Thrifty Substitutions - Cooking

Are you a fan of all those awesome cooking shows? I am. I just sit there and drool. Sometimes I actually decide to make some of the recipes I see. The problem with most of the cooking shows is that these people have every ingredient at their fingertip. Not to mention, a lot of the recipes call for things I would never buy in the first place and things I don't have and really can't afford.

That is one of the reason I really enjoy having my own herb garden. I don't have to go out and buy very many herbs. But, the other ingredients? I may not have for one reason or another.

I have adopted the "I don't have that item so I am going to substitute this item for it" mentality. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.

But, here are a few substitutes you can use when in a pinch:

* Love pesto? Can't afford the pinenuts or just don't have them? Try substituting sunflower seeds.

* Need Buttermilk? Add 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or white vinegar to 1 cup of milk. Stir and let stand for about 5 minutes.

* Allspice needed? Use 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves

* No fresh lemons to make zest? Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon extract (equals 1 teaspoon of zest)

* No powdered sugar? Mix 1 cup of regular sugar with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Mix in food processor.

* Need red wine? Use same amounts of grape or cranberry juice

* Need white wine? use same amount of either apple or white grape juice.

* Recipe calls for Arrowroot starch? For the equivalent of 1 teaspoon use 1 tablespoon of regular floor and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.

* Got beer? No, then substitute apple cider for same measurements.

* Chervil? this is an herb I don't grow. you can use same measurement of parsley in it's place

* Need a teaspoon of cream tarter? You can use 2 teaspoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

There are a lot more . So, if you want to try out a new recipe and are low on cash but have most of the ingredients, go ahead and try it with substitutes.

Here is a really nice site to help with substituting ingredients: Whats cooking America

Check out more thrifty and/or fun ideas at these 2 blogs:

The Diaper Diaries

Amanda's cookin'

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1 comment :

  1. I am so excited about the pine nut substitution for pesto. My husband is allergic to nuts, but I love pesto. I am going to try that out. Great list, I am bookmarking it :)


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