Simple Ingredient Substitutions

by | Apr 1, 2020

The recent news that social distancing and quarantine guidelines have been extended till the end of April have Americans leaving their house less and less, meaning less quick trips to the grocery store and more stocking up. Cooking or baking and forgot an ingredient? No worries! Check out this quick list of substitutions that can save you from the temptation of going back out. Stay inside and use what you’ve got! If specific measurements are not indicated, use a 1:1 ratio.

Barbecue Sauce: 1 cup = ¾ cup ketchup + 2 tablespoons mustard + 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Soy Sauce: 1/2 cup =  4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce + 1 tablespoon water

Vinegar: Lemon juice

Breadcrumbs: Crushed crackers, chips or pretzels

Garlic: 1 small clove = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Fresh Herbs: 1 tablespoon= 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs

Sour Cream: Plain Yogurt

Mayonnaise: Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt

Corn Syrup: Honey

Oil: Applesauce

Chicken or Beef Broth: Bouillon Cube + Boiling Water

Egg : 1 egg =  1/2 cup mashed banana + 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Brown Sugar: 1 cup = 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons molasses

Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon vanilla = 1 teaspoon bourbon or rum

Cocoa: 1/4 cup cocoa = 1 oz square unsweetened chocolate

Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon = three teaspoons baking powder ( + omit salt in recipe)

Baking Powder: 1 tablespoon = 1 part baking soda and 2 parts cream of tartar

Butter: 1 cup = 1 cup mashed avocado

Buttermilk: 1 cup = 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar

Milk: 1 cup = 1 cup of water and 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter 

Half and Half: 1 cup = 1 tablespoon of melted butter and 1 cup of whole milk

Need an ingredient not on this list? Check out for different ingredient substitution ideas!

Trying to use up specific items in your fridge or pantry? Need ideas on what to make with what you have left? Check out Fridge to Table for recipe ideas.

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