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How many times have you started to make a recipe, only to find out you don’t have enough (or any) butter, honey, flour or other ingredient?
Don’t panic: A perfectly good ingredient substitution is as close as your browser. Just look up “ingredient substitution” and the item for which you need a substitute.
In many cases, you’ll never notice a flavor change. In others, the flavor will be a bit different but just as good (for example, a basil accent instead of parsley).
No saffron? Use turmeric. No soy sauce? Use Worcestershire. No beer? Use chicken broth.
Here are some of the most common ingredients you may need to substitute:
COOKING INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS
BAKING POWDER: 1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/3 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
BROWN SUGAR: 1 cup brown sugar = 1 cup white sugar plus 2 tablespoons molasses
BUTTER: 1 cup butter = 1 cup margarine or 7/8 cup vegetable oil
BUTTERMILK: 1 cup buttermilk = 1 or 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup
CHOCOLATE: 1 square unsweetened chocolate = 3 tablespoons cocoa plus 1 tablespoon butter or other shortening
EGG: 1 egg = 1 heaping tablespoon soy flour plus 1 tablespoon water
FLOUR, ALL PURPOSE: 1 cup all-purpose flour = 1 cup whole wheat flour
FLOUR, SELF RISING: 1 cup self-rising flour = 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 salt and enough all-purpose flour to make 1 cup
FLOUR, THICKENER: 1 tablespoon flour = 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch or 2 teaspoons quick-cooking tapioca
HERBS: 1 tablespoon fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon dried herbs; if you don’t have the particular herb, use what you do have
HONEY: 1 cup honey = 1-1/4 cups sugar + 1/4 cup water
HOT PEPPER SAUCE: 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce = 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper + 1 teaspoon vinegar
KETCHUP: 1 cup ketchup = 1 cup tomato sauce + 1 teaspoon vinegar + 1 tablespoon sugar (or, use a noncaloric sweetener for “diet ketchup”)
LEMON JUICE: 1 teaspoon lemon juice = 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
MILK: 1 cup whole milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water
ONION: 1 tablespoon of dried minced onion = 1/4 cup raw minced onion
YOGURT: 1 cup yogurt = 1 cup buttermilk
Do you have a favorite go-to ingredient substitution? Let us know.
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