In our Cooking Basics series, we’ve covered Getting Started, Herbs and Spices, Oils, Kitchen Safety and Frying. Today, we’re covering a topic that will extremely useful to you when putting together recipes spontaneously. This topic is Cooking Substitutions.
As you become more comfortable with cooking, you’ll realize that unless you plan out an entire week’s meals, it can be difficult to have everything at hand that you need for a recipe you want to try. Let’s say you found a recipe you really want to try on your Pinterest, but you just used your last egg, or you’re completely out of butter.
Cooking substitutions can’t always save you, but they can make life a little easier and may save you some trips to the local grocery store. Here’s a simple example: let’s say you have a recipe that calls for beer, but you don’t have any beer and it isn’t usually on your shopping list. You can substitute one cup of beer with one cup of chicken broth in this case.
Here are some more examples of some common substitutions in cooking:
Brown Sugar. You’re ready to bake but you never bought brown sugar. If you have white sugar and molasses you can mix it, decrease the liquid in the recipe and use it in place of the brown sugar.
Butter. Butter is used so often that it isn’t uncommon to run out of it when you really need it. If you have one cup of shortening on hand you can use it to replace one cup of butter.
Egg. In a pinch, three tablespoons of mayonnaise can replace one egg. For a healthier choice, use half a banana and ½ teaspoon of baking powder.
Fresh Herbs. Sometimes buying a whole new batch of fresh herbs can be frustrating. It adds cost and you may not need to buy a whole bundle of one herb for one recipe. In this case, use one teaspoon of a dried herb to replace one tablespoon of its fresh counterpart.
Mayonnaise. If you’re out of mayonnaise, don’t fear. One cup of plain yogurt can be used in place of one cup of mayonnaise.
Stock. Replace one cup of fresh chicken or beef stock with one cup of water mixed with one bouillon cube.
Not only will substitutions empower you to finish the recipe you’ve been wanting to try without going to the store, but substitutions will also prevent you from spending money on a bottle of package of an ingredient you are only going to use for one recipe.
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