Ingredient Substitutions

Can you swap applesauce for butter? What should you use if you run out of vinegar? Find out everything you need to know about ingredient substitutions for cooking and baking.

13 Ingredient Swaps for Healthier Cooking

Eating healthy seems like a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Even just tweaking little things here and there—like adopting meatless Mondays, weaning yourself off soda, or picking less-processed food...

Substitute for cornmeal to keep pizza dough from sticking to stone

by murphlaw152 6 years ago

Just received a pizza stone as a gift. It specifically states: "Do not use sprays or oils on the stone. Dust the stone with cornmeal to keep dough from sticking". From what I understand, seasoning ...


What is best substitute for US “heavy cream” in Canada?

by chezCody 5 days ago

I have a new ice cream maker and all the (American) recipes call for “heavy cream”, which I simply cannot find in shops in Canada. (There was an old discussion on this four years ago I ran across, ...

What is Caster Sugar?

by Brian 16 years ago

I'm making a recipe that calls for 4 tbsp of caster sugar. Never heard of it. Can I substitute regular sugar for it?

Date Honey Mustard - A Vegan Replacement for Honey Mustard?

by Rebel46 18 days ago

While have read numerous recipes on Vegan Honey free alternatives to Honey Mustard, has anyone ever attempted to use Date syrup / Date Honey in place of Honey to create Date Honey Mustard as it wer...

Hellmann's Mayonnaise substitute in the New York area?

by Glendale is hungry 5 years ago

Now that Unilever has wrecked Hellmann's Mayonnaise by changing the formula, what are former Hellmann's lovers using instead? In another post, several people recommended "Duke's" and said that i...

Making Whipped Cream with Half and Half?

by DishDelish 10 years ago

I have a half gallon of half and half in my fridge and would like to make some whipped cream with it, I know that I need whipping cream to do this but I was wondering if there is anything I could a...

coconut milk substituted with regular milk

by sylvan 7 years ago

when making chicken curry and the recipe calls for coconut milk, can I substitute regular milk? I'm not concerned with being "authentic" thanks

Dark Molasses Substitute - BBQ Sauce

by elys_k 1 month ago

I've made really delicious ribs with a homemade barbecue sauce in the past via a recipe where one of the ingredients was light/dark molasses. This one time I was at a friend's cottage and was asked...

Is there a good substitution for Fish sauce?

by kezdenek 6 years ago

Hi fellow food lovers, We are making a homemade Pad Kee Mao. Our first time to make fresh pasta for a thai dish so we are really excited. Problem is I really am not the biggest fan of fish ...

Substitution for Yogurt in parve recipes?

by websterhall1994 9 years ago

I've come across a bunch of recipes lately I want to try. I can't find Parve Soy yogurt in Vanilla or Plain -Trader Joe's only has fruity flavors and the Silk brand are dairy. I'm looking specifi...

Tapioca vs. Cornstarch?

by fat kitty 12 years ago

Hi. I have a cherry pie recipe that calls for tapioca to thicken the filling. I assume they mean tapioca flour. This is not something that I have around the house, but I do have cornstarch on hand....

Cumin substitute for Pesach

by EmpireState 7 years ago

I started making a quinoa salad for tomorrow and I realized that it calls for cumin, which we don't use. Any good, readily available substitutes?

Cooking for alcoholics: how do you substitute for wine-based vinegars?

by Eminbklyn 8 years ago

If you're following a total avoidance of alcohol, how do you get around the need for red-wine vinegar, white-wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, etc.? I am planning to make a Spanish sopa de ajo blanco, ...

Opinions: use cucumber in place of zucchini in soup?

by MidwesternerTT 2 months ago

I've got a bag of mini-cucumbers to use up, and plans to make our spice-wimp variation of the CH Mexican turkey-meatball soup this week. https://www.chowhound.com/recipes/mexican-turkey-meatball-s...

Whatever happened to carob?

by newhound 12 years ago

Growing up in the seventies and eighties, it seemed like carob was the ubiquitous "natural" substitute for chocolate... but now, even in a rising culture of health food, alternatives, and organic s...

Can I substitute dried peppermint for mint in recipes?

by lisaleira 2 months ago

Hello! I have a ton of dried peppermint from Frontier Market that I use for tea. Is this the same as the mint you find fresh in the store? I’m wondering if for recipes that add a bit of mint, if d...

Help!!! Cake needs potato starch, can I substitute something?

by birddogfoodie 12 years ago

Want to bake the chocolate pound cake from this month's Cuisine. It calls for 1 tablespoon potato starch. I don't have any and can't find any within about 10 miles. Can I use corn starch? or add mo...

Can you help me decipher the ingredients in this mochi waffle mix?

by ughusernamealreadytaken 3 months ago

I got this mix in Hawaii and they don't sell online much to my chagrin. I've tried dozens of internet recipes but none are as good as the mix! The ingredients are super vague and I was hoping someo...

Substitute for Okara (soy bean pulp)

by ulurujamman 3 months ago

Hi, I'm trying to make a recipe for buta no kakuni I found in an issue of the Japanese magazine Dancyu; at one point it calls for the pork belly to be simmered for 2 hours together with a quanti...

Substitute saltine crumbs for matzo meal?

by dmd_kc 9 years ago

Anyone have success with this in making matzo balls? Because of the terrible weather we're having, I refuse to make a stop at the store -- but I'm really craving matzo balls, and I will be coming ...