Out of an ingredient in your recipe? Try these substitutions!

How many times have you been in the middle of preparing a recipe and found you're out of an ingredient? You panic--do you have time to run to the store? Can you just leave it out? Could I use something else in its place? Most of the time, you can easily use other common kitchen staples to create the same effect as your missing ingredient. A few key points when making substitutions:

  • Measure each item correctly
  • Understand the chemical properties and the effect on the recipe
  • Keep moisture, taste, and texture in mind
  • Understand the difference in thickening or sweetening when substituting a sugar or flour ingredient

Common Substitutions

 
 
 
I need...
Amount...
Substitute...
Baking Powder
1 tsp
1/4 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp cream of tartar and 1/4 tsp cornstarch
Beef or Chicken Broth
1 C
1 bouillon cube, 1 tsp powdered broth base dissolved in 1 cup water.
Butter
1 C
7/8 cup oil plus 1/2 tsp salt
Semi-sweet Chocolate
1 oz
1 oz unsweet chocolate plus 4 tsp sugar
Cornstarch
1 TBSP
2 TBSP all-purpose flour
Sour Cream
1 C
7/8 cup milk, 1 Tbsp lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
Egg (in baking)
1
1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 Tbsp vinegar and 1 Tbsp liquid
Garlic
1 clove
1/2-1 tsp garlic salt **Reduce additional salt in the recipe**
Lemon Juice
1 tsp
1/2 tsp vinegar
Maple sugar
1/2 C
1 C maple syrup **Decrease other liquid by 1/2 C**
Mini Marshmallows
1 C
10 large marshmallows
Buttermilk
1 C
1 cup milk, plus 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice; let stand 5 minutes
Molasses
1 C
3/4 cup sugar plus 1 1/4 tsp cream of tartar **Increase liquid in recipe by 5 Tbsp**
Onion
1 small
1 tsp onion powder
Brown Sugar
1 C
1 C sugar plus 1/4 C unsulphured molasses
Sugar
1 C
1 C brown sugar, packed
Tomato sauce
2 C
3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water
Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp
1 tsp steak sauce

More by this Author

  • Tips For How to Stain Concrete Floors
    1

    You don't always have to tile, carpet, or hardwood your floors. The new thing is to just stain the concrete that's already there. It's a lot of work, but if done properly, your home will look gorgeous. If you're...

  • How to Get Rid of Mice In and Around The House?
    5

    Until this year, the only time that I've had mice or rats in the house were when my daughter had pet mice and rats, and one of those times we did have one loose in the house. (Science fair project got loose.) Anyway,...

  • How to Build Wooden Roof Trusses
    21

    You may refer to a truss as the rafter, but it's basically the skeleton of the roof, carrying the weight of the frame and supporting the walls of the building. Trusses are very important to preventing the walls from...


Comments 3 comments

pollobowl profile image

pollobowl 4 years ago from North Carolina

Excellent! I've actually used quite a few of these substitutions since I live so far from a grocery store. It's nice to see a long list for reference later though! Thank you!


RTalloni profile image

RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Necessity is the mother of invention and cooking displays that truth very well. Thanks for putting this together for us.


internpete profile image

internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

Well this is helpful! I had no idea it was possible to make so many substitutions. I would have thought it would mess up the recipe somehow. Great hub, voted up and shared!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working