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18 Most Common Ingredient Substitutions Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

18 Most Common Ingredient Substitutions

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


There’s nothing worse than being knee deep in a recipe and realizing you’re out of something! Here are 18 common ingredient substi­tutions that will save you from your kitchen woes!

Subsitute Ingred­ients

Applesauce for Oil
A common sub for oils and other fats is apples­auce. The consis­tency of the apple sauce keeps any baked good moist just like the oil would but with less fat.
Lemon Juice for Vinegar
If you’re all out of vinegar substitute with lemon juice;the acidity of the lemon mimics that of the vinegar.
Cream & Yogurt for Crème Fraiche
Heavy cream and plain yogurt can be mixed together to substitute crème fraiche. To yield one cup of crème fraiche mix a cup of heavy cream with 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt.
Yogurt for Mayo
For baking purposes when you've run out of mayo, sour cream or plain yogurt will do the trick!
Bouillon Cube for Chicken Broth
When simmering chicken bones on the stove for hours isn't an option, opt for a bouillon cube. Mix the bouillon of your choice (they come in veggie, chicken or beef) with boiling water and presto, instant chicken broth.
Dairy-Free Milk for Regular Milk
Someone drank the last milk, what to do? Opt for soy, almond or coconut milk. Each milk will offer varying texture and flavour since they all taste quite different, but still yummy!
Baking Soda & Cream of Tartar for Baking Powder
No baking powder, no problem! Substitute ¼ teaspoon of baking soda mixed with ½ teaspoon cream of tartar to fill in for 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
Vegetable Shortening for Butter
If butter is missing in action opt for vegtable shorte­ning. The texture and fat content of the shortening will mimic the properties of the butter.
Sugar & Molasses for Brown Sugar
Crack out the food processor and mix granulated sugar with molasses and instantly you’ll have brown sugar. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars for this substitute especially while baking!
Crushed Crackers for Bread Crumbs
All out of breadc­rumbs? Don't fret! Simply open up a box of your favourite crackers and run them through the food processor. You'll have coating for your chicken in no time! Oats are also a great substitute for breadc­rumbs.
Yogurt for Sour Cream
Plain yogurt is the perfect substitute for sour cream because it mocks both consis­tency and flavour. Sour cream is a bit tangier then the yogurt but it will do the trick! For a healthier twist use plain yogurt on your tacos
Milk & Lemon Juice for Buttermilk{{nobreak}
Milk mixed with lemon juice will replace buttermilk when in a pinch. The acidity in the lemon juice helps sour the milk and give it the tangy flavour. If lemons aren’t available white vinegar will save the day! Another option is thinning plain yogurt or sour cream with water or milk.
Cake & All-Pu­rpose Flour for Pastry Flour
Combining cake flour with all-pu­rpose flour closely matches the proteins that make up pastry flour. If cake flour isn’t an option combine one tablespoon of cornstarch with all-pu­rpose flour until one cup is reached.
Dark Corn Syrup for Molasses
Molasses is often quite expensive but can be mimicked with a few different ingred­ients. When substi­tuting one cup of molasses try ¾ cup of brown sugar or one cup of dark corn syrup or maple syrup. If the recipe relies on the distinct flavour of the molasses stick to the brown sugar substi­tution as it is the closest substi­tute.
White Vinegar & Lemon Juice for Cream of Tartar
When beating egg whites and using an equal amount of white vinegar and lemon juice will act just like the cream of tartar. When in a pinch baking powder can be used as a substitute for the missing cream of tartar.
Fennel Seeds for Anise
Opt for anise extract or fennel seeds if all out of anise.
Tomato Paste & Water for Tomato Sauce
In a pinch for tomato sauce, combine equal parts tomato paste and water for a quick fix. You can also add in canned tomatoes for extra flavour!
Nutmeg for Cinnamon
Nutmeg or All Spice will save the day if cinnamon is no where to be found in the kitchen.