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June 20, 2018

This for that

When you need a substitute

This for that

When you have everything but that one ingredient, what to do? Before you throw up your hands and walk away, or look for another recipe, check this out first. We have a few common ingredients with corresponding substitutions that will work well, in a pinch! Adapted from No Taste for Waste website.

If you don't have: Amount Substitute:
Baking powder 1 tsp. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar + 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Balsamic vinegar 1 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp. cider or red wine vinegar + 1/2 tsp. sugar
Beer (as an ingredient) 1 cup 1 cup chicken broth
Brown sugar, packed 1 cup 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 Tbsp. molasses
Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar + enough milk to make 1 cup (let stand 5 minutes before using)
Cornstarch (for thickening) 1 Tbsp.  2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
Half & half or light cream 1 cup 1 Tbsp. melted butter + enough whole milk to make 1 cup
Honey 1 cup 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar + 1/4 cup water
Hot pepper sauce 1 tsp. 3/4 tsp. cayenne pepper + 1 tsp. vinegar
Ketchup 1 cup 1 cup tomato sauce + 1 Tbsp. sugar + 1 tsp. vinegar
Mayonnaise 1 cup 1 cup sour cream OR plain yogurt
Soy sauce 1/2 cup 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce + 1 Tbsp. water
Vegetable oil (for baking) 1 cup 1 cup applesauce OR 1 cup fruit puree
Wine (as an ingredient) 1 cup 1 cup chicken or beef broth OR 1 cup cranberry, apple or white grape juice
Yogurt, plain 1 cup 1 cup sour cream OR 1 cup buttermilk

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