When Substituting Saves Money

Posted on June 15th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

When I first learned to cook, I relied heavily on recipes (as most people do, I’m sure). And, I still love looking for and finding great recipes. However, I used to read recipes as though they were written in stone. In order to make the recipe, I had to go get the allspice or green onions or buttermilk that I didn’t already have in my kitchen. Along the way, thanks to some experimentation and simple Google searches. Here are a few tips on ways to save money (and trips to the grocery store!) when you’re cooking.

  • Cilantro: Parsley (or vice versa)
  • Ketchup: for 1 cup, use 1 cup of tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 1 Tablespoon of sugar
  • Red Wine: chicken or beef broth, vinegar or water
  • Buttermilk: one cup of milk plus 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar
  • Sour Cream: plain yogurt
  • Eggs in baking: applesauce, mashed banana, yogurt
  • Vinegar: lemon and lime juice, white wine
  • Bread Crumbs: cracker crumbs, oatmeal (rolled oats or quick cooking)
  • White Sugar: any other type of sugar (brown sugar, confectioner’s sugar), syrup or honey
  • Baking Soda: use extra baking powder (2-3x more)
  • Mozzarella cheese: Monterey Jack, Parmesan
  • Allspice: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves (per teaspoon of allspice)
  • Beef or Chicken Broth: bouillon mixed with 1 cup of boiling water, vegetable broth
  • Butter: margarine, shortening or your favorite oil (I prefer coconut!)

What substitutions do you make in the kitchen?


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