Indulging in food is one of life’s great pleasures. But, indulgences can be expensive, and are often the first thing to get booted out of our budget when we need to save money. Latte at work? Nixed, to save $70/month. Pizza delivery every Friday night? Nixed, to save $100/month. Make enough of these budget cuts and I start to feel deprived. That’s why I seize upon indulgences that happen to be inexpensive- they allow me to experience something decadent, without hurting my wallet too much. I guess I would call them frugal indulgences. One of them is candied walnuts- they are truly decadent, and it costs about half as much to make them at home than to buy them at the store.
Here’s how to make candied walnuts:
What You Need:
2 c. walnuts
½ c. sugar
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
What To Do:
- Pour all ingredients into a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat just until sugar starts to melt (5 minutes).
- As soon as sugar starts to melt, turn heat to low. Keep cooking, stirring occasionally, until nearly all sugar is melted (about 10 more minutes).
- Remove from pan from burner and set aside to cool.
After they cool, you can store them at room temperature in an airtight container, and they’ll stay fresh for two weeks.
Do you have a frugal indulgence?
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