Originally Posted by scp1127
I only pay .08 per egg, so a batch of IMBC for a 9 inch cake is .48.
At .13 per egg, the cost is .78.
Is meringue powder cheaper than that?
No, it's not cheaper to make IMBC with dried egg whites. It's a lot more expensive. But I don't sell desserts; this is just a hobby and I give everything away every Monday of the week. If I have the pasteurized liquid egg whites in a carton, I'll use those preferably. But if I'm out of those, I have the dried ones.
Plus, I don't think I can get your prices for my eggs. I go to regular supermarkets where I can buy a dozen eggs for $3.29 or so. At that price, each egg is 27 cents. Dried egg whites would be about $4.62 for 3 oz, which yields 21 egg whites. 22 cents per egg white (no yolk).
Of course, people can buy the dried egg whites cheaper if they're buying in bulk and not at a fancy store. Sometimes, that's as much time I have...just enough to go to the fancy store, grab a can of it, pay for it, and walk away. But I can carry them in my bag without breaking them!