Learn The Cost Of Your Ingredients
Learn the cost of your ingredients so you’re buying wisely. The cost of ingredients fluctuate seasonally, and they vary depending on where you live in this world. We have free tutorials showing you how to cost-out your ingredients and how to cost out your recipes. Feel free to use our chart (below) as an example. You can save a lot of money knowing which store to buy each ingredient from; and learn how buying in different volumes can drastically affect your cost.
Be Aware Of The Differences In Prices
- Look at the very first ingredient on our list, almond paste. There are three examples of the same product, American Almond brand almond paste sold at three different stores. If you purchase it in a seven pound can from Restaurant Depot it’s only twenty-four cents per ounce. But if you buy it at your local grocery store like Meijer it’s more than double the cost. Meijer sells American Almond, almond paste for fifty-four cents an ounce.
- Fresh raspberries are twice the price of frozen IQF raspberries. If you are making a raspberry sauce or mousse, you’d be foolish not to buy the frozen berries.
- Fresh strawberries and other berries purchased at Aldi are approximately half the price of all other retail stores. They are even cheaper than the big wholesale club stores.
- Semi-sweet chocolate from Trader Joe’s is $3.19 per pound versus $4.93 from Sotiros (a wholesale bakery distributor in Chicago).
- Dark sweet cherries from Meijer is twenty-two cents per ounce, but the same (if not better quality) cherries are sold at Trader Joe’s for twelve cents per ounce.
Take a photograph of your price chart and keep it on your phone when you go shopping. It helps you decide while your shopping if something is selling at a good or bad price.