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...

"Heavy cream" made from melted butter and milk

by small h 2 months ago

With the understanding that this may be the dumbest question ever... I recently found myself bereft of heavy cream, yet in need of heavy cream. So I googled for a solution, and got this: htt...

Birch Leaf Oil?

by kim2001 23 days ago

I was looking at a recipe by Magnus Nilsson for a raspberry-beet dish. In the dish, the beets are seasoned with raspberry vinegar and birch leaf oil. I have seen birch leaf oil for aromatherapy or ...

Wheat Starch?

by Candy 12 years ago

I am trying to make a dough for a Chinese dumpling and the dough calls for wheat starch. I cannot find anything with that label. Seems like everything but. Bloomington is pretty diverse and I am s...

Huge challenge - cheese substitute for low iodine diet?

by PickyBunny 20 days ago

Trying to help my roommate out - she is on the low iodine diet in preparation for radioactive thyroid treatment. There are so many things she can't have. Plus she has food allergies to certain nuts...

Substituting ground cardamom for cardamom pods

by pagal 1 month ago

Hi, In general I never buy ground spices and prefer to grind my own. Recently however, I ordered some green cardamom pods from a store in New York. They were out of cardamom pods and sent me groun...

Buttermilk Substitution?

by StevietheFish 1 month ago

Of course, I forgot to pick up buttermilk this afternoon. I know about using milk + vinegar or lemon. On one website I saw using plain yoghurt in equal volume in lieu of buttermilk. I'm using this ...

Matzo Meal Substitute For Matzo Balls?

by animatrixie 7 years ago

Hey all! I live in a country that doesn't have matzo available in any form, but I'd like to make something getting as close to matzo balls as possible (I don't keep kosher, I'd just like to make s...


by LeCookieMonster 2 months ago

Covid19 has forced us to cook at home, which is a good thing. The problem I am having is that most casseroles require tons of cheeses or condensed soups. Is there a healthy substitute? We try to...

Substituting ghee for butter in BAKING

by sequins 13 years ago

In equal proportions or not? And is such substitution ever a bad idea? I'd be interested in its effects on, say, chocolate cake, cornbread, pie crust.

Cacao powder for chocolate macarons?

by boran 2 months ago

Can I use Hershey's cacao powder to make chocolate macarons? I saw a lot of recipes call for cocoa powder instead and I'm wondering if it will make the difference?

Substituting buttermilk for milk in baking

by jules127 9 years ago

I am hoping to take advantage of the plums debuting at my farmers market to make this plum upside-down cake. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Plum-Upside-Down-Cake-288 I am wond...

Substitutes for "kashmiri chili powder"?

by nomadchowwoman 9 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...

kosher substitute for Pancetta?

by deejw 12 years ago

Many great recipes call for the use of pancetta - which is a kind of bacon. It gives the food a smokey/salty flavor plus fat. I can't think of an ingredient to subsitute. Any thoughts?

Substitute for cornmeal to keep pizza dough from sticking to stone

by murphlaw152 7 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 ...

Have We All Been Wrong About Distilled White Vinegar?

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by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

Scott Hocker advocates for distilled white vinegar: " . . . Distilled white vinegar has some thoughts on all this. Distilled white vinegar is clear, made from the fermentation of distilled alcoh...

Masa Harina

by Mama_Di 3 months ago

Can mass harina be used to make a batter-type coating for corn dogs and other things?

Biscuits without baking powder or self rising flour?

by Chandler114 2 years 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 ...

Bread with Pancake Mix... Can't get flour...

by BluebirdHavenFarm 4 months ago

I am craving bread, store shelves are emptied of flour...I have 10 lbs of Pancake mix and a bread machine I have not used in years (still works). Any recipes? Thanks.

"Salad dressing" vs. mayonnaise

by tubman 4 months ago

There's been a COVID-19 run on my grocery on the mayo that I need for a shrimp salad. What's remaining is the nondescript "salad dressing" that looks an awful lot like mayo in a similar jar. What's...