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How to Make Ingredient Substitutions

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Have you ever started on a recipe but discovered that you’re missing an ingredient? In my latest video, I share some clever ideas for how to make ingredient substitutions when you don’t have what you need for a recipe.

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That Elusive Missing Ingredient

Have you ever started to make a recipe and then suddenly realize you don’t have everything you need?

If you’re like me, you may have jumped in and started cooking or baking right away but didn’t read the recipe all the way through. And then you see it! The one line in the recipe that calls for something you don’t have in your pantry or you’re simply out of. Now what? Don’t worry! I have a few ideas that might help.

Substituting Ingredients to the Rescue

Quite a few years ago, my mom gave me an ingenious little paperback book called, quite simply, Substituting Ingredients. The book delivers what it promises!

This popular paperback contains very little prose but lists lots of ingredients that can be substituted for one and another. The book is very thorough!

The authors start at “A” (Allspice) and work all their way through “Z” (Zucchini). They don’t miss an ingredient. The authors have published numerous editions of their popular book to build upon their first edition in 1986.

If you don’t already have the book, you’ll find it to be indispensable to your kitchen library.

Ideas for Substitutions

In my latest kitchen life video, I talk about some of the book’s creative substitutions and how to adjust the other ingredients in your recipe so that the substitution you are using won’t throw off your entire recipe.

For example, if you decide that you don’t want to use white sugar in a cake recipe, but instead, would rather substitute honey, you may not realize that the recipe needs to change. It’s not a one-for-one substitution. The authors explain how you have to adjust how much honey you use in the recipe to account for its liquid nature.

More Videos All About Kitchen Life

Now that you have some ideas of the ingredients that make great substitutions for items you’re missing, be sure to watch my other videos that revolve around what I like to call “Kitchen Life”:

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  • My top 10 favorite forever foods that should be in every survival pantry
  • How to make yeast from water
  • Four ways to make a buttermilk substitute

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