recipes above - or are just inspired to explore further Winter Thrifty Cut recipes - we hope we have given you much food for thought

Now live and fresh Online

The full Godfreys Thrifty Cut range for January is now live below - or at www.godfreys.co

Give it a Click

So why not give it a Click - and experience a whole new way to enjoy Godfreys Thrifty Cut Free Range Premium Meats and Poultry - all week – or month long - by ordering from the comfort of you own home - or workplace - at a time that is convenient to you

We do the rest - be it if you would prefer delivery direct to your door Nationwide - or at our Click and Collect Points in Highbury or Finsbury Park.  

Bon Appétit!

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