Common Ingredient Substitutions

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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March 18, 2010 Flag
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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

April 23, 20050 found this helpful

That should work also. When I make the chocolate fudge recipe that calls for 1 can evaporated milk, chocolate chips and marshmallow creme, I use regular milk. In fact I use 2% milk as that is what I keep on hand.

Harlean from Arkansas

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October 12, 20060 found this helpful

EGG = 1 TBSP MAYO

HONEY = CORN SYRUP

WHT. WINE = APPCIDER OR JUICE

RICOTTA = COTTAGE CHEESE

LEMON JUICE = LIME JUICE

IF IN BAKING FOR FLAVOR USE ARTIFICIAL EXTRACT.

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks for that Deeli! It will be handy in my kitchen.

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

I have quite a few cans of tomato products (they seem to be the majority of the items in the bented boxes we buy.) Now I know how to use them up. If they have chunk or whole tomatoes I'll simply swirl them in the blender to smooth it out. Thanks for the information.

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

I've used apple juice instead of milk in muffins. Another time I forgot to add the sugar - they looked a bit weird but I'd packed them with raisins so they tasted fine. Half were gone before I realised what I'd done!

Marg from England.

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November 11, 20140 found this helpful

September 10, 2008 Flag
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It is the time of year where the baking and cooking start and so I wanted to help. I am not sure where these came from but they sure come in handy. They were given to me and I thought they would help anybody who cooks because they have some conversions that they do not have on most charts and I have found to be very helpful. I really hope they will help you and can use them.

Ingredient Substitution List:

By Darlene from Fairview, PA

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September 10, 20080 found this helpful

thank you for posting this! :)

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September 11, 20080 found this helpful

Very good list!!! Thanks!

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful

This list is invaluable! I have always wished I had one of these. This has so much more on it than I have seen in the past.

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks Dar: So many times I get ready to bake and find I am missing something. This sure will help a lot.

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September 12, 20080 found this helpful

I printed list out and put into a plastic clear protective sleeve and taped into my baking cabinet door so it is handy at all times. Thank You again.

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September 30, 20090 found this helpful

June 3, 2014 Flag

I run out of stuff a lot! I took recipe cards, wrote down substitutions that I can make up fast and taped them inside a kitchen cupboard door. Here are the ones I use a lot, others to follow!

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April 22, 2005 Flag
Harlean Greathouse0 found this helpful

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 allspice1/2 tsp cinnamon plus 1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 Tbsp Prepared Mustard1 tsp dry mustard
3/4 cup cracker crumbs1 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 square baking chocolate3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. oil
1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 1/4 tsp soda
1 cup light corn syrup1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water
1 cup honey1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water
1 cup powdered sugar1 cup sugar plus 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Process in blender.
1 cup sugar1 cup packed brown sugar or 2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup light cream1 Tbsp melted butter plus enough milk to make 1 cup
1 egg2 egg whites plus 1 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup sour milk or buttermilk1Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar, then fill the cup with milk
1 cup Yogurt1 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 Ginger1/8 tsp ground powdered Ginger
lemon juice of 1 lemon2-3 Tbsp lemon juice (Realemon)
1 tsp lemon juice1/2 tsp vinegar
1 cup miniature marshmallows10 large marshmallows, snipped with wet scissors
Herbs 1 Tbsp fresh1 tsp dried Herbs
1 cup self rising flour1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 1/4 tsp baking powder & 1/4 tsp salt
Tomatoes:
2 cups chopped fresh16 oz canned tomatoes, drained
1 cup tomato juice1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water
2 cups tomato sauce3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water
1 can tomato soup1 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 .

  • 8 cups all purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp salt

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.

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April 22, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you for this list! You can also substitute 1 egg with a heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise. I made snack n cake tonight with that substitute because we rarely buy eggs.

http://www.teapotcottage.com

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April 23, 20050 found this helpful

Thanks!! I never knew how to make self rising flour.

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June 16, 20050 found this helpful

I keep soy flour in the freezer because I use it so seldom. you can use two tablespoons of soy flour in place of an egg.

Soy flour can also be added (sparingly) to the flour for a cookie recipe. It's added protein. ARDIS

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November 27, 2006 Flag
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Easy Substitution List. I keep this list inside my cookbook in case I am ever in a pinch for alternative ingredients. Easy Substitutions: If the recipe calls for: Cheese - cream cheese: cottage cheese blended with butter or milk.

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July 16, 2007 Flag
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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

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Mrs. Dash is known for salt free seasonings and also has marinades now. So you should be able to substitute another marinade. You could also check out www.mrsdash.com for a complete listing of their seasonings. Good luck!

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Mrs. Dash is a brand name for salt-free seasoning mixes and sauces. You can see what flavors they have at http://www.mrsdash.com/ .

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July 19, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you for your responses! Lucky I didn't try tomato sauce if it's a seasoning mix! Ha ha - will have a look at the website. Thanks again!

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

I suspect she got the name because she used a Dash o' this and a Dash o' that!

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July 20, 20070 found this helpful

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.

OR

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!

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June 4, 2009 Flag
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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?

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