Whatcha Makin' Now?: Ingredient Alternatives


Monday, April 18, 2011

Ingredient Alternatives

My lovely sister gave me a fancy TasteofHome day planner this past weekend.  In the very back of the planner are about 10 pages of really cool chef cheat sheets and tips.

The Ingredient Alternatives caught my eye right away and knew I needed to share.  Some of these surprised me! 

When you need...Use this...
Baking Powder1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar + 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Buttermilk1 cup1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar + enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir and let stand 5 minutes before using.
Cake Flour1 cup1 cup minus 2 tablespoons (7/8 cup) all-purpose flour
Chocolate, semisweet1 square, 1 ounce1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate + 1 tablespoon sugar OR 3 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
Chocolate, unsweetened1 square, 1 ounce3 tablespoons baking cocoa + 1 tablespoon shortening or canola oil
Cornstarch, for thickening1 tablespoon2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Corn Syrup, dark1 cup¾ cup light corn syrup + ¼ cup molasses
Corn Syrup, light 1 cup1 cup sugar + ¼ cup water
Cracker Crumbs1 cup1 cup dry bread crumbs
Cream, half-and-half1 cup1 tablespoon melted butter + enough whole milk to measure 1 cup
Garlic, fresh1 clove, minced1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Garlic Salt1 teaspoon1/8 teaspoon garlic powder + 7/8 teaspoon salt
Honey1 cup1 – ¼ cups sugar + ¼ cup water
Lemon Juice1 teaspoon1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Lemon Peel1 teaspoon½ teaspoon lemon extract
Milk, whole1 cup½ cup evaporated milk + ½ cup water. OR 1 cup water + 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
Molasses1 cup1 cup honey
Mustard, prepared1 tablespoon½ teaspoon ground mustard + 2 teaspoons vinegar
Onion1 small, chopped (1/3 cup)1 teaspoon onion powder OR 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
Sour Cream1 cup1 cup plain yogurt
Sugar1 cup1 cup packed brown sugar OR 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Tapioca2 tablespoons1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Tomato Juice1 cup½ cup tomato sauce + ½ cup water
Tomato Sauce2 cups¾ cup tomato paste + 1 cup water

More cheat sheets to come! 
I have my eye on a couple cupakes recipes I need to try...post to come soon!