There are often occasions in the kitchen
when a particular ingredient is not available, and for most of us, this
usually happens right in the middle of cooking a particular dish -
unless of course you are one of those people who prepare everything
before embarking on the cooking!!!
This need not be a catastrophe as there
is often something else that can be used as a substitute, such as -
Use a small amount of Turmeric
biscuits, crushed crisps or
Cornflour/Cornstarch (1tbsp. as a thickener)
Use 2 level tbsp.
Use 8fl. oz./225ml
milk plus 2fl. oz/60ml melted
8 oz./225g sugar
plus 4 tbsp.
water or golden syrup.
White sugar and a
teaspoon/5ml of treacle or molasses per 100g.
1/2 tsp. vinegar
1/2 pint/285 ml.
skimmed milk plus 3 tsp. melted
1/4 pint evaporated milk
and 1/4 pint water.
sauce (4 fl. oz/115 ml)
7 tbsp. mayonnaise
plus 2 tbsp. chopped
sweet mixed pickles.
Condensed tomato soup
or a packet of tomato soup made up with half quantity of water.
Seafood/Thousand Island sauce
Use 2:1 mix of salad
cream and tomato ketchup. You can alter the quantities of each to
Condensed tinned soup
or packet soup made up with half the usual quantity of water.
sour milk or cream
Just add a tablespoon of
lemon juice or white vinegar
to each half pint of fresh milk or cream and stand at
room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Or use natural
Run out of
baking chocolate and you really must have that gooey dessert!
For every ounce (oz) of
unsweetened baking chocolate required, mix a quarter of a tablespoon
of butter with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.
requires self raising flour and you only have plain.
Plain flour can
be used with the addition of
baking powder. The amount to add varies depending
upon what is being cooked, however, a usual amount would be 1 level
teaspoon of baking powder to 4oz. flour.
This can be substituted
with two parts
Cream of Tartar to one part Bicarbonate of Soda/Baking
Two teaspoons of
dried yeast can be used for 1/2 oz. of fresh yeast. Follow
instructions on the dried yeast packed.
of an egg.
If you need an extra egg
for a cake recipe that uses a raising agent such as baking powder or
self raising flour, replace the missing egg with 15ml (1 tablespoon)
of vinegar. This will not affect the result.
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