I've been reading the Tightwad Gazette lately. I checked it out from the library a couple of weeks after Kevin lost his job in hopes of finding some new ideas for saving some extra money. There are lots of tips in that book, some a little too far-reaching for me, but many of them make sense and many of them I was already doing.
Anyway, I've found a few cooking-related ways of saving a few extra pennies here and there that could be useful and I plan to try them out. So I thought I'd share them here on the blog for others. I'm only about a third of the way through the book, so if I come across more tips, I'll post them as well.
- Sub 1 Tablespoon soy flour plus 1 Tablespoon water for 1 egg (the author tested this in baked goods and in meatloaf and did not come across any differences)
- Use powdered milk
- Add 1 Tablespoon wheat germ to white flour for wheat flour
- Save half the sugar usage in baking by using baking soda to neutralize the acid in fruit pies, cobblers, crisps, fruit cakes, and fruit salads. Use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon baking soda and half the amount of sugar needed in the recipe. (This was tested by the author and some things actually tasted sweeter when using this tip)
- Save butter wrappers. Keep them in the fridge and use them when you need to grease a pan, then throw it out.