FEEDING your children can be expensive for some families, especially if you have 22 children like Sue and Noel Radford.
Britain’s largest family, which doesn’t rely on fringe benefits, has a number of thrifty tips when it comes to cooking meals for their huge brood.
The Radfords support each other with recipes from the Noel bakery, located in Morecombe, Lancashire.
They have amassed over 229,000 YouTube subscribers through their videos, a number of which show how they “cook on a budget”.
Here’s how Sue, 45, and Noel, 49, manage to reduce their food bills every week …
All children eat the same meal
Noel and Sue have many mouths to feed as they are parents to Chris, 31, Sophie, 25, Chloe, 24, Jack, 22, Daniel, 20, Millie, 19, Luke, 19, Katie , 17, James, 16, Ellie, 15, Aimee, 14, Josh, 12, Max, 11, Tillie, nine, Oscar, eight, Casper, seven, Hallie, four, Phoebe , three, Archie, two, Bonnie, one, and Heidie who was born in April.
Sue said Closer: “We don’t really have gourmands, we cook an evening meal and they have to eat what is in front of them.
“We’re lucky we don’t have picky eaters because there’s no way we’re wasting cooking two or three meals a night. “
One of Sue’s best tips for keeping prices low is to plan ahead and buy in bulk.
She added, “We buy things like laundry, toilet rolls in bulk and we buy things and see what’s on offer. It’s about planning and being notified.
“I go out and shop everyday which saves me a lot of money. We also buy things from our local vegetarian and we also use our local butcher because we find it to be a lot cheaper. . “
30 p meal
Noel often posts videos on YouTube showing how he cooks dishes such as stews and pastries for 30 or 40 pence per person.
One of the delicious recipes was a ham and potato bake.
Christmas said on Youtube: “What we’re going to do today is a simple potato pancake. He can be vegetarian if you want, I have some gammon left from the weekend.
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Not surprisingly for a family that earns their money from a pie business, the pastry dish is often a staple in their household.
Noel, recently shared a photo of the bumper pie he made for dinner.
He wrote on Instagram: “Regular pie versus family pie for us. “
Sue has previously discussed how much she enjoys shopping online.
She told the Star: “We are always looking for the best deals online.
“It’s worth making sure you get the best deals on your utilities and taking advantage of the good deals when you can. “
Bulk meal with pasta
With many dependent children, the Radfords say pasta often helps ensure a meal stretches out longer.
Speaking to Mail, Noel said, “We love pasta and will use up to three 500g bags per meal. Or we’ll have a big chicken stew or pork chops. With such a large family, you have to be savvy and shop around.
“Our shopping bill is around £ 250 per week, but we are lucky enough to get a good deal from a butcher we use in the bakery and a local vegetable delivery man.
“We will have two big bags of apples a day, eight bananas and a bag of oranges.
Sue said the family try to avoid spending money at expensive restaurants and instead bring their own food to outings.
The busy mom said: “We make tons of sandwiches and just take a packed lunch with us because if we eat out it can be very expensive.”
TOP RADFORD RECIPE
Cheese Cauliflower Pasta with Crispy Topping
- 50g plain flour
- Grated matured cheddar cheese
- 350g of macaroni pasta
- 1 packet of ready-to-use salted crisps
- 500 ml of milk
- Grated parmesan cheese
- 50g tablespoons of butter
- ¼ onion, halved
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 cauliflower
Start by boiling your macaroni.
To make the “dead simple” cheese sauce, heat your butter in a saucepan until melted, then stir in all four, stirring until combined to form a roux.
Once your roux is formed, start to incorporate the milk little by little until it is completely combined.
Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes, adding your onion and garlic.
Once cooked, drain your macaroni, retaining the water for cooking your cauliflower.
Cut the cauliflower into small pieces, then place it in the batter water, cover and cook over medium / high heat.
Remove the onion and garlic from your sauce and throw them away.
Gradually add your cheese, stirring to make sure it melts. Noel says it’s up to you to decide how much cheese you add based on how much strength you want to give it.
Place your macaroni in a baking dish, drain the cauliflower and mix it with the pasta, then cover with the sauce, stirring so that everything is well covered.
Crush ready-to-use salted crisps by sprinkling on top of pasta cooking along with some extra grated cheddar and Parmesan cheese.
Place in the oven for about 20 minutes.
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