More With Less: Frugal and Budget Cooking

More With Less: Frugal and Budget Cooking

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Faith Durand
Dec 28, 2008
Economy and recession aside, we are always looking for ways to do more with less. Frugality often produces some of the best meals; when you limit yourself with constraints of budget or time you often find new creativity. See our post on la cucina povera for more of our philosophy here. Having said that, yes, many of you were more budget-conscious this year than ever before, and this was reflected in our content. We collected some of our favorite tips, recipes, and discussions on frugality and budget in the kitchen. Have another? Tell us, and we'll add it to this list in 2009. The posts referenced in the photos above are marked in bold below.

Budget Shopping

Cook's Resource: Simply in Season Produce GuideCooking from the 99-Cent Store: Eric Ripert Goes FrugalMore Grocery Gloom and Doom: Organic Sticker Shock in the New York TimesFinding Cheap Food in San FranciscoGood Reminder: Buy Spices from Bulk BinsSupermarket Saver: How Much to Pay for Olive OilHave You Ever Priced a Home-Cooked Meal?Saffron, Knives, Crêpe Pans, and Vanilla: What's Worth Spending Money On In the Kitchen?Conscientious Cook: How to Start Saving Money This WeekendCraigslist Saves You Bucks in the KitchenEat Cheap: Farmstands in the CountryHave You Ever Bought a Whole Pig? (Or Lamb, or Cow...)Farmer's Market Frugality: Harvest TimeNo-Spend Shopping: The Housewares SwapConscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in BulkTen Tips for Buying Everyday WinesPrice Check: Are You Buying Less Organic Food?Frugal Tip: Buy Marble Slabs For Candy Making From Home DepotMoney-Saving Tip: Buy Bone-In Meat

Budget Cooking

Mark Bittman on Minimizing MeatDoing More With Less: The Bagel and Lox EditionTips and Tricks: How to Avoid Wasting FoodThrifty Shopper: Ideas on Saving Money and Cooking with Minimal SpaceHow To: Use Up Overripe FruitHome Cooking: Laurie Colwin on Luxury and FrugalityWhat to Cook with Cheap Cuts of MeatConscientious Cook: The Cost of Running Kitchen AppliancesJacques Pépin Cooks Dinner for Six with $24Winter Wonderland Dinner for Eight on a $100 BudgetGood Question: How To Make DIY Instant Oatmeal?
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