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
|Don’t have…||Use this!|
|Baking Powder||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.
|Breadcrumbs||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.
|Brown Sugar||White Sugar & Molasses|
1 cup white granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon molasses
|Butter||Vegetable ShorteningApple SauceOilCooking Spray (sauteeing only)|
|Buttermilk||Milk & Lemon Juice|
|Cinnamon||Allspice or Nutmeg|
*½ teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (a little goes a long way)
1 T cornstarch = 2 T AP flour
|Chili Powder||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|
|Creme Fraiche||Heavy Cream & Yogurt |
1 cup heavy cream + 1 tablespoon of yogurt = 1 cup creme fraiche
|Dried Herbs||Fresh Herbs finely Chopped|
***Fresh herbs are less potent so you may want to double the amount called for in the recipe.
|Fresh Herbs||Dried herbs|
***Dried herbs are more potent so you should use a third of the amount being called for.
|Garlic Cloves||Garlic Powder or Granulated Garlic|
½ tsp granulated garlic OR ⅛ tsp garlic powder = 1 garlic clove
|Ginger (Fresh)||Ground Ginger|
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.
|Hot Sauce||Cayenne + Vinegar|
¾ tsp cayenne + 1 tsp white vinegar
|Kosher Salt||Fine Table Salt|
Use half or three quarters of the amount called for
|Mayo||Plain Yogurt or Sour Cream or Avocado|
***The flavor will vary some, but it works!
|Milk||Evaporated Milk + Water|
½ cup evaporated milk + ½ cup water
|Molasses||¾ cup of brown sugar + ¼ cup waterOR|
one cup of dark corn syrup or maple syrup or honey
***Flavor may vary
|Mustard||Dry Mustard + Vinegar|
1 teaspoon dry mustard + 1-2 teaspoons vinegar = 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
|Nuts||You can use these interchangeably if you are out of the one your recipe calls for. |
|Onion||Onion Powder or Granulated Onion|
1 tsp onion powder OR 1 tbsp dried minced onion = 1 small onion
|Parmesan Cheese||Toasted Bread Crumbs|
|Pastry Flour||Cake Flour & All-Purpose Flour|
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