What are some good ultra-cheap foods and foods you can't believe are so cheap?
Mackerel is the big one for me, it's less than £5/kg here which makes it cheaper than beef and pork and close to chicken when it's on sale.
That's because eggs are cheaper than tuna. Why are you comparing them on equal terms?
Yeah pork is nearly as cheap as chicken here, but I don't eat a lot of it because it's hard to get cheap lean cuts. I sometimes buy bellys and make my own bacon, but that's more for fun and taste than anything else.
The point was that they are an overall better buy than cans of tuna if price is a factor. You can cook more meals (assuming 5 eggs or 1 can of tuna is an average portion) with the eggs and they're also more universal in cooking.
While you probably can get more protein per dollar with what you mentioned, whey powder on it's own does not make a meal, and the quality of protein in plants is worse.
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The answer is sardines. They're 40p a can, literally half the price of a can of mackerel and cheaper than tuna
The thing about mackerel is you really have to be scrupulous about freshness - it goes off really quickly.
Here in the States you can find it smoked and canned, but you almost never see it fresh. Retailers have no incentive to stock a highly perishable fish that doesn't sell very well. Commercial fishermen I know who fish off the Northeast coast don't even bother bringing it when they catch it - they just cut it up and use it for bait. Which is a shame, because I love the stuff, and my only source is a commercial fisherman who knows I like it and will save a couple for me every now and then when it running and he remembers.
>discussing food prices on an international board
True, but mackerel is served as raw sushi. Outside of Japan I'd only order it at a very good place when I knew local mackerel was running and the fish had been pulled out of the sea that morning.