Frugal Friday: "Eggs" For Pennies

In case you don’t know, ground flax seed is really great for your health (it has to be ground, the whole seeds won’t be digested as easily), providing lots of Omega 3 fats that are good for your brain. I buy a box of ground flax seed from Walmart for $1.53. The box contains 52 tablespoons of ground flax seed.

Normally, I put flax on yogurt, salads, in smoothies, and so forth. However, I recently read the box (sometimes I run out of books!) and found that you can use flax as a substitute for fat or eggs in recipes. Three tablespoons of flax equals one tablespoon of fat or oil, and one tablespoon of flax plus three tablespoons of water equals one egg.

I’ve actually tried this in a few recipes and it does work, especially in baked goods. You might have to experiment with whether or not you want to use just flax, or replace only some of the fat or egg in a recipe with it.

Anyway, as I figure it, I’m paying a little less than three cents per tablespoon of ground flax seed. So if I use a tablespoon of flax and three tablespoons of water to replace an egg in a recipe that’s a pretty cheap egg. I don’t know about y’all, but I pay considerably more than 36 cents a dozen for eggs!

Even if you’re not trying to be frugal, substituting flax seed for some of your eggs would be a healthy thing to do, and would also be something you could do in a pinch if you run out of eggs.

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