food substitutes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/17256/all en-US Mayonnaise: The Thrifty and Delicious Secret Ingredient Already in Your Fridge http://www.wisebread.com/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3944555485_b37a3f5441_z.jpg" alt="mayonnaise" title="mayonnaise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I was in college I had a boyfriend whose favorite food was mayonnaise.</p> <p>I know. That should have been a red flag right there.</p> <p>He was really good looking and charming, so I was able to overlook (or at least look away from) his habit of eating a condiment. Like it was some kind of savory pudding. Out of the jar with a spoon.</p> <p>We broke up for reasons not related to his depraved love of sandwich spread.</p> <p>It was soon after our breakup that I discovered that he'd left an opened, 128-ounce jar of mayonnaise in my refrigerator. If I hadn't been the poster child for starving students everywhere, I would have just thrown out the jar. However, at that point in my life, I was poor enough that I couldn't waste food for sentimental reasons. Any food.</p> <p>So I ate a gallon of mayonnaise.</p> <p>I did not eat it out of the jar. I instead went on the hunt for good mayonnaise recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-unexpected-home-uses-for-mayonnaise">10 Unexpected Home Uses for Mayonnaise</a>)</p> <h2>My First Favorite Mayonnaise Recipe</h2> <p>Luckily, one of my favorite dishes to make is Waldorf salad. The Waldorf salad, as the name implies, is a signature dish of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was invented not by the hotel's chef, but by its Maitre D', Oscar Tshirky, who was apparently a huge foodie.</p> <p>What follows is the recipe for Oscar's original salad as it was published in his cookbook &mdash; titled &quot;The Cook Book&quot; &mdash; in 1896.</p> <blockquote><p><strong>Waldorf Salad</strong></p> <p>Peel two raw apples and cut them into small pieces, say about half an inch square, also cut some celery the same way, and mix it with the apple. Be very careful not to let any seeds of the apples be mixed with it. The salad must be dressed with a good mayonnaise.</p> </blockquote> <p>I was surprised when I read this recipe because, in the last century, Waldorf salad recipes have become more and more byzantine with the addition of everything from nuts to shredded carrots. The original Waldorf salad is quite a thrifty and simple dish.</p> <h2>A Piece of Cake</h2> <p>Because I was poor, and mayonnaise's main ingredients are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">eggs</a> and oil, I used a lot of my ex's mayo as a cheap substitute for eggs in baking recipes. Today I substitute three tablespoons of mayonnaise for every egg the recipe calls for.</p> <p>Although I can now afford eggs, in my kitchen, mayonnaise is still a staple baking ingredient. Mayonnaise is the <a target="_blank" href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=702807">secret ingredient</a> in many <a target="_blank" href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chocolate-Mayonnaise-Cake-358241">chocolate cake recipes</a> because it <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hellmanns.com/recipes/detail/33270/1/chocolate-molten-lava-cakes">gives the cakes</a> a supple, moist texture.</p> <p>By the way, chocolate cake is extra yummy with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/bourbon-chocolate-frosting-recipe/index.html">bourbon chocolate frosting</a>. Secret ingredient? Mayonnaise.</p> <p>Even if you are a terrible cook, mayonnaise can give boxed cake mix that &quot;homemade&quot; flavor. This classic <a href="http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1734&amp;dat=19700213&amp;id=bY0bAAAAIBAJ&amp;sjid=UVEEAAAAIBAJ&amp;pg=4699,3184138">lemon pound cake recipe</a> that calls for yellow cake mix, instant lemon pudding mix, and mayonnaise is all over the Internet, but this version has the best vintage food commentary that promises, &quot;A secret ingredient that will cause a sensation at your next lunch or dinner party.&quot;</p> <p>Who doesn't want to cause a sensation at their next lunch party?</p> <h2>Some Other Favorite Mayo Recipes</h2> <p>Do you love chocolate chip cookie dough but worry endlessly about salmonella poisoning from raw eggs? <a target="_blank" href="http://rozannegold.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/cookie-surprise-dont-hold-the-mayo/">Use mayo instead</a>.</p> <p>Are chocolate chips out of your price range? Mayonnaise makes <a target="_blank" href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/16/139676968/not-your-mothers-snickerdoodles">yummy sugar cookies</a> that don't taste like homemade Play-Doh.</p> <p>My other favorite use of mayonnaise is for breading chicken for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-herbed-panko-chicken-recipes-from-the-kitchn-175983">Chicken Parmesan</a>. In addition to being the glue that holds the breadcrumbs together, it also makes the chicken extra juicy.