9 Pricey Foods to Stop Buying (and What to Buy Instead)
Quality ingredients are usually worth the price, but sometimes you can get away with cutting corners. Here's how.
Steak: Be Okay with a Little More Fat
People regard filet mignon as the best steak you can buy. It's tender and velvety and has a subtle flavor that doesn't need much more than salt and pepper to make it taste delicious. Such decadence isn't cheap: A center-cut piece can go for $30 a pound (even more for grass-fed). Rib eye, though, is only slightly less tender, can be even more flavorful, since it has more fat—and runs about $18 a pound. Pan-frying is your best bet with this cut (grilling can be dicey because of the fat, which can catch fire).
Switch and save: $12 per pound