Substituting Foods in Recipes

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April 22, 2014

  1. Use instead of milk in mashed potatoes. Makes it kosher when using beef/meat products. It tastes a bit different but it's still good.

  2. A substitute for eggs

  3. Oil in baking. It works in bread, muffin and cake recipes. Use natural applesauce to eliminate added sugar.

    Applesauce for vegetable oil: 1:1 rule, i.e. 1/2 cup of oil = 1/2 cup of applesauce. Add 2 Tbsp. oil to the recipe, if desired. Adding a small amount of oil will improve the texture.

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October 19, 2009

By substituting cheaper ingredients for expensive ones, you can save some dollars. Some cookie recipes may call for butter, when you can use half margarine and half butter.

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January 11, 2014

I have a recipe that calls for 2% milk, but all I have is whole. What should I do to substitute?

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September 4, 20170 found this helpful

I'm not positive what it would do to some baked recipes, but most of the time whole milk will just give it a richer taste, like in gravy and casseroles. I would be careful using 2% milk in place of whole milk in baked cakes or cookie, though.


I used fat free canned milk in my pumpkin pies and they turn out fine.

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September 7, 20170 found this helpful

Just use the whole milk. Any type of milk or cream can be swapped out for each other in pretty much every recipe. It will just add a bit more fat and richness to the recipe than if you used 2%. You can even use soy or rice milk, although those tend to change the consistency and flavor more than dairy.

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November 21, 2011

Can I use oil instead of shorting when making bread?

By Tobie


January 4, 20120 found this helpful

What kind of bread are you making? Pizza dough is typically made with oil, and quick breads. Usually, shortening is used to make something flaky or fluffy by cutting it into the flour before adding liquid ingredients, and often butter is used in its place. It's not interchangeable if the shortening is mixed with the flour first.


If you're baking just regular loaf bread, it normally calls for milk and butter to be scalded together in a pan and cooled before adding the yeast, then mixing it into the flour. In that case, since the shortening would melt, it could be used interchangeably with oil with only a minimal texture difference.

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November 8, 2012

Many recipes call for corn syrup, which is not generally available outside the U.S. Honey, golden syrup and light molasses are a few suggested substitutions but there are many more. This page contains substitutes for corn syrup.

Honey Substitute for Corn Syrup

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August 2, 2013

Most of us don't keep a supply of buttermilk in the fridge, so if a recipe calls for it, you may want to use a substitute. This is a page about substitute for buttermilk in recipes.

buttermilk substitute in a bowl

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September 22, 2016

Some recipes call for using an egg substitute rather than whole eggs. This is a page about using an egg substitute.

Liquid eggs in a bowl

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September 21, 2016

This is a page about substituting half and half for milk in recipes. If you are out of milk or just want a creamier flavor, try substituting half and half for the milk in a recipe.

Substituting Half and Half for Milk in Recipes

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August 17, 2012

This page contains healthy substitutes for cream of mushroom soup. This soup is listed in many recipes for casseroles, soups and sauces.

A bowl of cream soup.

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March 12, 2012

This is a page about substitutions for bacon. There are a number of substitutes you can use for bacon in your recipes.

Small Bowl of Imitation Bacon

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September 22, 2011

Although many recipes call for wine, substitutions can easily be made without affecting the flavor of the finished dish. This is a page about substitutions for wine in recipes.

A woman pouring wine into a pan.

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