Friday, 10 July 2009

UK Grocery Prices

For those of you looking for an idea of what basic food prices will cost you while you're in the UK, here are a few sample items for you. Obviously, we're in Edinburgh, so prices will vary depending on your exact location. Also,I tend to shop for the cheapest brand available--you can certainly spend a lot more if you want to. We do most of our shopping at Sainsbury's, simply because it's the closest, large grocery store to our flat. We also supplement with cheaper items from Iceland and independent, ethnic grocery stores. [Updated 10 May 2010]

Milk: £1.00/4 pints (So, £2.50 a gallon)
Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread: £1.00/loaf
Yogurt: £0.29 for four little pots
Butter: £0.85/250 grams (that's about a cup or two sticks)
Rice: Basmati-- £1.20/kilo Brown--£1.12/kilo
Beans (various): between £0.19 and £0.55/can
Cereal (Fruit & Fiber): £0.64/box (Muesli is £0.58/kilo)
Oatmeal: £0.70/kilo
Apples: (currently) £0.65/kilo (tends to be cheapest in summer months)
Bananas: £0.95/kilo
Vegetables: Usually between £1.68 and £3/kilo
Large Head of Lettuce: £1
Stewed Tomatoes: £0.33/can
Peanut Butter: £0.69/jar
Strawberry Jam: £0.33/jar
Cheddar Cheese: £5.00/kilo
Flour: £0.42/1.5 kilos
Meat: Varies. We can get a large, whole chicken for about £4.50. A bag of 8 small, frozen pork chops costs £2.79.

*Remember a kilo is 2.2 pounds.

If you want to know about specific items, let me know and I'll check them out for you next time I go to the grocery store.

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  1. Hi

    Its strange to find that a US blog helps me in rice prices :), thanks a lot.

    I am just curious to find if other varieties of rice are available and their prices.



  2. Happy to help! There are definitely plenty of varieties of rice here, though I don't know the prices off the top of my head. I'll be sure to take a look next time I'm doing my shopping!

  3. Okay, S.K., here's a bit more information. In short, I imagine you could find almost any kind of rice you want here--there are so many Asian food stores that would have all kinds of specialty types. Here is just a sampling from the standard super-market:

    Jasmine: £4.32/kilo
    White Long Grain: £1.28/kilo
    Basmati Brown: £1.63/kilo
    Brown: £1.12/kilo
    Arborio Risotto: £1.86/kilo
    Orzo: £1.52/kilo

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