There are times that without a trip to the store, a missing recipe ingredient can be replaced. This guide is about common recipe substitutions.
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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
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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