30 Common Ingredient Substitutions

30 Common Ingredient Substitutions

If you are like most of us, you are stuck at home trying to stay safe and keep your family safe. You might venture out to the grocery store once in a while or maybe not at all. For me those grocery trips are really fast, I try to think of everything I could possibly need to cook and bake for the next couple of weeks but it’s tough and a lot of items are sold out in the stores.

I’ve done a lot more baking in the last 2 weeks, it’s been fun making a couple of different types of bread but it always seems like I’m missing something and I’m not going to the store unless I absolutely have to so I’ve had to become inventive and make do with what I have. I researched 30 Common Ingredient Substitutions and I wanted to share. 

30 Common Ingredient Substitutions

1 TEASPOON ALLSPICE: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves & 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 APPLE: One cup of firm chopped pears and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER: 1/4 baking soda & 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

BARBECUE SAUCE (1 cup): 1 cup ketchup plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

BLACK PEPPER: Allspice works as long as you are also adding salt to the dish

BREAD CRUMBS (1/4 cup, dry): 1/4 cup cracker crumbs or 1/2 slice of toasted, crumbled bread, 1/4 cup cornflakes.

BUTTERMILK: 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar, plus enough milk to make a cup

CAYENNE PEPPER: Ground hot red pepper or chili powder

CHOCOLATE, BAKING, UNSWEETENED: 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon of butter

CINNAMON: Small amount of allspice or cardamom

CLOVES: Allspice or nutmeg

CORN SYRUP (1 cup light): 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/3 cup of water, heat on the stove until sugar is melted and syrup is clear

CREAM (heavy, 1 cup): 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup butter, melt butter in a pan and allow it to cool, whisk the milk in

CREAM CHEESE (1 cup): 1 cup pureed cottage cheese or 1 cup plain yogurt strained overnight in a cheesecloth

EGG (1 whole): 2 tablespoons oil plus 1 tablespoon of water or 1 teaspoon cornstarch plus 3 tablespoons water if part of a recipe. Use a banana as a substitute in a cake or pancakes

HONEY (1 cup in baked goods): 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water, heat in a pan until sugar is melted and syrup is clear

LEMON JUICE: 1/2 teaspoon vinegar for each teaspoon of lemon juice needed

MASCARPONE: Cream cheese whipped with a small amount of butter

MAYONNAISE (1 cup): 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup plain yogurt

MOLASSES (1 cup): 1 cup honey

NUTMEG: Allspice or cloves

OIL (for baking): 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup fruit puree

POWDERED SUGAR (confectioners): grind granulated sugar in a coffee grinder until you get the consistency and quantity you need, grind really well to avoid granules in whatever you are making

SELF- RISING FLOUR (1 cup): 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

SOUR CREAM (1 cup): Mix 1 cup cottage cheese, 5 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, mix until creamy

TOMATO PASTE (one tablespoon): 1 tablespoon ketchup or 1/2 cup tomato sauce, reduce on the stove until you get the right consistency

TOMATO PUREE: 6 ounce can of tomato paste plus 6 ounces of water

VANILLA EXTRACT (in baked goods only): Use almond extract or any other extracts that will alter the flavor

VINEGAR: Lemon juice in cooking, salads, or marinades

YOGURT: Sour cream, creme fraiche or buttermilk, heavy cream or mayonnaise works in small amounts

I’ve written a couple of other posts How to make your own brown sugar and Make your own (Bisquick) baking mix.

30 Common Ingredient Substitutes
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