</p> <p>Is breaded chicken not your thing? <a target="_blank" href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700212222/Secret-ingredient-in-chipotle-chicken-Mayonnaise.html">Mayonnaise and chipotle peppers</a> in adobo sauce make an <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-delicious-marinades">incredible marinade</a> for just about any meat.</p> <p>How I wish that Hellmann's had a website when I was in college (I'm old). Their <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hellmanns.com/recipes">mayo-centric recipe archive</a> is enormous.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to use mayonnaise?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mayonnaise-the-thrifty-and-delicious-secret-ingredient-already-in-your-fridge">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/win-your-next-potluck-with-one-of-these-23-cheap-easy-potluck-dishes">Win Your Next Potluck With One of These 23 Cheap, Easy Potluck Dishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cut-rate-condiments-homemade-mayo">Cut-Rate Condiments: Homemade Mayo</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-and-cheap-meals-for-one">14 Tasty and Cheap Meals for One</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-start-a-frugal-dinner-club">How to Start a Frugal Dinner Club</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-tasty-frugal-eggplant-recipes">14 Tasty, Frugal Eggplant Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink food substitutes frugal recipes mayonnaise Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:37:26 +0000 Max Wong 971319 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Foods You Should Make Yourself http://www.wisebread.com/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6778137292_5826b39cec_z.jpg" alt="hummus" title="hummus" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some food just tastes better when made at home. From soup cooking on a winter's day to chocolate chip cookies coming out of an oven, these edibles are just worth the extra expense and effort to make yourself.</p> <p>If you have the time &mdash; a commodity that is sometimes worth getting back by paying more for conveniences such as meal planning and having groceries delivered to your door &mdash; there's an added bonus to cooking at home: saving money. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-dinner-stress-pay-someone-to-plan-your-meals">Avoid Dinner Stress:&nbsp;Pay Someone to Plan Your Meals</a>)</p> <p>I've written before about products to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-you-shouldnt-buy-at-the-grocery-store" target="_blank">avoid buying at the grocery store</a> because they're too expensive and can be bought for less elsewhere, but there are also some groceries that aren't worth buying because they can be made a lot cheaper at home. They'll likely taste better, too, although you'll have the hassles of preparation, cleanup, and possibly having to make a few trips to the supermarket for missing pantry items.</p> <p>Here are 13 foods that are worth making yourself at home that will save you money (but probably not time).</p> <h2>1. Sandwiches</h2> <p>This is where I often get too lazy and rely on the deli counter at Safeway, Togos, or elsewhere. It probably takes me more time to get to the sandwich shop and have them make it than if I made it at home myself, but laziness and a lack of planning on my part too often lead me down this path.</p> <p>Having fresh <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">sandwich</a> items in the refrigerator takes some planning, and the bread at Panera is a tempting treat. Before heading out on a recent family trip to the zoo, we stopped at a Panera and paid more than $20 for three sandwiches and a drink to take with us. Ouch.</p> <h2>2. Applesauce</h2> <p>Apples are inexpensive at the farmers market this time of year, so stocking up on cheap apples is easy. But then you've got to peel, slice, and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sarahs-applesauce/">cook</a> them. The smell of apples simmering on a stove is worth the effort, and it's cheaper and tastier than applesauce from the store.</p> <h2>3. Hummus and Other Dips</h2> <p>Cooking with <a href="http://applesandarteries.com/2013/02/06/red-lentil-dip/" target="_blank">beans, spices, and vinegar can cost about $1.50</a> per container versus $4 for store-bought hummus, says Nicole Truog, who blogs about eating healthy. And like everything else you make yourself, you'll know the exact ingredients that are going into it.</p> <h2>4. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>This may not be for everyone, since the taste of homemade may not be to your liking. But it is cheaper. With some peanuts, oil, honey, and five minutes of time, you can make <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">homemade peanut butter</a> that your kids will love and can help make. Forget $5 jars of peanut butter from the store.