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Simple Substitutions for Common Kitchen Ingredients

Updated on October 27, 2008

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Everyone is home for dinner so why not prepare something special for this rare, together-time meal. You decide on the honey-glazed rub recipe you've had your eye on for weeks. The sauce ingredients are beginning to simmer as you head to the pantry for the red stuff and then realize that you have no tomato sauce on hand. Ouch. Read on for easy-to-fix, emergency substitutions for common recipe ingredients that will get you to the finish line on time. Dinner is served!

How Much Should I Use?


You Don't have This...

...Substitute with This


1 cup dry breadcrumbs

¾ cup cracker crumbs

1TB Cornstarch

2-1/2 tsp Arrowroot or potato starch; 5 tsp rice starch ; or 2 TB all-purpose flour or quick-cooking tapioca

1 small clove garlic

1/8 tsp garlic powder


1 cup Honey

1-1/4 cups granulated sugar + 1/3 cup liquid.

For the liquid, I like to use apple juice for sweet recipes; and either broth, or a mixture of 1 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos with water to make 1/3 cup

1 small Onion

1 TB instant minced onion; 1/2 TB onion powder.

I have also used 1.5 TB snipped fresh chives

1 TB chopped Ginger

1/8 tsp powdered ginger; or 1 TB rinsed, chopped candied ginger

1 tsp Lemon juice

½ tsp vinegar

½ lb Fresh Mushrooms

1 (6 oz) can, drained

1 cup Yogurt

1 cup buttermilk; or 1 cup milk + 1 TB lemon juice


1 cup Tomato sauce

½ cup tomato paste + ½ cup water

Be sure to share your ingredient substitutions in the comments section below.


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    • LondonGirl profile image


      9 years ago from London

      very handy hub, for those of us who sometimes find ourselves short of a crucial ingredient!


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