Put It On Your Fridge: A List Of Cooking Substitutions You Can Use Everyday

There’s nothing worse than when in the middle of a recipe you realize you’re missing one of the ingredients. And usually, it is at a time when the shops are closed, and the food must be ready. It may sound like a disaster, but there is a solution. We have made a list of possible substitutes and rules that you should follow, and your meal will be great.

It is first important to establish the role of the ingredient you are missing. They are generally divided into three roles:

– Ingredients that give the food structure and contribute to its consistency, for example the flour in chocolate cake.
– The main ingredients are the ones by which the dish is recognizable and make it what it is.
– The third type is the ingredients that give dishes taste and flavor but are not necessary for recognition.

How To Substitute Ingredients In Dishes

It is very ungrateful to substitute the main ingredients that define the taste. For example, if we make curry chicken, and remove the curry but put in anything else, we’ll not get the exact dish. If for health or religious reasons you can’t use a certain ingredient in a recipe, you can always use its base and let your imagination run wild and come up with a new recipe. For example chicken with curry can become chicken with lemon and yogurt, carob cake can be cinnamon cake, etc.

However, there is a card you can follow and use it to substitute certain ingredients in meal especially if you are baking something.

So here it goes.

– 1 cup bread crumbs = 1 cup crushed corn flakes or 1 cup rolled oats or 1 cup crushed crackers
– 1 cup cake flour = 2 tbsp corn starch + 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 cup self-rising flour = 1 tsp baking powder + 1 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 egg = ½  large banana
– 1 cup heavy cream = ¼ cup butter + ¾ cup milk
– 1 cup honey = ½ cup water + 1 ½ cup sugar or 1 cup maple syrup

– 1 tsp baking soda = 4 tsp baking powder
– 1 cup butter = 1 cup apple sauce or 1 cup shortening
– 1 cup oil = 1 cup applesauce
– 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk + 1 tbsp vinegar or 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 1 tbsp vanilla = 1 tsp maple syrup or 1 ½ tsp honey
– 1 cup brown sugar = 1 tbsp maple syrup + 2 tbsp molasses or 1 cup sugar +  1 cup sugar
– 1 cup sour cream = 1 tsp baking soda + 1 cup Greek yogurt
– 1 tsp baking powder = ½ tsp cream of tartar + ¼ tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp cream of tartar = 2 tsp vinegar or 2 tsp lemon juice

So, put this list on your fridge and use it whenever you run out of these ingredients.


Reference: How to make substitutions for spices, herbs, dairy and meat in your everyday cooking
Here’s a list of some common cooking substitutions

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