February 9, 2010

Kitchen Tip Tuesday -- Kitchen Substitutions

When The Hubster and I got married over 15 years ago his grandmother  gave me a cookbook.  I didn't think I'd find it of much use.  I giggled when I look at it now because Hubster and I made a decision that since I couldn't cook that he was going to cook.  Well after a week of eating stir fry every evening I got my trusty Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book out and read up! Thus began my adventure in the kitchen!

Today I'm sharing with you some substitutions that I've found helpful!  Most of them are found in the back of that cookbook.  I go to it often!  

1 T. cornstarch = 2 T. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder = 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar plus 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 cup sugar = 1 cup packed brown sugar or 2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs = 1/4 cup butter cracker crumbs or 1/4 cup cornflake crumbs

1 cup honey = 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid

1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate = 3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder plush 1 T. shortening or cooking oil

1 cup buttermilk = 1 T. lemon or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup (let it stand 5 minutes before using) (OR) 1 cup milk plus 1 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar

1 cup whole milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water

1 cup light cream = 1 T. melted butter plus enough milk to make 1 cup

2 cups tomato sauce = 3/4 cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water

1 cup tomato juice = 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water

1 medium onion = 1 T. onion powder

1 clove garlic = 1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp dry mustard = 1 T. prepared mustard (like yellow mustard you'd serve with burgers)

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