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Can you please do a post that contains a substitutions list? I always forget little things at the grocery store, and I just need to know is baking soda a make it or break it in cookies? can i make brown sugar? whats ok to skip completely?? thanks!
I’ve said it before….I rarely have everything on hand for a recipe that I want to make. I would say about 90% off the time I don’t have everything for the recipe. So I always keep a good list of substitutions on hand! Here are a few of my favorite substitutions.
- Baking Mix(1 c. ) = 1 c. pancake mix
- Baking Powder(1 t.) = 1/4 t. cream of tartar + 1/4 t. baking soda
- Baking Soda(1/2 t.) =2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder (must replace the acidic liquid in recipe with non-acidic liquid)
- Beer(1 c.) = 1 c. chicken broth
- Brown Sugar(1 c.) = 1 c. white sugar + ¼ c. molasses(reduce the liquids in recipe by ¼ c.)
- Butter(1 c.) = 1 c. shortening OR 7/8 c. lard OR 7/8 c. vegetable oil
- Buttermilk(1 c.) = 1 T vinegar or lemon juice mixed with 1 c. milk(let sit for 10 minutes)
- Cake Flour(1 c.) = ¾ c. All purpose flour + 2 T. cornstarch
- Cocoa(¼ c.) = 1 square of unsweetened chocolate
- Cornstarch(1 T.) = 2 T flour
- Corn Syrup(1 c.) = 1 c. sugar + ¼ c. liquid
- Cottage Cheese(1 c.) = 1 c. ricotta cheese
- Cream, Heavy(1 c.) = 2/3 c. whole milk + 1/3 c. melted unsalted butter
- Cream, Light(1 c. ) = 7/8 c. whole milk + 1 1/2T butter
- Cream of Tartar(½ t.) = ½ t. vinegar or lemon juice
- Egg(1) = ½ banana mashed + ½ t. baking powder OR 3 T. mayonaise
- Evaporated Milk(1 c.) = 1 c. half and half
- Half and Half(1 c. ) = 7/8 c. whole milk + 2 T melted unsalted butter
- Honey(1 c.) = ¾ c. corn syrup + ½ c. white sugar
- Jello Prepared(3 oz) = 2 c. fruit juice + 1 T. plain gelatin
- Lard(½ c.) = ½ c. shortening
- Marshmallow Cream(1 container) = 8 large or 1 c. mini marshmellows melted
- Mayonnaise(1 c.) = 1 c. sour cream OR 1 c. yogurt
- Milk(1 c.) = 1/3 c. dry milk + 1 c. water
- Molasses(1 c. ) = 1 c. dark corn syrup
- Shortening(1 c.) = 1 c. minus 2 T. lard OR 1 c. plus 2 T. butter
- Sour Cream(1 c.) = 1 c. yogurt OR 1 c. whole milk + 1 T. vinegar
- Soy Sauce(½ c. ) = 4 T. Worcestershire sauce + 1 T. water
- Sugar, White(1 c.) = 1 ¾ c. powdered sugar OR 1 c. brown sugar
- Sweetened Condensed Milk(1 can) = 1 c. dry milk + 2/3 c. white sugar + 3 T. melted butter + ½ c. boiling water
- Vinegar(¼ c.) = 1/3 c. lemon juice
- Yogurt(1 c.) = 1 c. sour cream
Not all of these substitutions will work in every recipe. Some of these ingredients can be very picky depending on what you are making so just remember if you are using a substitution the recipe may not turn out exactly how it was supposed to.
And as for the brown sugar…to make your own at home is so simple! All you need to do is mix 1 T. molasses with 1 c. white sugar. Fluff the mixture together with a fork to make sure the sugar is all the way coated with the molasses to get the most even flavor.
Do you have any special substitutions that always work for you? Or do you avoid doing substitutions at all costs?