Are You Missing An Ingredient? Here Are The Substitutes You Can Use

What can you do if you cook and suddenly do not have enough sugar or there are no breadcrumbs in the cupboard? Run to a neighbor or shop? No! You can find a replacement for a missing product. 

Key ingredients

Many products have, if not identical, similar tastes, especially after thermal treatment. So if you’re cooking salt and haven’t bought capers, don’t be upset. You can give the soup the desired sourness with olives or pickled gherkins. Or, for example, if you need white wine to stew meat and it’s not in the fridge, just replace it with chicken broth.

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Sometimes we know what we can replace. For example, known interchangeable ingredients are lemon juice and vinegar, baking powder, and hash soda. But how much of one ingredient corresponds to another? You’ll also find clues in proportions where it’s important.

Are You Missing An Ingredient? Here Are The Substitutes You Can Use
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Dairy products and eggs are part of many dishes. Most dairy products are interchangeable. Complexities are only with English-language recipes.

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For example, cottage cheese – crumbly, with a pronounced milky taste – in the West is considered a variety of young soft cheese. There, grainy cottage cheese is called village cheese – cottage cheese, and sour cream (sour cream) to taste and consistency more like Greek yogurt. It is also impossible to put a mark of equality between buttermilk and kefir or rye. However, all Western dairy products can be replaced.

Are You Missing An Ingredient? Here Are The Substitutes You Can Use
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Sauces play an important role in cooking. Most of them are sold in the finished form. But if you forgot to buy Tabasco or mayonnaise – it does not matter. You can find a way out.

Are You Missing An Ingredient? Here Are The Substitutes You Can Use
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Do not throw away the recipe, if a dressing is not the usual olive oil, but, for example, sesame oil or Chinese vinegar, they have alternatives.

Are You Missing An Ingredient? Here Are The Substitutes You Can Use
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Baking is the highest aerobatics in cooking. Not everyone is friends with the dough and oven. Many believe that when cooking sweet and unsweetened baking should strictly follow the recipe, otherwise it will not work. It’s true. But, if the kitchen suddenly did not have baking powder or flour for muffins, it does not mean that the homemade buns or pies will have to give up. Most of the ingredients in baking recipes are replaceable.

IngredientProportionReplacement
Agar-agar1 г8g gelatin
Arrowroot1 tsp.2 tbsp flour or 1 tbsp cornstarch
Vanilla (pods)1 stick (5 cm)1 tsp vanilla extract
Vanillin (powder)1 sachetVanilla in pods, vanilla sugar, or a couple of drops of vanilla essence
Wine stone1/2 tsp.11/2 tsp lemon juice or table vinegar
Ready baking mixture1 cupHalf a cup of flour, half a cup of shortening, 21/2 tsp baking powder, and 3/4 tsp salt
Yeast pressed1/2 pack2 tbsp dry yeast
Dry yeast1 tbsp.25g pressed yeast
Cocoa powder4 ст. л.30g unsweetened dark chocolate
Ammonium carbonate1 tsp.1 tsp baking powder
Coconut cream Cream
Coconut milk Cow’s milk
Coconut shavings1 tbsp.11/2 tbsp fresh grated coconut
Corinna (dark raisins without bone) Other types of raisins or shredded dates
Cornstarch1 tbsp.2 tbsp wheat flour; 2 tbsp tapioca (manioca sago); 21/2 tsp arrowroot
Light corn syrup1 cupA glass of honey or a glass of sugar plus 1/4 cup of water
Dark corn syrup1 cupA glass of maple syrup or 3/4 cup light corn syrup plus 1/4 cup of molasses (black molasses)
Carob (carob pods)1 tbsp.1 tbsp cocoa powder
Marzipan21/2 cup2 cups chopped almonds, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 2 tbsp corn syrup
Marshmallow Marshmallows
Melissa (black molasses)1 cupA glass of honey or 3/4 cup of sugar plus 1/4 cup of water
Honey1 cupA glass of corn syrup; 11/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water; an incomplete glass of buttermilk plus 2 tbsp melted shortening
Flour for muffin1 cupAn incomplete glass of wheat flour of the highest grade (you can add 2 tbsp cornstarch)
Flour confectionery Bakery flour of the highest or first grade
Self-in-a-half flour (ready mixture of flour, salt and baking powder)1 cupGlass of wheat flour of the highest grade, 11/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt
Potato flour1 tbsp.2 tbsp wheat flour of the highest grade or 1 tbsp cornstarch
Corn flour Wheat flour of the highest grade
Maize flour (masa harina) Corn flour
Rye flour Wheat flour of the highest grade
Rice flour1 cupAn incomplete glass, glass of wheat flour of the highest grade
High-gluten flour Wheat flour of the highest grade
Whole grain flour1 cupAn incomplete glass of wheat flour of the highest grade
Baking powder1 tsp.1/4 tsp soda plus 1/2 tsp vinegar or lemon juice; 1/4 tsp soda plus 1/2 tsp wine stone; 1/4 tsp soda plus 1/2 tsp sour milk, buttermilk or yogurt
Sugar (sand)1 cupA glass of brown sugar; 2 cups powdered sugar; 3/4 cup honey or 14/5 cups of confectionery sugar
Sugar burnt (caramel cooler)1 cupA glass of regular sugar plus 2 tbsp dark corn syrup
Sugar brown cane1 cupA glass of regular sugar (you can add some dark corn syrup)
Sugar lump (refineda )1 cube1 tsp sugar
Sugar powder1 cup3/4 cup sugar or a glass of sugar, plus 1 tsp cornstarch – all shredded in a coffee grinder
Chocolate unsweetened30 г3 tbsp cocoa powder plus 1 tbsp butter, confectionery fat, or margarine
Chocolate semi-sweet30 г30 g unsweetened chocolate plus 3 tbsp sugar; 3 tbsp carob plus 2 tbsp water

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