More With Less: Frugal and Budget Cooking

Best of 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 Guide

Cooking from the 99-Cent Store: Eric Ripert Goes Frugal

More Grocery Gloom and Doom: Organic Sticker Shock in the New York Times

Finding Cheap Food in San Francisco

Good Reminder: Buy Spices from Bulk Bins

Supermarket Saver: How Much to Pay for Olive Oil

Have 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 Weekend

Craigslist Saves You Bucks in the Kitchen

Eat Cheap: Farmstands in the Country

Have You Ever Bought a Whole Pig? (Or Lamb, or Cow...)

Farmer's Market Frugality: Harvest Time

No-Spend Shopping: The Housewares Swap

Conscientious Cook: Which Foods to Buy in Bulk

Ten Tips for Buying Everyday Wines

Price Check: Are You Buying Less Organic Food?

Frugal Tip: Buy Marble Slabs For Candy Making From Home Depot

Money-Saving Tip: Buy Bone-In Meat

Budget Cooking

Mark Bittman on Minimizing Meat

Doing More With Less: The Bagel and Lox Edition

Tips and Tricks: How to Avoid Wasting Food

Thrifty Shopper: Ideas on Saving Money and Cooking with Minimal Space

How To: Use Up Overripe Fruit

Home Cooking: Laurie Colwin on Luxury and Frugality

What to Cook with Cheap Cuts of Meat

Conscientious Cook: The Cost of Running Kitchen Appliances

Jacques Pépin Cooks Dinner for Six with $24

Winter Wonderland Dinner for Eight on a $100 Budget

Good Question: How To Make DIY Instant Oatmeal?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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