Substitute Cheaper Ingredients When Cooking

By substituting cheaper ingredients for expensive ones, you can save some dollars. Some cookie recipes may call for butter, when you can use half margarine and half butter. Or use less expensive nuts for example: walnuts for pecans.

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By Monique from Creighton, SK

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October 20, 20090 found this helpful

If making "Guinness Beef Stew" or other recipes involving stout, substitute the much-cheaper Latino soft drink called malta (available in urban supermarkets and at Hispanic markets). Malta runs about half a buck per bottle as opposed to $3-something for stout and is just as good for cooking purposes.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

I don't agree with this post. Yes, substituting cheaper ingredients for more expensive ones will definitely save money. However that wonderful recipe you are trying to duplicate will no-longer be the same.

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This may be a case of "pound wise/penny foolish".

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

You can also substitute plain yoghurt for butter.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

I don't agree either. This is like drinking cheaper wine. Not as good.

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

You really have to be careful and know your recipes in order to substitute ingredients. Sometimes it will change the flavor of the dish. Especially butter and margarine believe it or not!

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January 16, 20110 found this helpful

Quite apart from flavor, it is also important to consider lost nutrients and the addition of synthetic chemicals into the diet when making "thrifty" substitutions. They can have long term health consequences.

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