Shoppers turn to offal and tripe to make ends meet

Oh you are offal… but I like you: Cash-strapped shoppers turn to cheap cuts and tripe to make ends meet

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19:10 GMT, 5 October 2012

Cheeks, liver, heart, tongue- no it's not a lesson in anatomy, but some of the most popular cuts of meat flying off the shelves at our butcher's shops.

In a bid to make ends meet, shoppers are turning to offal to feed their families.

Sales of cheaper cuts – including pigs' trotters and ears- have rocketed by 24 per cent during the past year, with one in four households reportedly eating them every month.

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Offal, tripe and liver sales are on the rise as cash-strapped families look for a meat alternative

Offal, tripe and liver sales are on the rise as cash-strapped families look for a meat alternative

The Real Lancashire Black Pudding Company has experienced a boom in sales.

Tripe, in particular, has proved its biggest hit, with sales up 300 per cent.

As well as being cheap and tasty, offal is full of iron and protein and its renewed popularity means that less meat is going to waste on farms.

Chefs have been championing its use and it has since increased in popularity

Chefs have been championing its use and it has since increased in popularity

Richard Stevenson, of the National Federation of Meat and Food Traders, added that the demand for offal is partly due to the economic downturn and the fact that celebrity chefs, such as Heston Blumenthal, have been championing it.

'People are simply rediscovering it,; he added.

So there you have it- it's good for you and your wallet.

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