Emergency Substitutes!

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I decided to make this page because I have a HUGE problem with starting to cook without checking to make sure I have all of the ingredients. I usually can find a way to get around the problem. I got so bad that I copied some of the more common substitutions and put it on my fridge. I knocked my little brothers math test off on “accident” ( ; shhh don’t tell him, he still hasn’t noticed. These are some of the most common substitutes. The original is on the left and the substitute on the right.

1 cup whole milk; 1/2 cup evaporated milk+1/2 cup water( you can use pure evaporated milk but your food will be a bit sweeter)

1 cup cake flour; 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 tablespoon cornstarch(for thickening); 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate; 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel; 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

1 cup buttermilk; 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough whole milk to make 1 cup, let sit for five minute before using

1 cup canned tomatoes; 1 1/3 cups fresh cut up tomatoes, simmered 10 minutes


  1. I never think of back ups or substitutes…..I always think if I don’t have it then I can’t make it. Thanks for the great ideas.

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