We have all been there. You are mid-recipe and realize you didn’t double check your ingredient list.
Whenever I am in this bind, I take a deep breath and remember that there are plenty of substitutes that will give you a delicious as ever recipe without grabbing your car keys.
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Check out these easy work arounds. I keep this printed in my pantry or on the inside of a cupboard door for occasions just like this.
*Unless noted, use equal parts called for in the recipe
|Cream of Tartar & Baking Soda
Substitute ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed with ½ teaspoon cream of tartar to fill in for 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
|Crushed CrackersCrushed Bran Cereal
|Broth (Chicken, Beef, Vegetable)
|Bouillon Cube w/ same flavor
***You can even switch up the flavors if you don’t have the specific cube you need.
|White Sugar & Molasses
1 cup white granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses
|Vegetable ShorteningApple SauceOilCooking Spray (sauteeing only)
|Milk & Lemon Juice
|Allspice or Nutmeg
*½ teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (a little goes a long way)
1 T cornstarch = 2 T AP flour
|1 teaspoon = 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano, 1⁄4 teaspoon dried cumin, and a dash of bottled hot sauce
|Cream of Tartar
|Equal parts vinegar and lemon juice
|Heavy Cream & Yogurt
1 cup heavy cream + 1 tablespoon of yogurt = 1 cup creme fraiche
|Fresh Herbs finely Chopped
***Fresh herbs are less potent so you may want to double the amount called for in the recipe.
***Dried herbs are more potent so you should use a third of the amount being called for.
|Garlic Powder or Granulated Garlic
½ tsp granulated garlic OR ⅛ tsp garlic powder = 1 garlic clove
⅛ teaspoon ground ginger = 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
|Heavy Cream*not for whipping
|Whole Milk + Unsalted Butter
⅔ cup whole milk + ⅓ cup melted butter
***This one goes both ways.
|Cayenne + Vinegar
¾ tsp cayenne + 1 tsp white vinegar
|Fine Table Salt
Use half or three quarters of the amount called for
|Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream or Avocado
***The flavor will vary some, but it works!
|Evaporated Milk + Water
½ cup evaporated milk + ½ cup water
|¾ cup of brown sugar + ¼ cup waterOR
one cup of dark corn syrup or maple syrup or honey
***Flavor may vary
|Dry Mustard + Vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard + 1-2 teaspoons vinegar = 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
|You can use these interchangeably if you are out of the one your recipe calls for.
|Onion Powder or Granulated Onion
1 tsp onion powder OR 1 tbsp dried minced onion = 1 small onion
|Toasted Bread Crumbs
|Cake Flour & All-Purpose Flour
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