A Guide To Money-Saving Ingredient Swaps

Posted on Dec 12 2014 - 9:24am by Alexandra Ashton


It is not easy to choose what you will prepare for lunch, especially since a bunch of recipes requests ingredients that most people do not have in the pantry. You often get surprised when reading these recipes because you don’t even know what some of these ingredients even are. By being scared to even try these recipes, you are missing tasty experiences. You don’t have to waste your money on buying expensive ingredients because you can substitute them with some cheaper ingredients. Did you know that you can use Porcini mushrooms to replace English black truffles and save up to £740 per kilo? Truffles are so expensive because its natural habitat is threatened so they are not easy to find. By using Porcini mushrooms you will get the same flavour, just not as intense as with truffles. For £740 you will learn to deal with it, right?

Who even remembers to buy saffron when strolling in the supermarket, just in case one day you will be able to use it? Did you know you know that a kilogram of saffron costs 9,000 pounds? Yes, you won’t need the whole kilo but that still is a large sum to spend on spice. Have you ever wondered why saffron is that expensive? It takes a lot of labour in order to produce it. Did you know that around 150,000 crocus flowers need to be handpicked to get one kilo of saffron? Don’t give up on some great recipe, just because it requires expensive ingredients. In most cases, you will be able to find some cheaper but just as good alternative. You can use Turmeric to substitute saffron and get the same colouring for the lower price. There is huge difference in paying £9,000 or £48 for kilo, right? In this useful infographic get more great ideas for ingredient swaps that will save your money.


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Alexandra Ashton, Communications at Neomam Studios , the UK based Infographic Agency. Alexandra is a content and design enthusiast with a keen eye for detail.