There’s a reason why they put all that deliciously sweet candy up by the cash registers in nearly every store: if you had to find it at the back of the place, you’d likely decide against it before you got up front to pay.
While some of my coworkers use their kitchens as at-home culinary labs, mine is definitely more low-tech. The wares from my pantry could be described as Little House on the Prairie meets the 21st century: tomato-port jam and jalapeño pepper jelly, a blushing red onion marmalade, turmeric-laced zucchini pickles. My philosophy: Why buy it if you can make it (and make it better)? However, it didn’t occur to me to make my own candied ginger until I was hit with sticker shock at my local specialty-foods store ($10 for 3 ounces? and don’t even try to find it at your nearby supermarket). While I was staring in disbelief at the package, I let my eyes wander to the ingredient list: ginger, sugar.
Most students don’t have a lot of cash to spend on food, but that doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. With the right recipes and some kitchen savvy, you can eat great even on a student’s budget. Here we’ll share 100 tasty recipes that you can make on the cheap.