Is buying Supermarket’s Basic brand
A good way of saving money?
The Own Brand Dish!
Well Known Brands, from the supermarket!
I was set a challenge to cook two dishes, so I decided to cook two variations of Cottage pie using different ingredients in each of them,Own Brand Vs Branded.
Everyone in my family enjoys this dish and it is pretty simple and easy to make.
I went to my local mainstream supermarket with my little shopping list. I had to buy everything to make Cottage pie for four people purchasing only well known products.
I then had to purchase all the ingredients again, but this time using only the stores own & value brands.
Did I notice a difference in the ingredients?
This is a very easy question to answer, Yes.
The difference in the meat quality was obvious straight away, the value meat looked paler and was much fattier than the branded pack, even though they were both named lean minced beef.
When I was browning the store’s own brand meat in a frying pan, I noticed just how hard I found it to break the meat down.
I believe this was due to the additional fat compared to the branded mince meat.
I didn’t notice too much difference with the canned vegetables or the potatoes, which is a good thing.
The Finished Product
Once both cottage pies were ready to consume by my hungry bunch, the appearance of them both was practically identical. The next step now will be the Taste test, lets see how these two dishes compare.
The Branded products cottage pie version.
Stores own Cottage pie.
Which one did my Family prefer?
They did enjoy both of the Cottage pies, no plate was left clean. The favourite of my husband and two boy’s was without a doubt the Cottage pie cooked with the Famous brand ingredients. It cooked better and beat the value brands cottage pie in taste and texture, the gravy in this dish was richer and thicker and the meat content had far more taste.
The difference in price between the dishes was £3.67, so if the cost of your weekly shop is increasingly rising and you want to try to lower the cost, this is a great way to try.
“Everyone should try the downshift challenge: swap one brand lower on everything and see if you notice the difference. If you don’t, great. If you do, swap back. It’s a no-brainer.”
Who is the Winner of Own Brand Vs Branded in this round.
Well, although the own brand product’s held their own the branded products have won in our household this time!
I would love to hear your comments!
Had you ever compared dishes made with own brand and then known brand products?
How did this turn out? What shall I try giving the boys next?
Please leave your comments below, I will compare as many dishes as possible.
I was inspired to write this post by Debt Free Direct’s thrifty blog about money-saving tips – Making Money Go Further