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.

Old-fashioned oats vs. quick-cooking oats

by Katie Nell 13 years ago

I understand what the difference between old-fashioned oats and quick-cooking oats is, but don't know when to use what? When a recipe calls for just oats or rolled oats, what is it referring to? ...

Shortening vs. Lard

by dimsumgirl 7 years ago

I have a recipe that calls for shortening. I have lard but no shortening. Should I use the lard or just wait until I can go out and buy the shortening? How different are they? I'm making ginger...

Need Help - Gruyère Substitute

by blackstar199445 11 days ago

Trying to make homemade French onion soup which calls for Gruyère cheese what can be substituted for it

Need a recipe for Oreo cookie for crust or wafer substitute

by lulumoolah 7 years ago

I'm hoping to make a baked alaska recipe that calls for an oreo cookie crust. I know that Oreo used to sell the cookie part separately for a while, but I've read online that the company now has di...

Oxtail over $10 a pound, are beef neckbones a suitable sub?

by CookingChemicalEngineer 22 days ago

Hi, I love making oxtail stew in the instant pot and varying the recipes from what you might call "American pot roast standard" to more Cuban style to more Jamaican style. But the oxtail meat is...

What's your foolproof way to make a creamy sauce?

by CookingWithEwa 16 days ago

Hi guys, I am looking forward to hearing from you about foolproof ways to make a creamy sauce without using dairy products. All tips and tricks welcome!

Biscuits without baking powder or self rising flour?

by Chandler114 12 months ago

My boyfriend and I like to make as much from scratch as possible. If we can't make one of the ingredients, then we don't want to make the main dish. We've both been discussing biscuits. We're from ...

Chili Sauce

by jinks1 22 days ago

can i use dynasty szechwan chili sauce when a recipe calls for regular chili sauce? making a meatloaf and trying a new recipe that i found

UK Equivalent of Velveeta Cheese?

by SpennyJ 11 years ago

I want to make some cheese sauce for nachos but every recipe I can find uses velveeta, Is there something I can buy in UK supermarkets thats close to that? Thanks.

Substituting Red Chili Pepper Flakes for Dried Chinese Chili Peppers

by masha 1 month ago

Since it's Chinese New Year, I was planning to make some Chinese food for dinner tonight. One of the recipes calls for 6 dried red chili peppers; after searching some local groceries (not Asian sp...

Cosmos without Triple Sec?

by Telandraa1 2 months ago

I am on Chemo and going on a cruise in a few weeks. I am told not to have anything made with Seville Oranges & that leaves out Triple Sec and Cointreau. I love Cosmos, what can I substitute?

Gluten-free Chinese dumpling wrappers

by tetraneutron 1 month ago

I'm having a Lunar NewYears party and one of my guests has a wheat allergy. Most Asian dumpling and wonton wrappers are made with wheat. Rice paper (like what you use in summer rolls) aren't the sa...

What fish to substitute for pike in quenelles?

by improvcook 9 years ago

Fish dealers in my city don't sell pike (and if they did, the fish might be environmentally unsafe anyway). What can I substitute if I want to make quenelles? Would mahi-mahi work? I've tried sa...

Vegan Ras malai

by JQ32 2 months ago

Ok, so I know that this is the "dairy-est" of desserts (cheese curd "dumplings" in a fragrant cream)....but my stomach can't handle the dairy anymore. FWIW I'm fully aware that a vegan version will...

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 ...

What is a good substitute for ginger?

by chocolatejam 7 years ago

I don't care much for the taste of ginger and so I avoid most recipes that require it. What is a good substitue? I did buy a small piece of ginger root today to sample it again, maybe it ...

Pasilla chile substitute?

by stockholm28 5 years ago

I have a recipe I want to make that calls for a Pasilla chile. From what I can tell on the internet search, it looks like a pasilla chile is a dried chile. I have both ancho and guajillo chil...

Substitute for cake mix?

by Zorra 13 years ago

I was given the recipe for some delicious pecan pie bars. The first ingredient is a box of yellow cake mix. I would prefer not to use that. What proportion of flour, baking powder, etc. do you thin...

Lawry's Roasted Garlic, Substitute?

by fleetwoodPC 3 months ago

Lawry's Roasted Garlic was fantastic and is now discontinued. It was coarsely ground. Has anyone found a reasonable substitute? (Please don't simply list other roasted garlic products ... ...

Substitute for mushrooms...

by JuniorBalloon 4 years ago

So many recipes call for them, but I am one of those unlucky people that hates mushrooms. To me they taste like dirt...bad dirt. :) Is there anything that can take their place? Usually I just omit ...