"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway

Ingredient Substitutions Recipe

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This recipe for Ingredient Substitutions, by , is from The McCormick Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Corinne Paulson
Added: Monday, March 10, 2008


Here are some quick substitutions to save you a trip to the store!

garlic- 1 small clove = 1/8 tsp garlic powder
baking powder- 1 tsp = 1/4 tsp baking soda plus 5/8 tsp cream of tartar
ginger (fresh)- 1 tbsp finely chopped = 1/8 tsp powdered ginger
yogurt- 1 C = 1 C buttermilk OR 1 C milk plus 1 tbsp lemon juice
self-rising flour- 1 C = 1 C all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp salt
half-&-half- 1 C = 1 1/2 tbsp butter plus enough whole milk to equal 1 C
cream (heavy)- 1 C = 1 C evaporated milk OR 3/4 C milk plus 1/3 C butter
cream (light)- 1 C = 1 C evaporated milk OR 3/4 C milk plus 3 tbsp butter
evaporated milk- 1 C = 1 C light cream
ketchup- 1 C = 1 C tomato sauce plus 1 tsp vinegar plus 1 tbsp sugar
confectioners sugar- 1 C = 1/2 C plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
light brown sugar- 1 C = 1/2 C dark brown sugar plus 1/2 C granulated sugar
mustard- 1 tbsp = 1 tsp powdered mustard
corn syrup- 1 C = 1 1/4 C granulated or packed brown sugar plus 1/4 C liquid (use whatever liquid the recipe calls for)
honey- 1 C = 1 1/4 C granulated sugar plus 1/4 C liquid (whatever liquid the recipe calls for)
cornstarch- 1 tbsp = 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
vinegar- 1 tsp = 2 tsp lemon juice
butter (unsalted)- 1 C = 1 C shortening OR 7/8 C vegetable oil OR 7/8 C lard
butter (salted)- same as unsalted plus 1/2 tsp salt
lemon or lime juice- 1 tsp = 1/2 tsp vinegar
lemon zest- 1 tsp = 1/2 tsp lemon extract OR 2 tbsp lemon juice
buttermilk- 1 C = 1 C plain yogurt OR 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 C (let stand 5 min.)
tomato juice- 1 C = 1/2 C tomato sauce plus 1/2 C water
tomato sauce- 1 C = 3/8 C tomato paste plus 1/2 C water
chocolate (semisweet)- 1 oz = 1 (1-oz) square of unsweetened chocolate plus 4 tsp sugar
chocolate (unsweetened)- 1 oz = 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tbsp shortening or vegetable oil
herbs (fresh)- 1 tbsp chopped fresh = 1 tsp dried herbs




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