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Substitutions Save the Day

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It's happened to most of us -- we've started making a recipe only to find that we're missing or low on an ingredient. Well, the next time that happens, you'll be prepared with these helpers:

  • Baking powder, 1 teaspoon = 1/2 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Broth (chicken or beef), 1 cup = 1 bouillon cube plus 1 cup water
  • Buttermilk, 1 cup = 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • Chocolate, unsweetened, 1 square (1 ounce) = 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable cooking oil
  • Cornstarch, 1 teaspoon = 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • Corn syrup, light, 1 cup = 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar + 1/4 cup water
  • Cream or half-and-half, 1 cup = 1-1/2 tablespoons melted butter + enough whole milk to equal 1 cup OR 1/2 cup light cream + 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Flour, all-purpose, 1 cup = 1 cup + 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • Flour, self-rising, 1 cup = 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Garlic, 1 clove (1/2 teaspoon chopped) = 1/2 teaspoon bottled minced garlic OR 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Gravy = Similar flavor of ready-made soup
  • Lemon juice, 1 tablespoon = 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Mayonnaise = Creamy salad dressing
  • Milk, whole, 1 cup = 1 cup skim milk + 2 tablespoons butter OR 1/2 cup evaporated whole milk + 1/2 cup water
  • Mustard, dry (in cooking), 1 teaspoon = 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • Sour cream, 1 cup = 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 tablespoon lemon juice + enough evaporated or plain milk to equal 1 cup
  • Tomato juice, 1 cup = 1/2 cup tomato sauce + 1/2 cup water
  • Vegetable oil (for cooking), 1 cup = 1/2 pound butter or margarine
  • Vinegar, 1 tablespoon = 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Wine, 1 cup = 1 cup apple juice or cider, chicken or beef broth

Now, if you don't have the exact ingredient called for in a recipe you're making, you'll be able to make a quick substitution that'll still have everybody saying... "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"


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