Pantry Substitutions

Ever been frustrated because you don’t have all the ingredients for a recipe? Perhaps it’s the day before you’re going to the store and you’re out of the one ingredient you need for the recipe  you were planning to make. Or maybe you just went to the store and forgot to pick up something you needed when you were there.

Last week, retrieving mayonnaise from the back of the refrigerator, I dropped the jar with just a dab left in it. Of course I broke it and had to throw the contents away. What do I do when I’m in the process of cooking and I need mayonnaise?

There are substitutions which you may have on hand for mayonnaise and other common ingredients. You just have to try them to see what works for you. Some you may not even be aware that you substituted an ingredient, others the change is miniscule. Sometimes the “fix” ends up a taste treat!

Katy is helping to organize the pantry.

Out of desperation, I’ve tried some that tasted HORRIBLE. Then there are some that not only worked well, but tasted surprisingly good.

Substitutions For:

Arrowroot Starch
Is interchangeable with equal amounts of flour or cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Bread Crumbs (1 cup)
Of course, you can process 2 or 3 slices of bread in a blender
Or 1 cup dry oats processed in a blender

Butter (1 cup)
In baking: 1 cup of coconut oil or 7/8 cup vegetable oil

Flax seeds
Out of eggs, no worries. Keep organic flax seeds in your freezer for longer storage.

To replace one egg (GROUND flax seeds)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
3 tablespoons water (or other liquid)Stir together until thick and gelatinous.

Or you can also use WHOLE flax seeds
1 tablespoon whole flax seeds
4 tablespoons water (or other liquid)
Process seeds in a blender to a fine meal, add liquid and blend well

Mayonnaise (1 cup)
Use ANY of the following:
1/2 cup yogurt
1 cup salad dressing
1 cup sour cream
1 cup yogurt
1 cup cottage cheese pureed in a blender

Milk (1 cup)
Soy or rice milk or water or ¼ cup dry milk power plus 1 cup water or evaporated milk has 60 percent of the water removed (for one cup use 40% evaporated milk and 60% water)

Milk Substitute For Smoothies
Coconut WATER (NOT milk!), I tried coconut milk one time and just about gagged. I could hardly drink it. If all you have is coconut milk, I would dilute it at least one to one with water. Coconut water is a great substitute for milk in smoothies. Add the other ingredients, blend and you have a tasty breakfast or treat. I have even made my chocolate smoothie with coconut water and it’s wonderful. Click Here for my smoothie recipe.

Milk Substitute for French Toast and Pancakes
Coconut Milk! Yes this is where coconut milk works perfectly. I made French Toast with coconut milk topped with warmed blueberries this morning. My husband loved it. He wanted more! Perhaps instead of calling this French Toast, call it Bombay Toast. A fancy name will give it that “gourmet” feeling. French toast made with coconut milk has a light flavor. I added a dash of cinnamon and teaspoon of vanilla to my favorite recipe. Of course, the toast was cooked in a tablespoon of coconut oil.

Sour Cream (1 cup)
1 cup plain yogurt (if you have it, add a tablespoon of lemon juice)

Wine (1 cup)
Equal substitutions of broth or fruit juice with 2 teaspoons vinegar or just plain water

You’ll want to check out more from Gourmet Cooking from Your Pantry, Click Here.



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