Jul 112011
 

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:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a large nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat just until sugar starts to melt (5 minutes).
  2. 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).
  3. 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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  3 Responses to “Candied Walnut Recipe”

  1. My frugal indulgence is popsicles. I don't know why they feel indulgent, except I guess I think of non-concentrated juice as both expensive and high-calorie and I just don't buy it often. But one jar of organic juice makes a whole flat of popsicles that we can enjoy for days or weeks, so that seems a lot more reasonable. Currently the freezer is full of peach nectar popsicles!

  2. I just found out how easy it is to save $8 by baking weeds…! I really love the crispy kale snacks they sell for huge amounts of money in health food stores. Turns out it's ridiculously easy to make, and I already knew that kale is easy to grow. It's basically a weed. We have it in our front garden. So you just rip up the leaves, shake them around in a bit of olive oil and sea salt, and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Yum! Healthy! Cheap!

  3. I definitely need to get on the fruit juice popsicle bandwagon. And I love Suki's baked kale discovery! Just last month I splurged on baked kale at the grocery store and I felt so guilty about it afterwards. :)

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