Tuesday, April 17, 2012

"Emergency Substitutions"

"Emergency Substitutions"
When you're out of an ingredient you need for a recipe, you might have other ingredients on hand that you can use as a substitute.

Out of This? Try using this instead.
allspice - 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
baking mix, such as Bisquick® - 1 cup 1 cup flour + 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt + 3 tablespoons solid shortening (such as Crisco®)
baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda + 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.
bread crumbs - 1 cup 3/4 cup cracker crumbs.
bread crumbs, seasoned - 1 cup 1 cup plain bread crumbs + 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese + 2 teaspoons all purpose seasoning + 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.
chicken or beef broth 1 cup hot water + 1 teaspoon instant bouillon granules or 1 bouillon cube.
brown sugar - 1 cup 3/4 cup granulated sugar + 1/4 cup molasses
butter an equal amount of regular margarine. Do not use lowfat spread or light margarine for baking.
buttermilk - 1 cup 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice + enough milk to equal 1 cup
chocolate, semi-sweet
1 square (1 oz.) 3 tablespoons chocolate morsels; or 1 square (1 oz.) unsweetened chocolate + 1 tablespoon sugar.
chocolate, unsweetened
1 square (1 oz.) 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa + 1 tablespoon shortening or vegetable oil.
cocktail sauce - 1 cup 1 cup ketchup + 2 tablespoons horseradish
(or to taste)
Confectioners' sugar 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon cornstarch; Process in a blender until powdery.
cornstarch - 1 tablespoon 2 tablespoons flour
corn syrup Dissolve 3/4 cup sugar in 1/4 cup hot water. Cool to room temperature before using.
cream - 1 cup 3/4 cup milk + 1/4 cup melted butter or 1 use cup evaporated milk
1 egg 1/4 cup egg substitute
flour, self-rising - 1 cup 1 cup all-purpose flour + 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt.
garlic, 1 clove minced 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dry minced garlic; or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.
honey - 1 cup 1-1/4 cups sugar + 1/3 cup water
Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon oregano + 1 teaspoon basil + 1 teaspoon sage.
ketchup ( to use in a recipe) - 1 cup 1 cup tomato sauce + 1/4 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons vinegar
lemon juice - 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
milk, whole - 1 cup 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water
molasses - 1 cup 1 cup honey

mustard, dry - 1 teaspoon 1 tablespoon prepared mustard.
oil - 1 cup 1 cup melted solid shortening or 1 cup melted margarine
onion - 1 cup chopped 1/4 cup dry minced onion or 1 teaspoon onion powder

pumpkin pie spice - 1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon ginger + 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg +1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.
ricotta cheese - 1 cup 1 cup cottage cheese + 1 tablespoon skim milk
self-rising flour - 1 cup 2 tsp. baking powder + 1/4 tsp. salt + enough all purpose flour to equal 1 cup
shortening - 1 cup 1 cup butter or margarine.
sour cream - 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt; or 1 tablespoon lemon juice + enough evaporated milk to equal 1 cup.
tapioca, as a thickener - 1 tablespoon 3 tablespoons flour
tartar sauce - 1/2 cup 6 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing + 2 tablespoons pickle relish
tomato puree - 1 cup 2 tablespoons tomato paste + enough tomato sauce to equal 1 cup
tomato sauce - 1 cup 1 can(3 oz) tomato paste + 1/2 cup water
tomatoes, canned - 1 cup Simmer 1-1/3 cups fresh tomatoes wedges for 10 minutes
vinegar - 1 teaspoon 2 teaspoons lemon juice.
whipped cream Prepare whipped topping mix or use frozen whipped topping such as Cool Whip®
wine 1/2 cup grape juice
yogurt, plain (in a recipe) Use an equal amount of sour cream

25 Uses for coffee filters!

Better than paper towels and a lot less expensive....................

Coffee filters -- Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Store for almost nothing.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters
make excellent covers.
2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome... Coffee filters are lint-free so
they'll leave windows sparkling.
3. Protect china by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter
between each plate, bowl, and cup.
4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a
wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.
5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to
absorb moisture and prevent rust.
6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.
7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined
with a coffee filter.
8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on
a kitchen scale.
9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.
10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with
a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage
11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in
a coffee filter.
12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of
coffee filters.
13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken
fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.
14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."
15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for
embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.
16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a
closet to absorb or prevent odors.
17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in
soups and stews.
18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your
19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter
20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece
of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.
21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.
22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.
23. Use them to sprout seeds. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place
seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they
24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the
flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone
25. Use as a disposable "snack bowl" for popcorn, chips, etc.