Have you ever been in the middle of cooking a recipe and discovered you were out of an ingredient you thought you had? I’m not talking about ingredients like safron or anchovy paste (does anyone really have those ingredients in their cabinet?) I’m talking about common items, like milk, buttermilk, sour cream, or eggs? Long ago I found handy ingredient substitutes for common ingredients. Sure, I’d rather use the real ingredients whenever possible, but these work great in a pinch.
Here’s some Common Ingredient Substitutions:
1. Milk. To make a milk substitute, mix 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water.
2. Buttermilk. To make a buttermilk substitute, mix 1 cup minus 1 tablespoon regular milk, plus 1 tablespoon vinegar OR lemon juice. Allow to stand 5 minutes before use.
3. Sour Cream. To make a sour cream substitute, mix 1 1/8 cup powdered nonfat dry milk, 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Allow the mixture to set in the fridge for an hour before use. Even easier: just use 1 cup plain yogurt.
4. Chives. Instead of chives, use 1 Tablespoon finely chopped green onion tops.
5. Ketchup Substitute. If you are using it in a recipe or for cooking, substitute 1 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons vinegar.
6. Eggs Substitute. If you are using eggs for baking, substitute 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon water.
7. Unsweetened Baking Chocolate. Substitute 3 Tablespoons cocoa plus 1 tablespoon butter.
8. Corn Syrup. Need Corn Syrup substitute for a recipe? Use 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1/4 cup water instead.
9. Butter Substitute. Need it in a hurry? The simple solution is 7/8 cup oil plus 1/2 tsp salt.
10. Cocoa Powder Substitute: Use one ounce unsweetened chocolate instead.
Don’t think you’ll be able to remember all of those ingredients? No problem. I created a Free Printable Ingredient Substitution list. You can get your Free Printable Ingredient Substitution Chart in an immediate download at this link.
Hopefully, using these simply ingredient substitutions will save a mad dash trip to the store. What is your favorite ingredient substitute that saves you time and money?