Timely Substitutions for 30-Minute Meals

Part of the 30-Minute Meals For Dummies

Even the most organized cooks have found themselves searching the kitchen for an ingredient only to find they’ve run out. When you’re missing an ingredient you need for a fast meal, use the following list for a quick substitution:

1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 5/8 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 cup bread crumbs = 2 slices crumpled bread
1 cup broth = 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup boiling water 1 cup buttermilk = 1 cup milk minus 1 tablespoon replaced with 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice
3/4 cup ketchup = 1/2 cup tomato sauce mixed with 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar, and 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 cup chocolate chips = 3-ounce bar of semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 2/3 ounces chocolate, semisweet = 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 4 teaspoons sugar 1 ounce chocolate, unsweetened = 3 tablespoons cocoa plus 1 tablespoon shortening
1 cup corn syrup = 1 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water 1 tablespoon cornstarch = 2 tablespoons flour
1 whole egg = 3 tablespoons beaten egg or 1/4 cup egg substitute 1 cup flour for baking, sifted = 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
1 tablespoon flour for thickening = 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, arrowroot, or potato starch 1 cup flour, cake = 1 cup all-purpose flour minus 2 tablespoons
1 cup flour, self-rising = 1 cup minus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt 3-ounce package, prepared gelatin, flavored = 1 envelope plain gelatin plus 2 cups liquid flavoring, such as fruit juice
1/8 teaspoon ginger, powdered = 1/2 teaspoon grated, raw gingerroot 1 cup half-and-half = 7/8 cup milk plus 2 tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream = 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup butter. Note: Don’t use this mixture for whipping. It’s fine for sauces or custards. 1 tablespoon minced, fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon crushed, dried herb
1 cup honey = 1 1/4 cups sugar plus 1/4 cup liquid 1 teaspoon lemon juice = 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest = 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract 1 teaspoon dry mustard = 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 medium whole orange = 1/2 cup juice 1 cup shortening, for baking = 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sour cream = 3/4 cup sour milk plus 1/3 cup butter whipped together 1 cup shrimp, cooked = 3/4 pound raw in shell shrimp or 7-ounce package frozen
3 medium whole tomatoes = 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) tomatoes 1 cup tomato juice = 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water
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