Back in the day you might be busy cooking or baking one evening or Sunday afternoon only to discover, “Oh no, we are out of _____”. There was no running to the 24 hour Walmart, Seven Eleven store, or a Quick Mart at the corner gas station. See, in our not so distant past, workers were home with their families at night and on Sundays. Never fear, you had a few ways to remedy the situation outside of delaying or scraping the project.
One, run over to a neighbors and borrow “a cup of sugar”. It works as they borrowed a stick of butter from you two weeks ago. And, you actually know your neighbors by name.
Should your neighbor be out, the weather is bad or perhaps it is not a polite time of day to visit, a substitution may be available for the missing ingredient. Gathered below is a list of a few of the more popular substitutions.
Please send me other substitutions to add to our growing list. Avoiding the modern version of “running out to the store” is a good thing. Who wants to repeat a store visit you just made?! There is so much involved.
- Pack up the kids in the car
- Drive thru traffic
- Find a parking space
- Get a cart that is not stuck to others
- Find your item
- Buy items not on your list
- Stand in line for 10 – 15 minutes to check out
- Find where you parked the car
- Drive home
- Unpack car
Yikes! I need a nap after all that…..
|Baking Powder||1 tsp||1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp cream of tartar|
|Buttermilk||1 C||1 C milk and one of the following
1 T lemon juice
1 T vinegar
1 C yogurt, plain (use enough milk to make 1 cup
|Cake Flour||1 C||One cup sifted all-purpose flour after removing 2 T|
|Chocolate – unsweetened||1 oz.||1 T butter and 3 T unsweetened cocoa|
|Cornstarch||1 T||2 t all-purpose flour|
|Corn Syrup||2 C||1 C granulated sugar|
|Cream, light||1 C||1 C milk and 1 1/2 T to not equal more than 1 C|
|Cream, whipping||1 C||1 C milk and 1/3 C butter to not equal more than 1 C|
|Herbs, fresh||1 T||1 tsp dried herbs|
|Honey||1 C||1 1/4 C granulated sugar|
|Lemon juice||1 T||1 T distilled white vinegar|
|Milk, skim||1 C||1/3 C nonfat dry milk and 3/4 C water|
|Milk, whole||1 C||1/2 C evaporated milk and 1/2 C water|
|Molasses||1 C||3/4 C granulated sugar|
|Mushrooms, fresh||1 Lb.||12 oz. canned mushrooms|
|Mustard, dry||1 tsp||1 T prepared mustard|
|Sour cream||1 C||3 T softened butter and yogurt to equal not more than 1 C|
|Sugar, brown||1 C||1 C granulated sugar|
|Sugar, granulated||1 C||1 3/4 cups confectioners sugar – except in baking|
|Tomato juice||3 C||1 1/2 C tomato sauce plus 1 1/2 cups water|
|Tomato sauce||1 C||3 oz. tomato past plus 1/2 C water|
|Yogurt||1 C||1 C buttermilk|