10 Alternatives to Expensive Ingredients


Balsamic Vinegar

Traditional artisanal Italian balsamic vinegar can be expensive -- to the tune of more than $100 a bottle -- because it's aged in wooden barrels for many years. The standard variety balsamic vinegar in the grocery store isn't nearly as expensive, but it also contains wine vinegar and added colors.

Other types of vinegar make decent substitutes for the balsamic variety, including brown rice vinegar, Chinese black vinegar, red wine vinegar combined with sugar or honey, sherry vinegar or fruit vinegar.