The great thing about ingredient substitutions for cooking? You probably already have what you need in the cupboard. Several weeks ago, I made tea cakes (it’s a southern thing). I decided to compare a family recipe against one from Recipes.com and Paula Deen. Assembling the ingredients went well until I got to buttermilk. That isn’t something I keep on hand. No worries though. I pulled out my mother’s substitute book. Voila! Buttermilk.
The trick to this ingredient substitute?
- Add enough regular milk to 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to make 1 cup. It curdled immediately. I let it stand for five minutes and the cookies turned out great.
Following are nine more basic ingredient substitutions that will help out in a pinch.
BBQ: Decided to do a quick grill of a few chicken breasts and discover you’re out of barbecue sauce?
- Combine 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with 1 cup of ketchup.
Cajun style: Hankering for some blackened catfish, a crawfish broil or just some spicy seasoning?
- Mix together ½ teaspoon each of these ingredient substitutes: garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (ground), paprika, black pepper, and white pepper. Stir well and you have 1 tablespoon of Cajun spice.
Cakes: Promised Suzie a homemade cake, but you’re out of cake flour?
- Use 1 cup (less 2 tablespoons) of sifted, all-purpose flour for the equivalent of 1 cup of cake flour.
Pasta Sauce: Pasta can be pretty bland without the red sauce and seasoning.
- ¾ cup of tomato paste mixed with 1 cup of water serves as a great ingredient substitute for tomato sauce.
- Need Italian seasoning? As a substitute for 1-½ teaspoons, combine ¼ teaspoon of each of these dried leaves: oregano, marjoram, basil with 1/8 teaspoon rubbed dried sage.
Herbs: That brown clump once was fresh herbs?
- For every tablespoon of fresh herbs needed, use 1 teaspoon dried or ¼ teaspoon powdered.
- For one teaspoon of grated gingerroot, substitute ¼ teaspoon of ground ginger.
Sour Cream: Potatoes all velvety with crisp skins and the container’s empty?
- Blend 2 tablespoons milk and 1tablespoon lemon juice into 1 cup of cottage cheese as a substitute.
Alcohol: “Oh, that wine wasn’t for drinking?” your friend asks, waving the empty bottle.
- Equal parts of apple juice and broth (or water in a pinch) make a great ingredient substitute for wine in dishes. However, if you need it for a dessert, substitute exacts amounts of apple juice or fruit juice for the wine required in recipe.
Now, no need to sacrifice your 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux. Cheers!
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