Q. It seems like every time I start to make a recipe, I find that I'm missing one small but crucial ingredient. Is there a list of food substitutions that could save my meals?
©2007 Ruben Joye
Yogurt makes a great substitute for
buttermilk or sour cream.
A. No need to panic when you find you're without an ingredient to complete a recipe. Try these emergency substitutions:
|When a recipe calls for:||Substitute: |
|Arrowroot, 1 tablespoon ||Cornstarch, 2 teaspoons |
|Bread crumbs, 1 cup ||Cracker crumbs, 1 cup |
|Buttermilk or sour cream, 1 cup ||Plain yogurt, 1 cup |
|Corn syrup, 1 cup ||White or brown sugar, 1-1/4 cups, plus 1/4 cup liquid* |
|Half-and-half, 1 cup||7/8 cup milk plus 1-1/2 tablespoons butter|
|Egg yolk, 2 yolks||Egg, 1 whole|
|Garlic, 1 clove||Garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon|
|Ginger, 1 tablespoon||Ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon|
|Honey, 1 cup||Sugar, 1-1/4 cups, plus 1/4 cup liquid*|
|Vinegar, 1 teaspoon||Lemon juice, 2 teaspoons|
*Whatever liquid is called for in the recipe.
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