We’ve all done it. It seems to happen the most often when we have company coming or are otherwise rushed and/or snowed in (okay, maybe that’s just me). We start cooking–and realize we don’t have something vital. Then we panic.
Allspice = cinnamon plus a dash of nutmeg or cloves
Apple Pie Spice (1 teaspoon) = 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, and dash ground cloves or ginger
Baking Powder (1 teaspoon) = 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Basil = oregano or thyme
Bread Crumbs, fine dry (1/4 cup) = 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs or 1/4 cup cracker crumbs or 1/4 cup cornflake crumbs
Butter or Margarine, in baking or cooking (1 cup) = 1 cup lard or shortening or 7/8 cup vegetable oil
Buttermilk (1 cup) = 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough whole milk to make one cup (let stand 5 minutes before using), or 1 cup whole milk plus 1 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, or 1 cup yogurt
Cardamom = ginger
Chocolate, Semi-Sweet (1 ounce) = 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 4 teaspoons sugar
Chocolate, Unsweetened (1 ounce) = 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon shortening or cooking oil
Corn Syrup (1 cup) = 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water (….or bourbon…GO AHEAD)
Cornstarch, for thickening (1 tablespoon) = 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Cream, Light (1 cup) = 1 tablespoon melted butter plus enough whole milk to make one cup
Cumin = chili powder
Egg (1 whole) = 2 egg yolks plus 1 tablespoon water
Egg, in baking (1) = 1 teaspoon cornstarch plus 1/4 cup water
Flour, Bread (1 cup) = 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon (or 2 tablespoons for higher gluten) vital wheat gluten
Flour, Cake (1 cup) = 1 cup of all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons cornstarch.
Flour, for thickening (1 tablespoon) = 1 1/2 teaspoons corn flour, arrowroot, potato flour, or rice flour or 2 teaspoons tapioca
Flour, Pastry (1 cup) = Use 2/3 cups all-purpose flour plus 1/3 cup cake flour
Flour, Self-Rising (1 cup) = 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Garlic (1 clove) = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Ginger = allspice, cinnamon, mace, or nutmeg
Herb, Fresh (1 Tablespoon any) = 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon of the same dried herb
Honey (1 cup) = 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water (CAN IT BE RUM? just askin’)
Italian Seasoning = combination of basil, oregano, rosemary, and ground red pepper
Mace = allspice, cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg
Milk, Whole (1 cup) = 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water or 1 cup water plus 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
Molasses (1 cup) = 1 cup honey
Mustard, Dry (in mixtures)(1 teaspoon) = 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
Oil, in baking (1 cup) = 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Onion, 1 small chopped = 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
Poultry Seasoning (1 teaspoon) = 3/4 teaspoon sage plus a 1/4 teaspoon combination of thyme, marjoram, savory, black pepper, and rosemary
Pumpkin Pie Spice (1 teaspoon) = 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt, Cheese = a medium-size grained Kosher or Pickling/Canning Salt
Salt, Kosher = a coarse, non-iodized (make sure there are no additives) Table or Pickling/Canning Salt
Salt, Pickling/Canning = a coarse Kosher Salt
Salt, Popcorn = grind your favorite salt in a spice grinder until a very fine powder. You can add any spices you’d like right in with the salt at the same time.
Salt, Pretzel = a large, coarse grained Kosher Salt
Sour Cream, in baking (1 cup) = 7/8 cup buttermilk or sour milk plus 3 tablespoons butter
Sour Cream, in salad dressings or casseroles (1 cup) = 1 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 cup sour milk plus 1/3 cup butter
Sugar, Brown, dark (1 cup) = 1 cup granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoon molasses
Sugar, Brown, light (1 cup) = 1 cup granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon molasses
Sugar, Confectioners (1 3/4 cup) = 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon corn starch in blender until powdery, stirring often
Sugar, Superfine = process regular sugar in a food processor or blender for about a minute
Sugar, White (1 cup) = 1 cup packed brown sugar, 2 cups powdered sugar, or equal amounts raw sugar
Tapioca, for thickening (2 tablespoons) = 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Tomato Juice (1 cup) = 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water
Tomato Sauce (2 cups) = 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water
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