7 Handy Cooking And Baking Substitutions To Try

7 Handy Cooking And Baking Substitutions To Try

Missing an ingredient? Have food allergies? Put your worries to rest. We've got ingredient substitutions that will change your cooking and baking world.

Egg
Whether you ran out of eggs or enjoy a vegan diet, there's an alternative ingredient you can use. Try silken tofu pureed, mayonnaise or bananas. You may not get the same taste, but these ingredients will function just as well. Give your cookies a makeover by using these substitutes.

1 Egg = 1/4 C. Silken tofu pureed, 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise, or 1/2 banana mashed with 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Yogurt
For a more cheesy flavor, opt for cottage cheese or sour cream instead of yogurt. But if you want a creamy, buttery taste, buttermilk is your better option. Yogurt bread seems like a good place to start for your yogurt-substituting ways.

1 C. Yogurt = 1 C. Buttermilk, cottage cheese, or sour cream

Salt
Give your salt a rest and try using lemon juice instead. It'll give your dish a pleasing citrus taste and won't make you bloat like salt does. Lemon juice would go well with a chicken dish or any other that needs some zest to it.

1 Tbsp. Salt = 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice (replace with half as much lemon juice)

Butter
Out of butter? No sweat. Try shortening instead. For a healthier alternative, use vegetable oil. Test it out on your desserts, main courses or appetizers and see whether your friends and family will notice the difference.

1 C. Butter = 7/8 Vegetable oil or 1 C. shortening

Beer
What do you do if you need some beer for your brats and you got none? Buy some more? You could, but you could also use water, white grape juice, apple cider, apple juice or chicken broth instead. Just make sure to substitute equal amounts of liquid. 

1 C. Beer = 1 C. Water, white grape juice, apple cider, apple juice or chicken broth

Vanilla
Vanilla always comes in those tiny bottles, so it's easy to run low on this useful baking ingredient. The next time you run out, replace it with these household ingredients: maple syrup or liqueur. Use maple syrup in your cookies or add some liqueur. Just remember to keep them away from children.

1 tsp. Vanilla = 1 tsp. Maple syrup or liqueur (replace with equal amounts)

Honey
I'm excited about this one. When I use honey, it's usually for tea. And since this is the only use for it, I usually don't go out of my way to buy a bottle of it -- though the bear-shaped containers are simply adorable. The next time my tea needs some honey, I'm going to try a combination of white sugar and water instead.

1 C. Honey = 1 1/4 C. White sugar and 1/3 C. water

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