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Emergency food substitutions in the kitchen

Updated on July 27, 2012

There’s nothing more annoying than realizing I’m short on a thing or two mid-recipe! to assist you out, I’ve compiled an inventory of my most common substitutions:

White whole-wheat or gluten-free all-purpose flour blend (double the quantity needed)

BREAD CRUMBS: Ground oats, whole-grain cereal or crackers

BULGUR: Couscous quinoa or brown rice

LOW-FAT BUTTERMILK: Mix 1 cup low-fat milk with 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar; let stand for 10 minutes

LOW-FAT RICOTTA CHEESE: Purée low-fat cottage cheese or silken tofu until smooth

CILANTRO: Fresh dill, mint or flat-leaf parsley

NATU RAL UNSWEETENED COCOA POWDER: For every 3 tbsp needed, mix 3 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder and ‘h tsp cream of tartar, fresh lemon juice or white vinegar. To reverse, mix 3 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder and 1h tsp baking powder for every 3 tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder needed

EGG: For every large egg needed, mix 3 tbsp water and 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds; let stand until mixture turns sticky and slightly thick (use only in baking — the protein and fat in flaxseeds simulate the structuralizing properties of egg)

GARAM MASALA: Mix 1 tbsp toasted ground cumin, 1 tsp each toasted ground coriander and ground cinnamon and ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper (yields 5¼ tsp; store remaining in a zip- top bag)

LEMONGRASS: Lemonzest (½ tbsp per stalk)

RED PEPPER FLAKES: Ground chipotle chile pepper or hot paprika; ground cayenne pepper (half the quantity needed); hot sauce or minced fresh chile peppers (to taste)

LOW-SODIUM TAMARI: Low-sodium soy sauce

NONFAT PLAIN GREEK YOGURT: Strain low-fat sour cream or plain yogurt through a cheesecloth-lined finemesh sieve set over top of a bowl and refrigerate until thickened

FRESH HERBS: Dried herbs (sub in one-third of the quantity needed)


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    • Dojcinovski profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Macedonia

      Thank you very much, i really appreciate it :)

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      Amelia Griggs 

      7 years ago from U.S.

      Thanks for the handy food substitution list!

      Welcome to Hubpages and good luck with your writing. :-)


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