Don't let a missing ingredient thwart your cooking projects. If your pantry looks a little sparse due to coronavirus bottlenecks, or you forgot to grab a particular product on your last trip to the grocery store, you don't have to throw your meal preparation plans to the trash. Check out these 30 substitutions for basic cooking and baking ingredients.
1. Applesauce as a substitute for oil
This substitute adds moisture to baked goods without the fat contained in oil. Use a 1: 1 ratio, e.g. B. 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 cup of oil. It tastes particularly good in muffins, banana bread and coffee cakes. It also works with brownies ̵
2. Yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise
This is particularly suitable for the production of salad dressings. (Although you may not want to spread yogurt on your BLT.) You can also use yogurt as a substitute for sour cream, either in baked goods recipes or as a delicious topping for baked potatoes and, if necessary, even for Mexican food.
3. Molasses and sugar as a substitute for brown sugar
A combination of 2 tablespoons of molasses mixed with 1 cup of granulated sugar replaces 1 cup of brown sugar, firmly packed. Mix thoroughly, preferably in or with a blender or food processor. There are actually a variety of brown sugar substitutes so you can choose your favorite.
4. Nutmeg as a substitute for cinnamon
Nutmeg is a little stronger than cinnamon, but the two spices are basically similar. Allspice can also work a little magic in a recipe that requires cinnamon, as can ginger, cardamom, cloves, and pumpkin pie spice.
5. Cottage cheese as a substitute for ricotta
Perhaps surprisingly, cottage cheese in lasagna is delicious. And it should also work in dishes like stuffed mussels.
6. Bourbon or rum for vanilla extract
Not only does this work – after all, vanilla extract contains alcohol – it also makes cooking more fun! The ratio is 1: 1, but who measures?
7. Flax seeds as a replacement for eggs
This trick is often used in vegan cuisine. Mix 1 tablespoon of flaxseed with 2 tablespoons of water and let it rest for about 5 minutes. The resulting mixture corresponds to an entire egg.
8. Oatmeal or shredded crackers to replace dry breadcrumbs
Crackers are a breeze – it's basically the same thing. And the oatmeal (ground) gives every "breading" a healthier, earthy atmosphere.
9. Butter and Unsweetened Cocoa Powder as a Substitute for Unsweetened Chocolate
Swap 1 tablespoon of butter in combination with 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa for 1 ounce of unsweetened chocolate. You can also replace the butter with shortening or vegetable oil.
10. Baking powder and tartar as a substitute for baking powder
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder with 1/2 teaspoon of tartar for your own provisional baking powder.
11. Yogurt and lemon juice as a substitute for buttermilk
Making cookies, but not buttermilk? Use 1 cup of yogurt (or 1 cup of milk) plus 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. You can also squeeze 1 tablespoon of lemon juice into 1 cup of milk.
12. Bouillon cubes to replace broth
Combine 1 bouillon cube with 1 cup of water, regardless of whether you need beef, chicken or vegetable broth.
13. Baking powder and lemon juice as a substitute for yeast
You can replace 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder in combination with 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.
14. Chicken broth as a substitute for beer
If you prefer to drink your beer rather than cook with it, use chicken broth in batter and bread instead.
15. Honey as a substitute for corn syrup and vice versa
This is an easy exchange because both are sweet and have a similar consistency. The ratio is 1: 1.
16. Lemon juice as a substitute for vinegar
The ratio is 1: 1, and you can also prepare 2 teaspoons of white wine per 1 teaspoon of vinegar.
17th Mashed avocado as a substitute for mayonnaise
They have a similarly greasy, creamy consistency.
18th Tomato paste diluted with water to replace tomato sauce
Use 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water. Add some steamed or freshly chopped tomatoes for a heartier, more robust sauce.
19th Margarine as a substitute for butter
No, they don't taste exactly the same, but it really makes little difference when baking. Let's put it this way: if you can choose between brownies and no brownies, you will use this margarine.
20. Vegetable shortening as a replacement for butter
This does not imitate the taste of butter, but reproduces its texture and emulsifying effect. But don't spread it on your bread.
21. A mix of butter and milk to replace half and half
Use a ratio of 1 cup milk to 1 tablespoon butter.
22. Remove two tablespoons of all-purpose flour to replace cake flour.
Take 1 cup of all-purpose flour and remove 2 tablespoons. Nigella Lawson recommends adding two tablespoons of cornstarch.
23. A simple preparation of tomato sauce to replace ketchup
All you need is 1 cup of tomato sauce with a teaspoon of vinegar plus 1 tablespoon of sugar.
24. Replace lime with lemon and lemon with lime.
You can do this for pretty much any recipe that requires both.
25. Replace molasses with brown sugar and tartar
Everything is 3/4 cup of brown sugar plus 1 teaspoon of tartar. Add some hot water to the mixture to restore the sticky consistency of the molasses.
26. Every member of the onion family can replace each other
Whether it is leek, shallot, spring onion, normal onion or even onion powder.
27. Swap orange juice for another type of lemon juice.
We speak of grapefruit, lemon or lime.
28. Worcestershire sauce can replace soy sauce.
Simply mix 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce with 1 tablespoon of water.
29. Broth to replace wine
As with any recipe that requires beer, wine can be replaced with some broth (chicken or beef).