Substitute Cooking Ingredients
 For the Frugal cook

Knowing what substitute cooking ingredients you can use when you're in the middle of preparing dinner and either realise that (A) you haven't got a vital ingredient or (B) you just don't have enough of it to feed everyone, could be a real life saver.

To save those embarrassed faces and awkward situations I thought it would be handy to provide you with a list of emergency ingredients and also how you can make your meals go further with other food stretchers.

Emergency Ingredients

Baking Powder 1tsp 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda, plus 1/2tsp cream of tartar, plus 1/2 tsp ground rice. Sift together  
Beer   Ginger Ale, lemonade, tonic water
Bolognese Sauce   Extra meat, shellfish, vegetables, olives, Soya granules
Bread Crumbs (for coatings) Crushed cornflakes or water biscuits  
Self raising flower 4oz 40z plain flour, plus 1 level tsp baking powder. sift together  
Chicken   Onion, celery, rice , pasta
Chilli   Bulgur, beans, rice, spaghetti, sweet corn
Corn flour 1tbsp (as thickener) 2 level tbsp plain flour  
Cream single 1/2 pint 225ml milk plus 60ml melted unsalted butter  
Creamed corn   Milk or stock and onion (for soup)
Fish   cut up and stir fry with vegetables or mix with spicy rice
fruit juice   soda water, mineral water
Gravy Condensed tinned soup or packet soup made with half quantity of water Pureed vegetables, tomato sauce, mushrooms
Green Pepper red or yellow peppers stuffing of rice
Minced beef minced pork or lamb Grated courgette, carrot pr marrow, rice pasta, onion, green pepper, lentils
Honey 225ml 225g sugar plus 4tbsp water or golden syrup  
Ice cream Frozen Yoghurt Fruit, sauce, cereal topping
Lemon Juice 1tsp 1/2tsp vinegar, limejuice  
Milk whole 1/2pt 1/2pt skimmed milk plus 3tsp melted butter Instant dried milk
Noodles Spaghetti  
Sour cream natural yoghurt  
Steak   Dice and stir fry with vegetables
Sauce tartar 115ml 7tbsp mayonnaise plus 2tbsp chopped sweet mixed pickles  
Tomato sauce 285ml Condensed tomato soup or packet of soup made with half the water. Carrots, broccoli, celery, green pepper, olives

(list from the Practical Problem Solver, Readers Digest)

If you have any other suggestions for this list then please send them to us hereI'm sure there are many other substitute cooking ingredients that could help out in an cooking crisis.

It is always a good idea to keep a lot of the basic ingredients in your cupboard so don't forget to add them to your grocery shopping list so that you will never be caught out.

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