We've all seen those tons of value stew right. They cost 49p each, as a dinner we'd need one each for the kids and 1 1/2 for me and hubby (we like our stew) so that would cost £3 for 12% mutton and lots of odd extras. So I make my own it's much nicer anyway :)
Meat £1.20 (half a pack I've used less than this in stew before.The rest is frozen for beef casarole)
potatoes 70p (again half the bag)
carrots 30p (i used 1/3 bag)
Total cost £2.60 so not cheaper at all when you take into account extra cooking, but hubby had seconds and we still had a portion left for lunch.
*these are all tesco value items except for the gravy and seasonings.
Slice it all up and pop it in a pan cover with water. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer for an hour. Once done stir in gravy to thicken it up. When dicing if you like a mushy gravy like me dice some of your carrots and potatoes really small.
This works great with no meat as I found out once when I forgot to add it!
This also cooks great in the slowcooker but you don't get the nice mushyness I like.
You can make this with tinned potatoes if you like.
I forgot to take any after picture but I'll add one in next time i make stew. Given the recent weather I'd say that will be pretty soon.