Food S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E.S.


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I am sure that I am not alone in this, and it has happened to you as well, while in the middle of cooking or baking to realize that you’re missing or short of some ingredients, so now you have to S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E.


How to substitute the most standard ingredients:

• All-purpose flour equal regular flour or cake four
•  Allspice 1 tsp equal ½ tsp cinnamon plus ½ tsp ground cloves
• Apple Pie Spice  1 tsp equal ½ tsp cinnamon plus ¼ tsp  nutmeg plus 1/8 tsp cardamom
• Baking Powder, Double-Acting 1 tsp equal ¼ tsp baking soda plus 5/8 tsp cream of tartar
• Butter 1 cup equal 1 cup regular margarine; 1 cup vegetable shortening (for baking);
An equal amount of oil can be used for a similar portion of MELTED butter if the recipe asks for MELTED butter.
• Buttermilk 1 cup equal 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar plus enough regular milk to make 1 cup (allow to stand 5 minutes to thicken)
• Chili Sauce 1 cup equal 1 cup tomato sauce, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 tbs vinegar, ¼ tsp cinnamon, dash of ground cloves and dash of allspice
• Chocolate, Unsweetened 1 ounce equal 3 tsp cocoa plus 1 tsp butter or regular margarine or vegetable oil
• Cinnamon equal allspice or cardamom
• Chocolate equal Carob. When substituting carob powder for chocolate in recipes, replace one square of unsweetened baking chocolate with 3 tsp each of carob powder and water.
• Wine equal vinegar – apple cider – apple juice – lemon. When substituting an ingredient like wine, think about the taste you want. If you prefer more of a bitter taste, use vinegar. If you want sweetness, use grape juice or apple cider.
• Cornstarch (for thickening) 1 tsp equal 2 tsp flour
• Egg 1 whole egg equal ¼ cup egg substitute
• Flour, All-Purpose White Flour 1 cup equal ½ cup whole wheat flour plus ½ cup all-purpose flour.
• Flour, Cake 1 cup equal 1 cup minus 2 tsp all-purpose flour
• Flour, Self-Rising 1 cup equal 1 cup minus 2 tsp all-purpose flour plus 1 ½ tsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt
• Garlic: 1 small clove equal 1/8 tsp garlic powder
• Herbs, Fresh 1 tbs, finely cut equal 1 tsp dried leaf herbs or ½ tsp ground dried herbs
• Lemon Zest (fresh grated lemon peel) 1 tsp equal ½ tsp lemon extract
• Mayonnaise for salads/salad dressings 1 cup equal 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup yogurt or 1 cup cottage cheese pureed in a blender
• Mustard, Dry in cooking 1 tsp equal 1 tbs prepared mustard
• Onion 1 small or ¼ cup chopped, fresh onion equal 1 tbs instant minced onion
• Rice Any amount equal Most rice products will substitute for each other on a fairly equal basis in recipes.
• Oregano equal Marjoram
• Sour cream equal yogurt
• Soy sauce equal salt equal teriyaki sauce equal To get a more soy like taste, mix ¾ tsp kosher salt and ½ tsp granulated sugar, and dissolve it in 1 tsp hot water.
• Sugar, Confectioners’ or Powdered 1 cup equal 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tbs cornstarch, well blended and powdery.
• Wine, Red Any equal The same amount of grape juice or cranberry juice
• Wine, White Any equal The same amount of apple juice or white grape juice
• Yeast, Compressed 1 cake (3/5 ounce) equal 1 package (¼ ounce) active dry yeast or ±2 ½ tsp loose active dry yeast

Make Healthy Eating Easy by substituting as follows


• Bread Crumbs equalChia Seeds
• Chocolate Chips equalCacao Nibs
• Croutons equal Almonds
• Iceberg Lettuce equal Romaine Lettuce
• Juice equalWater
• Mayo equalMustard
• Milk equal Almond Milk
• Potato Chips equalPopcorn
• Processed Peanut Butter equalUnprocessed Nut Butter
• Ranch Dressing equalOlive Oil + Balsamic Vinegar
• Soda equal Tea
• Sour Cream equal Greek Yogurt
• Sports Drink equal Coconut Water
• Table Salt equal Himalayan Crystal Salt
• Vegetable Oil equal Coconut Oil
• White Flour equal Coconut Flour
• White Rice equal Quinoa
• White Sugar equalStevia

Out of Eggs

•1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water equal 1 egg (blend until mixture is thick, creamy & egg like)
•1 tbsp chia seed + 1/3 cup water equal 1 egg (mix and let sit for 15 minutes)
•1 tbsp soy protein powder + 3 tbsp water equal 1 egg
•1 tbsp agar agar + 1 tbsp water equal 1 egg
•½ mashed banana equal 1 egg
•¼ cup unsweetened applesauce equal 1 egg
•3 tbsp peanut butter equal 1 egg

Compiled by:  Es Slabs

4 thoughts on “Food S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E.S.

  1. Fantastic information in this! Thanks! I’m sure that lot will come in handy at some point 😁
    And thank you also for following my blog, I have reciprocated & can see this may be the start of a beautiful culinary relationship 😊

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