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Missing An Ingredient? This List Will Solve All Your Problems

Don't let your recipes get derailed by a missing ingredient–just use one of these easy substitutions!

There is nothing more frustrating than having your heart set on baking or cooking something delicious, only to discover you are out of one (or more) of the ingredients! Or there’s the even worse scenario, where you return from the grocery store without the main thing you went there for in the first place! (I might have done that a time or two… or dozens of times, but who’s counting?) But fret no more, fellow forgetters! I’ve compiled a list of ingredient substitutions that can save the day in an ingredient emergency!

While researching this list, I came across several similar lists that I felt were unnecessarily comprehensive. (What IS rennet anyway?) I also came across lists that I felt lacked certain common items. So I ended up consulting several lists, then adding and subtracting items until I came up with a list that works for me! And I hope it works for you too. 🙂 Read on to see the complete list, or download your own printable PDF copy using the button below. (I recommend hanging it up somewhere in your kitchen for easy reference!)

Common Ingredient Substitutions

Some ingredients have several options for substitutions, which are listed on a separate line. A plus sign (+) indicates that the ingredients listed should be used together.

Apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup)
Substitute… 1/4 cup white vinegar

Balsamic vinegar (1 Tbsp)
Substitute… 1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Beer (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup non-alcoholic beer
1 cup beef broth
1 cup apple cider vinegar

Baking powder (1 tsp)
Substitute… 1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp baking soda + 1/2 cup buttermilk (in this case, decrease liquid in recipe by 1/2 cup)

Barbecue sauce (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup ketchup + 1/2 to 1 tsp liquid smoke

Bread crumbs (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup cracker crumbs
1 cup matzo meal
1 cup ground oats

Brown sugar (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 Tbsp molasses

Butter, salted (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup margarine
1 cup shortening + 1/2 tsp salt
7/8 cup vegetable oil + 1/2 tsp salt

Buttermilk (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup yogurt
1 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar + enough milk to make 1 cup

Corn syrup (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup honey
1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup liquid (whatever is called for in the recipe)

Cream cheese (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese, beaten until smooth

Cream, half and half (1 cup)
Substitute… 7/8 cup whole milk + 2 Tbsp melted butter

Cream, heavy (not for whipping) (1 cup)
Substitute… 2/3 cup whole milk + 1/3 cup melted butter

Cream of tartar (1 tsp)
Substitute… 2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp vinegar

Herbs, dried (1 tsp)
Substitute… 1 Tbsp fresh herbs, finely chopped

Herbs, fresh (1 Tbsp)
Substitute… 1 tsp dried herbs

Honey (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 1/4 cups sugar + 1/4 cup liquid (whatever is called for in the recipe)

Hot pepper sauce (1 tsp)
Substitute… 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper + 1 tsp vinegar

Lemon juice (1 Tbsp)
Substitute… 1 Tbsp white vinegar

Mayonnaise (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup sour cream
1 cup yogurt

Mustard (1 Tbsp)
Substitute… 1 Tbsp dried mustard + 1 tsp water + 1 tsp vinegar + 1 tsp sugar

Oil (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup melted butter
1 cup margarine
1 cup shortening

Shortening (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup butter
1 cup margarine

White vinegar (1/4 cup)
Substitute… 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice

Wine, red (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup non-alcoholic wine
1 cup apple cider
1 cup beef broth
1 cup tomato juice
1 cup water

Wine, white (1 cup)
Substitute… 1 cup non-alcoholic wine
1 cup white grape juice
1 cup apple juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup water

I hope you find my substitutions list as useful as I have! I’ll leave you with the button to download a free printable PDF copy of the list, in case you missed it earlier in the post! 🙂


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