ThriftyFun News -April 22, 2005 - Food Substitution

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Food Substitutions

Volume Seven, Number 17 April 22, 2005


Today's TF News is about Food Substitutions. We have a big list sent in by Harlean as well as some from our archive. Hope you find them useful.


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This newsletter contains:

  • Substitutions in the Kitchen
  • Using Creamer as a Substitute for Milk
  • Pan Substitutions - When You Don't Have The Right Sized Baking Dish
  • Substitution for Vanilla
  • Need Sour Milk?
  • Homemade Confectioner's Sugar or Powdered Sugar
  • Substitutions For Eggs
  • Substitution For Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Lemons and Limes - Substitution and Tips
  • Cake Flour vs. All Purpose Flour
  • No Cheesecloth for Cheesecloth Bag
  • Stretching Eggs
  • Ingredient Substitutions
  • Help in the Kitchen - Food Substitutions
  • Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe
  • Ingredient Substitutions

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Food Substitutions

Substitutions in the Kitchen
By Harlean Greathouse

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
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 never know when you are going to need it.

About The Author:

Harlean Greathouse is a mother of three who has been married for 45 years. Long time readers of ThriftyFun will probably recognize her as Harlean from Arkansas, the name she has posted under as a valuable member of the ThriftyFun community. She specializes in wood crafts and enjoys designing crafts using recyclable materials, knitting, crochet and has been an arts and crafts vendor for over 35 years. Harlean has a CD available with 11 unique crafts designs for only $5.00 (including shipping). For more information visit:


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Using Creamer as a Substitute for Milk

Every once in a while I don't have milk for a recipe that I am in the middle of. I started using creamer mixed with hot water and the recipe ends up tasting better. Plus I don't need to go to the store for milk. We always have lots of creamer since we use a lot for coffee.

By RoseMary B.

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Pan Substitutions - When You Don't Have The Right Sized Baking Dish

Most of us keep ingredient alternatives or substitutions for those occasions we may not have enough of a certain ingredient, but another equally important list I keep is a pan substitution list that is practical.

If a recipe calls for one 8"x4"x2" loaf pan, substitute two 5-1/2"x3-1/4" loaf pans.

One 9" round cake pan = one 8" square pan.

Two 9" round cake pans = three 8" round cake pans.


One 12-cup fluted tube pan = one 10" tube pan OR two 9"x5"x3" loaf pans.

One 13"x9"x2" pan = two 9" round cake pans.

By Ronsan

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Substitution for Vanilla

Recipe calls for vanilla and you don't have any? I use pancake syrup or Karo syrup in place of the vanilla. Works great, tastes great!

By slacroix

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Need Sour Milk?

A little vinegar added to milk will sour it when the recipe you have calls for sour milk.

By Robin

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Homemade Confectioner's Sugar or Powdered Sugar

Use equal amounts of granulated sugar for the amount of powdered sugar you want to make. Place the granulated sugar in a blender container and blend till fine. It's ready to use immediately.

There is no need to rush to the grocery just because you have no powdered sugar at home, for your recipe, just make it yourself!

By Terri H.

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Substitutions For Eggs

Items you can substitute for eggs in recipes. Post your ideas.

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Substitution For Heavy Whipping Cream

I was making a caramel sauce and needed 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream and did not have any so I substituted 6 tablespoons of whipped dessert topping and it worked fine.

By Bradley

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Lemons and Limes - Substitution and Tips

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar (any kind) for 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice in any recipe. To get just a few drops from a lemon or lime, prick one end with a fork and squeeze. The fruit can be refrigerated and used again.

By Joesgirl

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Cake Flour vs. All Purpose Flour

For every cup of cake flour called for in your recipes, you can substitute 1 cup minus 2 T. all purpose flour.

By Robin

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No Cheesecloth for Cheesecloth Bag

When the recipe calls for tying up seasoning in cheesecloth bags and you don't have cheesecloth, use coffee filters and stitch them together or fold in a pkg. and staple shut. (Example: pickling spice in cooked chile sauce) Works great!

Ann P. Emond

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Stretching Eggs

If a recipe calls for 2 eggs, and you find you only have 1, you can use 2 Tablespoons of regular mayonnaise instead. This doesn't effect the taste at all.

By Linda

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Ingredient Substitutions

Did you ever find yourself in the middle of making a recipe and discover that you're out of one of the ingredients? It happens to all of us at one time or another. The good news is that there are substitutions you can make--if you just know what they are!

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Help in the Kitchen - Food Substitutions
By Cyndi Roberts

Did you ever find yourself in the middle of making a recipe and discover that you're out of one of the ingredients?

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Substitution for Sherry in a Recipe

I am looking for something to substitute for dry sherry in a recipes. Does anyone know what will work? It's a soup recipe. Thanks, Anne.

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Ingredient Substitutions

Missing an ingredient and don't want to run to the store? Some of these ingredient substitutions may help you in a pinch. Some our simply lower fat alternatives. If you know a substitution not listed here let us know about it.

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