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.

An A-Z Ingredient Substitute Guide for When You're Out of Everything

If you're looking for an ingredient substitute, we've got an (almost) complete A-Z list right here for you. Whether you're out of eggs, flour, yeast, or butter—or need an alternative to fresh herbs...

Powdered buttermilk

by kimdyuma57 12 days ago

I have a recipe that calls for 2 cups of buttermilk, I realize that I can sour milk instead but I use the powdered buttermilk in many recipes so can I use it in steamed Boston brown bread?

Sticking to the Recipe... Not

by zackly 1 month ago

I’m not much of a recipe follower as, I would imagine, most experienced cooks aren’t either. Recipes for me are general guidelines for ingredients and methods. A lot of the time I use what’s in the...

Cake recipe calls for instant vanilla pudding. I don't have any. Is there a substitute?

by xena 15 years ago

I was just about to make a cake using a recipe shared here by renov8r and discovered that I needed a box of instant vanilla pudding. I didn't have any so used another recipe entirely but I was won...

Substitutes for "kashmiri chili powder"?

by nomadchowwoman 11 years ago

I've googled this, but since there seem to be a lot of different recs, I'd appreciate advice from CHers. I have on hand: cayenne, chipotle, ancho, arbol, aleppo, paprika (both hot and sweet), and...

Turkey enchilada soup recipe calls for canned Hatch red and green enchilada sauce. What do you think?

by laredo 2 months ago

I saw this recipe (calls also for corn tortillas and garlic; can't remember the rest but not complex at all) and ordered the canned sauces. Then had second thoughts. I once bought green enchilada...

Calamari Challenge!

by ricepad 4 months ago

[Before you read on, it may be helpful to check out the link to Episode 484 of This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/484/doppelgangers/act-one] There is an allegation/urban legen...

Riesling Vinegar Substitute?

by kim2001 2 months ago

I have a recipe that calls for riesling vinegar, but I can't find it anywhere near me. What is a good substitute?

Trader Joe's Item Query

by Querencia 3 months ago

Trader Joe's has discontinued its Latin Style Black Bean Soup (in cartons). I count this a major loss as with a can of refried black beans added to enhance texture, this well-favored soup is a del...

Chocolate Fondue use Milk or Cream?

by FrznrthS 4 months ago

Hi, I was looking at chocolate fondue recipes and saw one author suggesting to use milk if you want a more intense chocolate taste and to use cream if you want the taste more muted. True? I was...

Stupid question about leftover pork roast...

by luvcubs 5 months ago

I have leftover Asian pork roast in the freezer. I don't really want sandwiches (husband doesn't care for them). Can I substitute shredded in for recipes that call for ground pork? I'm guessing ...

Samurai Sauce??!!

by eaweiss 5 months ago

We received two bottles of Samurai Sauce as souvenirs of a friend's travel to Paris. We preferred Carrefours over D&L. Despite careful rationing, we are running out! Can anyone suggest where to b...

Sub for smoked herring

by Kdsantoro 6 months ago

I’m trying to make the recipe below and am having trouble finding smoked herring fillets. Closet thing I’ve seen is cod fillets (Bacalao) which are salted. Can I sub and how would adjust to get ri...

Former Omnivore looking for tastiest meat substitutes

by yippee1999 1 year ago

Hi everyone. Can folks give me their recommendations for the most 'authentic' tasting/looking meat substitutes (please include exact name/brand, etc.)? Specifically I'm looking for substitutes fo...

Buttermilk Hack

by mike0989 2 years ago

I'm looking to make chicken and dumplings tonight, but do not have any buttermilk. I hate to go out and buy a carton, when then the recipe only calls for 3/4 cup. Any hack out there that one can ...

Olive question

by bsugarcream 6 months ago

I need some olives for a dish I'm cooking. It calls for kalamata but I find the taste too strong. Is there an olive similar to kalamata but with a less strong flavor?

I can't do goat cheese. Substitute?

by Susan627 13 years ago

I love any kind of cheese, the stinkier the better. But I just can't wrap my arms around chevre. I have tried all kinds, many times, but to me it just taste hairy. So I would like to know, what ...

How to convert tea leaf to liquid tea for baking?

by cgxy96 9 months ago

So the recipe calls for 3 tablespoon of tea or quarter cup tea from tea bags. I don't have a grinder and I can't be bothered to chop it separately. Do I just brew 3 tablespoon tea leave in quarter ...

evaporated milk versus cream

by dutchdot 14 years ago

I have a recipe that calls for evaporated milk. As a dedicated believer in fresh is always better, could I/should I substitute heavy cream for the evaporated milk?

What can I substitue for crab?

by Miri1 11 years ago

I've been seeing a lot of recipes for crab cakes lately that look amazing. Problem is, I don't eat shellfish (I keep Kosher) and I don't know what crab tastes like, so I don't know what would work ...