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Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have something you need to complete your recipe, there just might be something here you can substitute. Kitchen tricks and short cuts abound in this category.

Asked in Baking, Ingredient Substitutions

How much imitation vanilla to substitute for vanilla extract?

I would suggest doubling whatever the recipe calls for.
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Ice Cream, Half and Half (dairy)

Can milk be used instead of half and half for making homemade ice cream?

Maybe whole milk if you're using an ice cream maker. You need something with fat/cream in it to solidify with the other ingredients. If you are using a specialized blender (like vita-mix or blend-tec) skim milk can be used when making soft serve (if your fruits/berries are frozen). ==== You can use whole milk and whipping cream for the fat in the ice cream. ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Dog Health, Veterinary Medicine

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog's nose?

Vanilla extract contains alcohol, and alcohol is not appropriate for application to an area as sensitive as a dog's nose. The result would be intense pain and drying; it is no less than abusive to apply such a substance to a dog's nose, and no veterinarian would approve of it. Also, dogs have extremely acute senses of smell and vanilla extract has a very strong odor to it - this would be the equivalent of putting an air horn to your...
Asked in Science, Ingredient Substitutions, Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

What is an alternative to bicarbonate soda?

Depends on what reciepe you are using and what the purpose is: I often use yeast but in some recipes depending on the fluffiness of the cake I will sometimes use baking soda. A friend of mine uses "fizzy water" (carbonated water) as an alternative. Yeast is only used in bread related recipes, whereas bicarb can be used n cakes ~ Baking Soda in a recipe is to help with 'spreadability of the cookie or cake. You don't use it in pancakes so...
Asked in Baking, Cooking Measurements, Ingredient Substitutions

When making a rue how many tablespoon of flour do you add for every tablespoon of butter?

Equal amounts flour and butter. For future inquiries, it is spelled roux.
Asked in Food & Cooking, Ingredient Substitutions

How can you make a butterscotch sauce without cream?

1 egg 1/4 c. water 1/3 c. white corn syrup 1/4 c. butter 2/3 c. brown sugar Mix well and boil in double boiler until thick. Store in refrigerator. If you can't use butter due to allergies use a soy butter it tastes just as good, along with if you cannot use the egg, boil one cup of flax with two cups of water and then let stand over night after it is strained, use 2 tbs as a egg substitute. If you use a real...
Asked in Food & Cooking, Ingredient Substitutions, Citrus Fruit

Can you substitute tangerine zest for orange zest?

They are slightly different things, but both are edible, and probably have a similar (but different) flavour. ...
Asked in Baking, Ingredient Substitutions, Butter and Margarine

Can you substitute margerine for butter when making dough?

Margarine may be substituted for butter when making dough as long as it is not "lite" or "low fat" margarine. It is a great option for Vegans. ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Breads

What can you use as a substitute for dry yeast?

The only alternative to dried yeast is fresh yeast. There are other raising agents such as baking powder but they would not have the same effect as yeast. ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Eggs (food)

What if a recipe calls for two eggs but you have only one?

It is possible to use less eggs than a recipe calls for, because I have done it many times. Usually, they'll be a slight change in texture, like the cake may come out tougher or crumblier, but it will still be edible. There are also sites that will tell you other ingredients you may add to make up for a deficiency of one particular ingredient that will also salvage a cake. In certain circumstances, you could also cut your recipe in...
Asked in Baking, Ingredient Substitutions, Sugar and Sweeteners

Can you substitute granulated sugar for cane sugar?

One might be sweeter than the other, but yes, they can be switched. * granulated sugar can be cane sugar or beet sugar. Read the label. ...
Asked in Food & Cooking, Ingredient Substitutions

What can you use instead of creme de cacao?

chocolate liqueur (not as sweet) OR Cheri Suisse OR Vandermint OR coffee liqueur (not as sweet) OR chocolate syrup ...
Asked in Food & Cooking, Ingredient Substitutions

Are flour and starch the same?

Flour is considered a starch or technically has starch in it but flour is typically referring to wheat while there are many other types of starch. ie. Corn starch is much more effective thickening gravy than flour. ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Bread Crumbs

Can you substitute Italian dressing and flour for ranch and bread crumbs for the ranch chicken recipe?

You could substitute Italian dressing and flour for use in the ranch chicken recipe, but without the breadcrumbs you won't have anywhere near the same texture. It'll be good, but not the same. Italian dressing is basically oil and vinegar, or oil and lemon juice, like a vinaigrette dressing. Ranch dressing is a creamy dressing, completely unlike vinaigrette. You could marinate chicken pieces in any sort of bought or home-made Italian dressing, in a dish or plastic bag: leave for at least an hour,...
Asked in Baking, Herbs Spices and Seasonings, Ingredient Substitutions

Are vanilla essence and vanilla extract the same?

No, they aren't the same. Vanilla extract is extracted from the vanilla bean, and the FDA sets standards for the percentage of vanilla and alcohol in the extract. From what I have read, vanilla essence is much stronger, and it can either be derived from vanilla beans or from synthetic sources. Additionally, some forms of vanilla essence are not food grade, not for consumption, based on the method of creating the essence, and are intended more for perfume and scent purposes, I...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions, Cereal

Can you substitute wheat bran for bran flakes?

Wheat Bran is just one ingredient in bran flakes, and not the same thing. Substitute cornflakes instead. ...
Asked in Food & Cooking, Ingredient Substitutions

What sauce can you use in place of fish sauce?

There is not really an alternative to fish sauce that will produce the same taste. However, depending on the dish you are making, some substitutions that may work include: Thai thin soy sauce, coconut or soy aminos, vegetable broth and salt, or just salt. Please see this article for more indepth information: ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions

What is the substitute for rose water?

What I have learned, several substitutions for rose water are: orange flowers water, or rose syrup ( use just a few drops). Almond x tract, or vanilla xtract. Use less of these substitutes, and remember that rose syrup is alot stronger that rose watwer so go easy! ...
Asked in Cooking Techniques, Wine and Champagne, Ingredient Substitutions, Merlot

Can Merlot be used in place of cooking sherry?

Merlot is not a good substitution. In any light color dish, it will discolor your meal to a nasty purpley-brown. A chardonnay or other white wine would be more suitable. ...
Asked in Ingredient Substitutions

What is a substitute for agave nectar?

Maple syrup works fairly well, but is quite expensive. A runny honey may also work. ...
Asked in Herbs Spices and Seasonings, International Cuisine, Ingredient Substitutions

Is Kummel and Caraway the same spice?

Yup. Kummel is also an alcoholic drink, a liqueur/digestif flavoured with caraway. Caraway is very good as a carminative (it helps you get rid of wind/gas) hence its use in a digestif. ...
Asked in Baking, Herbs Spices and Seasonings, Ingredient Substitutions

Can you substitute orange zest for lemon zest?

Yes you will just make a Orange cake/cookie etc instead of a lemon one