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Substitutions in a Hurry

Substitutions in A Hurry

Do you find that just when you plan to make a certain dish, you don't have all the ingredients that are listed. We may decide to find another recipe or try to substiute with other ingredients. When I put aside a recipe, most times I forget about it and do not get back to it.

Especially during the festive season a lot of us are looking at cooking and there are times that we don't have what the recipe asks for. I recently found a full page newspaper guide, (that I had saved all these years) that included what they describes as Emergency Substitutions. I am including a part of the list and will continue with the rest of the list on an ongoing basis.The information was listed in a newspaper published in Star Tribune in Minneapolis St. Paul on Thursday, January 11, 2001

This list is about substituting cooking and baking ingredients.

Emergency Substitutions
If You Don't Have Substitute
Buttermilk 1 cup milk plus 1 tblsp. lemon juice(wait 5 min)
Sifted cake flour 1 cup minus 2 tblsps sifted all purpose flour
1 oz unsweetened chocolate 3 tblsps unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tblsp butter
1 oz unsweetened chocolate 1 & 2/3oz semi sweet chocolate. Reduce sugar in recipe by 2 tsps
1 tblsp cornstarch 2 tblsp. flour
1 cup light corn syrup or honey 1 ¼ cup sugar plus 1/3 cup liquid
1 clove garlic ¼ tsp garlic powder
1 cup half & half 7/8 cup milk plus 3 tblsps melted butter
1 cup heavy cream ¾ cup milk plus 1/3 cup melted butter
1 tblsp fresh herbs 1 tblsp dried herbs
1 cup whole milk ½ cup evaporated milk plus ½ cup water, or 1 cup skim milk plus 2 tsp melted butter
¼ cup chopped onions 1 tblsp dried minced onion
½ cup wine (in desserts) ½ cup fruit juice
½ cup wine (in cooking) ½ cup broth
broth Use the same amount of water

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