</p> <h2>5. Smoothies and Protein Drinks</h2> <p>If you buy one of these at Jamba Juice or some other juice place, expect to pay $5 or so. Comedian <a href="http://www.comedianjim.com/" target="_blank">Jim Dailakis</a> says he makes a <a href="http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Homemade-Protein-Shake-Without-Protein-Powder">protein drink</a> at home with about 50 cents worth of ingredients, including fruit, milk, wheat germ, and nutritional yeast. <a href="http://perfectsmoothie.com/how-to-make-a-smoothie">Smoothies</a> are easy to make too.</p> <h2>6. Bacon</h2> <p>This sounds like a stretch, but if you've got the time (a week), a grill, and can get some specialized ingredients such as curing salt and five pounds of fresh pork belly, then you'll appreciate the better taste and cost savings of making bacon at home. Personal chef Demetra Overton has a <a href="http://sweetsavant.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/the-bacon-project-part-ii/" target="_blank">bacon recipe</a> that she says costs less than $2.99 per pound to make, compared with buying bacon at $6 or more per pound at the grocery store. Go ahead, impress your family with your bacon-making skills.</p> <h2>7. Beans and Grains</h2> <p>Pressure cooking expert and registered dietician <a href="http://www.theveggiequeen.com/recipes.html" target="_blank">Jill Nussinow</a> says she cooks <a href="http://localfoods.about.com/od/preparationtips/qt/How-To-Cook-Beans.htm">beans</a> and rice with a pressure cooker to save time and money, saving 25 to 40% of the cost of the least expensive organic canned beans, and at least half the cost of frozen or packaged cooked rice by cooking brown rice at home.</p> <h2>8. Soup</h2> <p>Nussinow, Truog, and many others agree that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" target="_blank">soup is a big way to save</a>. Nussinow says she can make a quart of soup for $2.50, compared to $8 to $10 a quart at the store. Check almost any cookbook you have at home, and you'll probably find dozens of soup recipes.</p> <h2>9. Almond Milk</h2> <p>Marissa Vicario says she makes non-dairy milk such as almond or oat milk for about half the cost of what it is in the store. Her <a href="http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5147/How-to-Make-Almond-Milk-in-4-Easy-Steps.html" target="_blank">almond milk recipe</a> is simple but takes two to four hours to soak the ingredients beforehand. A pound of organic almonds is about $10 (non-organic are less) and is enough to make 24 to 32 ounces of almond milk, Vicario says. She adds her own flavorings, such as vanilla and sea salt, and avoids the additives, sweeteners, and emulsifiers added to the store brands.</p> <h2>10. Salad Dressing</h2> <p>This is so easy you'll wonder why you ever bought a jar of salad dressing from a store. Buy a bottle of good balsamic vinegar and some type of oil, and in 30 seconds you've got a dressing. If that's not good enough, wait until April when <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Vinaigrettes-Other-Dressings-Sensational-recipes/dp/155832805X" target="_blank">Michele Anna Jordan's book </a>on vinaigrettes comes out.</p> <h2>11. Pasta Sauce</h2> <p>Instead of buying a jar of premade pasta sauce, either make it at home with fresh ingredients or do what supermarket expert Phil Lempert does&nbsp;&mdash; combine a can of <a href="http://www.supermarketguru.com/recipes/steal-this-recipe%C2%AE-house-made-tomato-sauce-and-meatballs-frasca-food-and-wine,-boulder,-co.html" target="_blank">crushed tomatoes with olive oil</a> and a few other pantry items.</p> <h2>12. Salsa</h2> <p>Using fresh ingredients from a <a href="http://www.moneycrashers.com/local-farmers-market-shopping/" target="_blank">farmers market</a>, Andrew Schrage of Money Crashers says he saved about $8 by making tomato sauce and salsa simultaneously. Schrage made four pints of salsa and a gallon of tomato sauce for about $16.</p> <h2>13. Hash Browns</h2> <p>Registered dietician <a href="http://all-diets-work.com/" target="_blank">Jen Brewer</a>, who blogs about food and motherhood, says she saves by making hash browns at home when she finds potatoes on sale. Brewer bakes the potatoes, lets them cool overnight in the refrigerator, and the next day gets her kids to peel them so she can shred them. She puts four cups of shredded potatoes in a freezer bag, getting about six bags for $1.60, compared to $2 to $3 for one bag at the store. If those don't fit your tastebuds, there are many other <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/crispy_hash_browns/">hash brown recipes</a> to pick from.</p> <p><em>What dishes do you cook at home to save money?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/aaron-crowe">Aaron Crowe</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-foods-you-should-make-yourself">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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