Here are easy ingredient substitutions that any cook can use in a pinch with great results (without a mad dash to the grocery store).
If you are mid-recipe and discover you don’t have a needed ingredient, don’t panic!!! See the chart below for some handy ingredients that can be interchangeable with no adverse effects in taste or quality.
Handy Substitutions for Common Ingredients
- For 1 cup ricotta cheese use 1 cup cottage cheese.
- For 1 cup of chicken broth use 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup of water.
- For one cup buttermilk, add 1 TB lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 scant cup* 2% or whole milk.
- For 1 cup of evaporated milk, use 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup half-and-half.
Half and Half
- For 1 cup half-and-half, use 1 ½ Tbsp melted butter and enough whole milk to equal 1 cup
- Use plain Greek yogurt measure for measure.
- For 1 cup of tomato sauce use ½ cup tomato paste and ½ cup of water
- For every 1 cup of brown sugar, use 1 cup of granulated sugar + 2 TB molasses or maple syrup.
- For every 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar, use the following: Measure 1 cup granulated sugar. Replace 1 teaspoon of regular sugar with 1 teaspoon corn starch. Pulse in a blender until fine like powdered sugar.
- Use an equal amount of maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Use an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt.
- Use an equal amount of shortening.
- Use an equal amount of melted butter or olive oil.
- For every 1 cup heavy cream, use 3/4 cup whole milk + 1/4 cup melted butter (cooled not hot).
- For every 1 cup self-rising flour, use 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/4 tsp salt.
- For 1 cup cake flour, measure out 1 cup all-purpose flour. Remove 2 TB of the flour and replace it with 2 TB of cornstarch. Blend or sift to distribute cornstarch evenly throughout.
- For each teaspoon of lemon juice or zest, you can substitute lime juice or zest.
- Use cinnamon in place of allspice measure for measure.
- For 1 oz (1 square) unsweetened chocolate, use 3 TB unsweetened cocoa + 1 Tbsp melted butter
*A scant cup is just shy of a cup (usually 1-2 TB less than a full cup).
I hope these substitutions come in handy if you ever get caught without an ingredient!!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!