Kitchen Tips – Emergency Substitution List

Ever start a recipe, get halfway through preparing it only to discover that you were missing an ingredient? Yeah…me too. With the rising cost of gas prices, I hate having to run to the store for just one thing. So here is a list of emergency substitutions that may reduce the need  to run out to the store. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. 🙂

Allspice: 1 tsp = 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/2 tsp cloves

Self-rising flour: 1 cup = 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour + 1 1/2 tsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt

Self-rising cornmeal: 1 cup = 1 cup plain cornmeal minus 2 Tbsp plain cornmeal + 1 1/2Tbsp baking powder + 1/2 tsp salt

Honey: 1 cup = 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/4 cup water

Sweetened condensed milk: 1 can= 1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp of evaporated milk + 1 cup sugar+ 3 tbsp butter; heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves

Cake flour: 1 cup = 1 cup – 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

Cornstarch (for thickening): 1 Tbsp = 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

Baking powder: (Version 1)1 tsp = 1/4 tsp baking soda+ 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

(Version 2) 1 tsp = 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 cup buttermilk, sour cream or yogurt (to replace 1/2 cup of liquid called for in recipe)

Granulated sugar: 1 cup = 1 cup packed brown sugar or 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

Corn syrup: 1 cup = 1 cup granulated sugar + 1/4 cup liquid

Unsweetened chocolate:  1 oz square = 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 Tbsp butter, margarine or oil

Whole milk: 1 cup = 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water

Buttermilk:  (Version1)1 cup= 1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar + enough whole milk to make 1 cup (let it stand 5 min. before using)

(Version2) 1 cup = 1 cup whole milk + 1 3/4 tsp cream of tartar

(Version 3) 1 cup = 1 cup plain yogurt

I hope these are of some use to you. 🙂 Keep in mind that there are some recipes that do not work well with substitutions, some of these are only meant to be used if you find yourself in a pinch.

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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8 thoughts on “Kitchen Tips – Emergency Substitution List

  1. I love your blog. I don’t know how to put this, but I am a terrible cook. You have so many yummy recipes and they all look so easy. I started following you by e-mail (which I almost never do) but I feel like you can help me! I am so EXCITED! I am going to add the subsititution thing to facebook, too!


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