Substitution Recipes

Have you ever wanted to make your favorite recipe and found you don’t have all the ingredients you need in the cupboard or refrigerator?

I’ve put together some substitution recipes for some common ingredients below.

Whipped Cream Substitute
1 Apple – grated
1 Egg white
2 To 3 Tbl. sugar
Instructions for Whipped Cream Substitute
Beat all together until light. This makes an excellent substitute for whipped cream. Courtesy of: Joann Pierce

Salt Substitute
5 ts Onion Powder
1 1/4 ts Thyme Crushed
2 1/2 ts Garlic Powder
1/2 ts White Pepper
2 1/2 ts Paprika
1/4 ts Celery Seed
2 1/2 ts Dry Mustard
Instructions for Salt Substitute
Combine Ingredients, Mix Thoroughly. Store in Shaker.

Oil Substitute
Arrowroot Powder
Instructions for Oil Substitute
The best substitute for the oil seems to be a tablespoon of arrowroot mixed in a couple cups of water and boiled until it thickens to oil-like consistency.
(I got the “arrowroot for oil” substitution from Graham Kerr.) Bob Riemenschneider Fatfree Digest, Vol. 8, Issue 40, June 1, 1994. Formatted by Sue Smith, S.Smith34, using MMCONV. File

Parmesan Cheese Non-Dairy Substitute
1/2 c Food yeast flakes
2 ts Garlic powder
1 ts Onion powder
1 tbs yeast
1/2 c Ground sesame seeds
3 ts Lemon juice
1 tbs Chicken-like seasoning
Instructions for Parmesan Cheese Non-Dairy Substitute
Blend all ingredients. Store in air tight container. ( Grind sesame seeds in blender. )
REC.FOOD.RECIPES ARCHIVES /EGGS From archives. Downloaded from Glens MM Recipe Archive, From: (Arlen Fletcher) Date: Thu, 24 Feb 1994 17:29:50 GMT

Eagle Brand Milk Substitute
1 c Powdered Milk; PLUS:
2 tb Powdered Milk
1/2 c -Boiling water
3/4 c Sugar
Instructions for Eagle Brand Milk Substitute
Beat for 5 minutes and chill until ready to use in any recipe that calls for condensed milk. You can not tell the difference and it cost just pennies compared to the store, and made with low fat milk it has less fat content. From Geminis MASSIVE MealMaster collection at

Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute
1 1/2 Cups Milk powder
2/3 c Sugar
1/2 c Whole or 2 percent milk
1 ts Vanilla extract
Instructions for Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute
– To make fourteen ounces of sweetened condensed milk substitute, whisk one and one half cups of milk powder into a half cup of whole or 2 percent milk in a saucepan until it is very smooth, about one minutes. Then whisk in two-thirds cup of sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and cook over low heat, continuing to whisk constantly until the sugar and milk powder dissolve, about five minutes. Cool before using, then whisk again to be sure that no graininess remains. (This can be covered and refrigerated for up to one week). Use as you would sweetened condensed milk in any recipe.
Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #289 Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 14:29:54 -0400 From: Martha Sheppard

Buttermilk Substitute
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or white vinegar)
1 cup milk
Pour lemon juice or vinegar into a 1 or 2 cup measuring cup (preferably glass). Add enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let mixture stand for five minutes.
Use as Buttermilk in any recipe.

Egg Substitute
1 tb (heaping) soy flour
1 tb Water
Instructions for Egg Substitute
I have been using this egg substitute in baking for years — in fact, my non-vegetarian friends cant tell the difference between egg & egg-free. This equals 1 egg. Posted to fatfree digest V96 #289 Date: Sun, 20 Oct 1996 04:02:09 EDT From: (Judy M Gibson)
p.s. I’ve personally not tried this one yet, but it sounded like it would work.

Low-Fat Substitute for Heavy Cream
1/4 c 1% milk
1/4 c Evaporated skim milk
Instructions for Low-Fat Substitute for Heavy Cream
Recipe By : Glamour – June 1994 From: Date: 05/27 File

Mascarpone Cheese Substitute
16 oz Cream cheese (2-8 oz.packages)
1/3 c Sour cream
2 oz (1/4 cup) whipping cream
Instructions for Mascarpone Cheese Substitute
Blend three ingredients well.Use as you would Mascarpone Cheese in any recipe.

Cream Soup Substitute
1 tablespoon margarine
1/2 cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoon flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
Instructions for Cream Soup Substitute
Make a basic cream sauce by melting margarine over moderate heat. Stir in flour; keep stirring until flour and margarine are combined and smooth. Remove from heat and add the chicken broth and milk, a little at a time, stirring to keep lump-free. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

Taste and adjust seasonings. Can be varied by using vegetable broth, sauteed diced celery, celery seed, or sauteed diced mushrooms.

Bisquick Substitute
10 c Flour
1 1/2 tb Salt
3/8 c Baking powder
1/4 c Sugar
1 ts Cream of tartar
1 lb Crisco; (shortening)
1 1/4 c Powdered milk
Instructions for Bisquick Substitute
Mix all together and there you have it. (1 c mix to 1/4 c water makes about 4 biscuits…….450 F. for 10 minutes or so.)
Posted to TNT Recipes Digest, Vol 01, Nr 947 by “PJ Holtzman” on Jan 17, 1998

if you have kids that love to create with playdough, but don’t have any in site…..
here’s a recipe just for that….

Substitute Play Dough
1 c Flour Food coloring
1/2 c Salt
1/4 c Water
1/4 c Oil
Instructions for Substitute Play Dough
Heat and stir until it forms a ball. It will still feel slightly sticky. Cool and knead. Store in covered container. . Posted on GEnie by B.WESTFIELD [Chops], Jan 23, 1993 MM by Sylvia Steiger, GEnie THE.STEIGERS, CI$ 71511,2253, GT Cookbook echo moderator, net/node 004/005 Posted to MM-Recipes Digest V3 #294 Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 21:00:14 -0700 From: Tonya

Thanks for reading!

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