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{Home Cooking} Common Substitute Ingredients

We’ve all had this happen to us…we’re in the middle of cooking or baking and crap on a cracker – we’re all out of baking powder.  Well before you send hubby out to get what you need, take a look around your kitchen..you might be able to use something else!

Here are some of my favorite ingredient substitutions – do you have any you’d like to share?

Allspice (1 tsp)

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

Baking Powder (1 tsp)

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

OR

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup

Brown Sugar (1 cup packed)

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • decrease the liquid in recipe by 1/4 cup

Buttermilk (1 cup)

  • 1 cup yogurt

OR

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • enough milk to make 1 cup

Corn Syrup (1 cup)

  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Cream – Half & Half (1 cup)

  • 7/8 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cream – Heavy (1 cup)

  • 1 cup evaporated milk 

OR

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter

Cream Cheese (1 cup)

  • 1 cup plain yogurt, strained overnight in a cheesecloth

Cream of Tartar (1 tsp)

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or vinegar

Egg (1 whole)

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 

OR

  • half a banana mashed with 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Honey (1 cup)

  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

OR

  • 1 cup corn syrup

Hot Pepper Sauce (Like Tabasco) (1 tsp)

  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Ketchup (1 cup)

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Mayonaisse (1 cup)

  • 1 cup sour cream 

OR

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

Soy Sauce (1/2 cup)

  • 4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water

Vegetable Oil – for baking (1 cup)

  • 1 cup applesauce

Vinegar (1 tsp)

  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice

OR

  • 2 teaspoons white wine

Wine (1 cup)

  • 1 cup fruit juice mixed
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
Jeana S

Jeana S

Research lab rat turned travel mom, Jeana S writes about gadgets, tech, entertainment, weddings and of course, travel. When she's not using her powers for social good, she enjoys photography, cooking and playing robots with her son. On occasion, you may also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben's underwear drawer.

2 Comments

  1. July 23, 2011 at 7:28 am — Reply

    Oh, these are great! Thanks for posting some of the more uncommon substitutions. I know I’ll use this list often – I’m copying it right now and sticking it into my recipe box!

  2. luckylifepath22
    October 1, 2011 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    these are great, particularly the one for baking powder – i never knew there was a good substitute for that

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