When a favorite recipe has one or two pricey ingredients, there just might be a less costly substitute that won’t change the flavor or texture of the final product. Here are several money saving recipe swap-out tricks that can help create the recipe at a lower overall cost.
Balsamic Vinegar Money Saving Swap-out Trick
When making a favorite salad dressing recipe that includes pricey balsamic vinegar, try this swap-out trick: For each tablespoon of balsamic vinegar needed for the recipe, mix one tablespoon of red wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon of sugar.
Greek Style Yogurt for Half the Price
If a recipe requires the consistency of Greek yogurt, make Greek style yogurt at home for about half the price. Line a strainer with several layers of paper towel and place the strainer over a bowl to catch excess liquid. Dump one quart of plain low-fat yogurt into the strainer, cover and store in the refrigerator overnight. All the excess liquid will drain out of the plain yogurt and leave behind a mass of thick, Greek style yogurt that has the perfect consistency for recipes or for eating straight out of the bowl with fresh fruit.
Swap Crabmeat for Canned Salmon and Save Money
Canned or lump crabmeat is expensive, a money saving swap-out is canned salmon. Instead of using crabmeat in crab cakes or crab salad recipes, use canned salmon. Canned salmon has almost the same consistency as lump crabmeat, is high in heart healthy omega-3s and the canned salmon cost much less.
Save Money by Using Canola Oil Instead of Olive Oil
Instead of sautéing recipe ingredients in olive oil, use canola oil and save money. Canola oil is about half the price of olive oil, can do any type of cooking that olive oil can do and it’s a heart healthy oil. Save the good olive oil for recipes which really require the flavor of olive oil like salad dressings and pasta dishes.
Swap Fresh Lemons for Crystallized Lemon Substitute
Fresh lemons are expensive, especially when the citrus fruit if out of season. When a recipe calls for fresh squeezed lemon juice, swap-out the fresh lemons for a crystallized lemon substitute, such as True Lemon. It provides the same tart lemon flavor in baking recipes, puddings, sauces and dressings as freshly squeezed lemon juice, but at a much cheaper price. Shelf stable lemon juice concentrate, such as Realemon, is also a cheaper swap-out for fresh lemon juice.
Don’t give up making a favorite family recipe because of the high cost of ingredients, look for recipe swap-out ingredients that create the same flavor and texture at a lower cost.