What a fabulous leap day it’s been. I didn’t work, and not because of the snow (because there wasn’t a position open for me today — I sub in schools). Anyway, it gave me time to do things around the house, start a project and try something new in the kitchen. This will be great for those of you who were snowed in today and were craving Chinese food, albeit a little late. Next snow day, right!?
I’ve always wanted to make homemade egg rolls, but always thought buying wrappers at the store were too expensive. I knew I could do it myself! I just needed a little can do attitude and a good recipe to follow. To my surprise, it was super easy. I used Penniless Parenting‘s recipe for the wrappers. Fabulous tutorial, so easy to follow. For my nice little filling for egg rolls I used Blisstree‘s recipe, but I used brussel sprouts and shredded carrots instead of the coleslaw mix. It’s all the same! I also baked my egg rolls (as seen in picture), because I didn’t have enough oil on had to fry them. Probably a tiny bit more healthier, too.
Your options for these wrappers are bountiful. Boil them, fry the, bake them, sear them like pot stickers, whatever! If you wish not to use the whole dough, you can freeze it for another time to use. That way, all you have to do is thaw out the dough to use it for next time.
Hope you enjoy these lovely recipes from around the web. Take a chance, save some money, and make it homemade!
After I wrote this, I thought it’d probably be a good idea for a price break down of the wrappers. The wrappers are what will stay consistent, your fillings will change to your will. Like I mentioned, around here wrappers are pretty expensive – a pack of 24 for around $4.00. I’m sure you could get them cheaper somewhere, but the places I have available give those prices.
Ingredients for Wrappers:
2 cups Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Cold Water (just under)
Serving per Bag (cups) = 18.25
Cost/Serving = $0.99 / 18.25 = $0.05
Total Cost of Flour = $0.05 * 2 = $0.10
Serving Size = 1 tspn
Serving/Container = 122.75
Cost for Salt = $0.99 / 122.75 = $0.008 — Price is negligible.
Serving per Carton = 12
Cost/Serving = $0.99 / 12 = $0.08
Cost of Egg = $0.08 * 1 = $0.08
Free from your tap! I understand many of you have water bills, so price for water will depend on where you live. In addition, we have a well, so mother nature is our free provider.
Total Cost for Recipe = $0.10 + $0.08 = $0.18
*The recipe will yield at least 24 wrappers, although I am not entirely sure of the exact yield since this is not my own recipe. Either way, it’s still way cheaper than store bought and YOU made them!