Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Provident Living...Emergency Ingredients Substitutes!

Ingredient Substitutes
Have you ever been in the middle of baking something only to find you are out of a crucial ingredient?  Are your neighbors tired of finding you at the door begging for an egg or a cup of sugar?  Instead of running to the store, you might be able to fix it with ingredients you already have!  Thanks to Yummly.com a recipe search engine, I was able to find these useful substitutes.

  • Allspice, 1 tsp...1/2 tsp. cinnamon plus 1/2 tsp. ground cloves.
  • Baking Powder, 1 tsp...1/3 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar or 1/4 tsp. baking soda plus 1/2 cup yogurt or buttermilk (decrease liquid by 1/2 cup).
  • Bread Crumbs (Dry), 1 cup...3 slices bread, crumbled.
  • Butter, 1 cup...1 cup reg. margerine or 1 cup vegetable shortening (for baking) or 1 cup oil (but only if melted butter is called for).
  • Buttermilk, 1 cup...1 T of lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make a cup (let sit for 5 minutes).
  • Cream/Half and Half, 1 cup...7/8 cup of whole milk plus 1/2 T of butter or 3 T of oil plus enough milk for 1 cup or 1 cup evaporated milk.
  • Cocoa, 1/4 cup...1 ounce (sq.) chocolate (decrease butter/oil by 1/2 tsp.).
  • Condensed Milk, 1 cup...heat 1/3 cup evaporated milk, 3/4 cup sugar, and 2 T butter until dissolved.
  • Cornstarch (for thickening), 1 T...2 T of flour, let cook at least 3 minutes longer to thicken.
  • Egg, 1 whole egg, 1/4 cup Eggbeaters or 2 T of mayonnaise (for baking batters only).
  • Flour (All-Purpose), 1 cup...1/2 cup whole wheat flour plus 1/2 cup of all purpose flour (don't substitute more than 1/2 the flour).  The following require more leavening, so add 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder per cup of flour.  Also recommended, use buttermilk and 1/2 tsp. baking soda instead of milk to decrease heaviness. 3/4 cup rice flour or 1 1/2 cups oat flour or 1 1/4 cups rye flour or 5/8 cup potato starch flour or 1 cup rolled oats or 1 cup fine cornmeal.
  • Sugar (Powdered), 1 cup...3/4 cup granulated sugar.
  • Sugar (White), I cup...1 cup packed brown sugar or 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar (not for baking) or 3/4 cup maple syrup (reduce liquid by 3 T).
  • Whole Milk, 1 cup...1 cup buttermilk plus 1/2 tsp baking soda (if baking, reduce baking powder by 2 tsp) or 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk, 7/8 cup water, and 2 tsp. butter.
  • Plain Yogurt, 1 cup...1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup blended cottage cheese or 1 cup sour cream.
That's it for now.  If any of you know of any tried and true substitutes please let me know.  We may need these some day.

Have a fun and productive day!
Post Script:  Missy writes,"You can also make your own brown sugar and the best thing is it doesn't dry out. All you need is a 12 oz bottle of molasses and 5lbs white sugar. Mix in mixer till the color and texture of brown sugar, about 5 minutes."


4 comments:

Creative Breathing said...

Shirley, What a wonderful vintage inspired blog you have! I especially enjoyed the post on Yellowstone Park. I wanted to thank you for your comment on my post today, "Lambchops". It's meaning has been misunderstood by some readers; so I am removing it. I'm not closing my craft room doors! I am so happy to have found your lovely blog, and I look forward to visiting again soon. Elizabeth

missyhyde said...

you can also make your own brown sugar and the best thing it doesnt dry out. all you need is a 12 0z bottle of molasses and 5lbs white sugar mix in mixer till the color and texture of brown sugar about 5 minutes

Shirley Hatfield said...

I just found this on Pinterest: Substitute for Cream of Tartar is Lemon Juice. 1/2 tsp CoT = 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice.

CHARLESETTA said...

Went thru 8 r more sites for how to make my own 'corn starch'. So I could make a Lemon Pie for company didn't have time to go to the store.Then there was your site!!!! Thank you!!!!! From now own I know where to find the info I need.NEW READER CHARLESETTA....