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.
|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|
|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 here, I'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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