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Cooking Substitutions

Last Update: 3.21.2009

If you're out of the ingredient on the left, you can substitute the ingredient on the right.

Ingredient Substitute
Active dry yeast, 1 package 2 1/4 teaspoon dry or 1/3 cake compressed yeast, crumbled
Baking powder, 1 teaspoon 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
Buttermilk, 1 cup 1 tablespoon (vinegar or lemon juice) plus enough milk to make 1 cup
Cake flour, 1 cup 1 cup all propose flour minus 2 tablespoons
Cornstarch, 1 tablespoon 2 tablespoons flour
Dairy sour cream, 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt
Flour (for thickening) 1 tablespoon 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
Half & Half, 1 cup 7/8 cup (3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) milk plus 3 tablespoons margarine or butter
Honey, 1 cup 1 1/4 cups sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid
Lemon, 1 meduim (fresh juice) 2 to 3 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
Orange, 1 meduim (fresh juice) 1/4 to 1/3 cup orange juice
Yogurt (plain) 1 cup 1 cup dairy sour cream
Self rising flour, 1 cup 1 cup all purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
Semi-sweet chocolate, 1 ounce 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 1 tablespoon sugar or 3tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips
Unsweetened chocolate, 1 ounce 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening or margarine

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