Food Substitutions Chart

Here is a handy food substitutions chart for when you run out of things you need for a specific recipe. It happens to me the most when I'm baking, but as you'll see, there are many substitutions that will work for all your recipes.

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 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour

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 1 cup unsifted all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoon
 1 cup all-purpose flour

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 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon cake flour
 1 cup cake & pastry flour

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 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
 1 cup self-rising flour

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 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon baking powder

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 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
 1 tablespoon cornstarch (for thickening)

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  2 tablespoons all-purpose flour OR 2 teaspoons quick cooking tapioca
 1 tablespoon tapioca

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 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
 1 package active dry yeast

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 2 1/4 teaspoons dry or 1 package compressed yeast
 1 cup dry bread crumbs

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 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
 1 cup packed brown sugar

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 1 cup granulated sugar or 2 cups powdered sugar, plus 1 tablespoon molasses
 1 cup honey

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 1 1/4 cups sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid OR 1 cup corn syrup
 1 cup milk

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 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water
 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk

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 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus sweet milk to equal 1 cup
 1 cup heavy cream

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 3/4 cup skim milk plus 1/3 cup butter
 1 cup sour cream

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 7/8 cup sour milk plus 3 tablespoons butter OR 1 cup plain yogurt OR 1 cup cottage cheese, well blended
 1 cup butter

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 1 cup shortening
 1/2 cup oil

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 1/2 cup melted butter OR 1/2 cup shortening, melted

 1 cup yogurt

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 1 cup buttermilk OR sour milk
 1 cup whipping cream, whipped

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 2 cups whipped dessert topping
 2 large eggs

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 3 small eggs
 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate

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 3 tablespoons baking cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening, butter or margarine
 1 ounce semisweet chocolate

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 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 1 tablespoon sugar
 1 cup ketchup

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 1 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons vinegar
 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

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 1 teaspoon dry mustard
 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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 1 teaspoon vinegar
 Juice of 1 lemon

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 3-4 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
 1 cup wine

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 1 cup apple juice, apple cider, chicken OR beef broth
 1 clove of garlic

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 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder OR 1/8 teaspoon instant minced garlic OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
 1 medium onion

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 1 tablespoon dried minced onion or 1 teaspoon onion powder
 1 tablespoon fresh herbs

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 1 teaspoon dried herbs or 1/4 teaspoon powdered herbs.
 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

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 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
 1 cup canned tomatoes

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 About 1 1/3 cups chopped tomato, simmered for 10 minutes
 1 cup tomato juice

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

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 1/2 cup tomato paste plus 1/2 cup water
 1 pound fresh mushrooms

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 6 ounces canned mushrooms
 1 cup meat stock (beef, chicken)

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 1 cup consomme OR 1 cup canned broth OR 1 bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup hot water

Now that you have your food substitutions chart, it's time to try out some of the recipes!