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Spending Big Money for the Annual Cookie Swap
When it comes to baking, we're all for splurging on organic eggs; they're more expensive, but they're produced by hens given feed grown without most conventional pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or commercial fertilizers. But if you're paying top dollar for dry goods, such as baking soda, brown sugar and powdered sugar, whether organic or name-brand, you're probably spending more than you need to. A group of economists recently published a fascinating list showing chefs have no qualms buying generic—and baking items were among the top foods that even pros buy the cheap version of.