From the article: Top 10 Ways to Save Money on Middle Eastern Food
In today's economy, food prices have gone up and it may be difficult to feel we're cooking healthy and tasty meals the way we want to. Maybe you find yourself clipping coupons more often, or switching to store brands. Maybe you buy only what is on sale or buy in bulk to save. What are some ways in which you save money and cook within your budget? Share Your Tips
For specialty ingredients...
- For me, there are a lot of specialty ingredients that I couldn't afford to buy from a big chain supermarket. However, a lot of these ingredients can be bought for much more reasonable prices at hole-in-the-wall ethnic markets. I get all of my spices, sauces, and flavorings from small, local Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Hispanic food stores for bundles less than they'd be at any large chain supermarket; giving me the option to liberally spice my dishes rather than having to conserve whatever precious small amount o spice or oil I could afford at a chain supermarket.
- —Guest Katie
- I like to check out all the local grocers for the best deals and now that it is in season check out farmers markets.... Lots of local and that is the best way to support the local growers. Lots of good cooking.
- —Guest firstname.lastname@example.org
Lamb too expensive
- Can't do without the flavor of lamb, but can't afford it! Found goat is an affordable 'not that much difference in taste'.
- —Guest ishima1
- w/r/t lemon juice. I only use the bottled stuff if it's not something that will stand out in a dish. Otherwise I think it's too bitter. Buy lemons when they're on sale, zest them and freeze the zest in a zip bag. Juice the lemons and pour into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you've got a 2 tablespoon ice cube of lemon juice that you can freeze in a bag. Works on limes, too. If you're really industrious or you found a great deal on lemons, you can spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and pour the juice in there. Those are about 1/4 cup cubes.
- —Guest Donna