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There have been times I wanted to tear my hair out because didn't have an ingredient at the last minute so here's my list of common ingredient substitutions that have worked for me in a pinch.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
I keep this list inside my cookbook in case I am ever in a pinch for alternative ingredients.
Have you ever started mixing ingredients for a recipe, get halfway through the list, and Uh-Oh, discover that you are out of an ingredient? Well, sometimes it is something that can safely be omitted.
It may alter the recipe slightly, but not ruin it. For example, that teaspoon of vanilla will probably never be missed. Or perhaps you can substitute a little lemon, almond, or other flavoring in its place. Other ingredients make a big difference, and you cannot continue without a trip to the store. Or a suitable substitute.
Here is a list of many suitable substitutions that I have gleaned from various sources over the years.
|If it calls for:||Use instead:|
|1 tsp. baking powder||1/2 tsp cream of tartar plus 1/3 tsp baking soda|
|1 tsp allspice||1/2 tsp cinnamon plus 1/8 tsp ground cloves|
|1 Tbsp Prepared Mustard||1 tsp dry mustard|
|3/4 cup cracker crumbs||1 cup dry breadcrumbs|
|1 square baking chocolate||3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. oil|
|1 cup brown sugar||1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 1/4 tsp soda|
|1 cup light corn syrup||1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water|
|1 cup honey||1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water|
|1 cup powdered sugar||1 cup sugar plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Process in blender.|
|1 cup sugar||1 cup packed brown sugar or 2 cups powdered sugar|
|1 cup light cream||1 Tbsp melted butter plus enough milk to make 1 cup|
|1 egg||2 egg whites plus 1 tsp vegetable oil|
|1 cup sour milk or buttermilk||1Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar, then fill the cup with milk|
|1 cup Yogurt||1 cup sour cream or 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup cottage cheese, blended till smooth|
|1 cup Nuts (in baked products)||1 cup rolled oats, oven toasted|
|1 cup Catsup (for cooking)||1 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup sugar and 2 Tbsp vinegar|
|1 Tbsp raw Ginger||1/8 tsp ground powdered Ginger|
|lemon juice of 1 lemon||2-3 Tbsp lemon juice (Realemon)|
|1 tsp lemon juice||1/2 tsp vinegar|
|1 cup miniature marshmallows||10 large marshmallows, snipped with wet scissors|
|Herbs 1 Tbsp fresh||1 tsp dried Herbs|
|1 cup self rising flour||1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 1/4 tsp baking powder & 1/4 tsp salt|
|2 cups chopped fresh||16 oz canned tomatoes, drained|
|1 cup tomato juice||1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water|
|2 cups tomato sauce||3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water|
|1 can tomato soup||1 cup tomato sauce plus 1/4 cup water|
You may substitute up to half the shortening or margarine in a recipe with applesauce in baked desserts.
Self Rising Flour
I make this up regularly and keep it on hand .
Combine all ingredients and sift together 3 times.
Store in a Ziplock bag or a large coffee can with plastic lid.
Print this out and keep it handy.....you never know when you are going to need it.
By Harlean Greathouse
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Here are questions related to Common Ingredient Substitutions.
I love hot sauce, especially the Tabasco brand. I'm looking for a powdered substitute, that comes in a shaker type bottle like seasoning salt. Any ideas? Thanks.
By kf4tqj from N.E. Alabama
By DEB SEDLARIK06/05/2009
There is one that I get from the local farmers market here in Flint, Michigan.
"It's called slap ya mama"
it can be purchased on-line @
It is awesome,there is 3 levels of hot, too.
They have a great cream cheese dip recipe also. Hope this is what your looking for.
You can e-mail me if you have a problem,
@ dah4301958 at aol.com
Another question from an Aussie! Can someone please tell me what Mrs. Dash sauce is? We can't buy that here in Australia and I'm not sure what I could substitute. Would I be able to substitute a tomato or BBQ sauce?
Julie from Sydney, Australia
By lesley 07/20/2007
Hi there Down Under! Ok, Mrs. Dash has a website, the "sauces" advertized are marinades > 6 varieties. Check them out.....they seem to be a combination of a number of herbs & spices, vinegars, veggie/meat stock, and some have tomatoe sauce in them. If you want a marinade for any meat try this:
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (spicey)
1/4 cup vinegar (white )
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt
Mix together well. Can be used as a marinade > let meat (any meat or chicken) marinate in the mixture for min 2 hrs (is the best left over night) covered in the refridgerator, remove meat & cook/bbq as desired.
Cook meat in the sauce in a crockpot for 6-8 hrs, or bake in the oven in a casserole dish, 350 degrees
for 1 1/2 hrs.
Good Luck, and enjoy!