I bought half a kilo of beef shin which is the cheapest beef you can get and also the same amount in weight of lamb’s kidneys. I decored the kidneys and rolled them in flour with plenty of salt and pepper and then cut the beef into large cubes and also rolled them in flour with salt and pepper. I browned the beef and kidneys and placed them into the slow cooker. I also fried two large onions and six large mushrooms that I had quartered. (Costs Beef £2.50, Kidneys £1.50, mushrooms 50p, onions 15p, lard/marg 40p, flour 3p, tomato puree 25p, stock cube 4p – total £5.37)
I combined the beef, kidneys, onions, mushrooms, small tin of tomato puree, one stock cube and a pint of water in the slow cooker and left it for almost 12 hours.
The next morning I made pastry and reused some pie dishes that I have used many times before and made 5 individual pies and one large one which will serve us for two meals.
I glazed them with egg and baked them in a hot oven for 30 minutes, peeled some carrots and cooked some frozen peas. So nine portions of pie which means I made pies that are full of real meat and no additives for 59p each and they were totally delicious and I know I have another five pies in the freezer for another day.