You have 20 relatives due to arrive in about an hour and you're halfway through making the glazed sweet potatoes when you realize you don't have any honey. Or maybe you're almost finished with the pumpkin-leek stuffing when you discover the only parsley in your house is dried, not fresh, and have no idea how much to use.
Don’t panic! Whatever you're missing, you probably have an appropriate substitute ingredient on hand, and with the help of WearEver Pure Living’s recipe substitution guide below, you can figure out the exact amount you need to maintain the taste and texture of your favorite recipes. No one will detect a difference, not even your foodie sister-in-law.
WearEver Pure Living’s Recipe Substitution Guide
1 cup honey = 1 1/4 cups sugar + 1/4 cup liquid
1 cup whole milk = 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice = 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup butter = 1 cup margarine or 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup yogurt = 1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon flour (for thickening) = 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch or 2 teaspoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 cup buttermilk = 1 or 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup
1 tablespoon fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon dried herbs
1 square unsweetened chocolate = 3 tablespoons cocoa plus 1 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon baking powder = 1/3 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup all-purpose flour = 1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar = 1 cup white sugar plus 2 tablespoons molasses
1 egg = 1 heaping tablespoon soy flour plus 1 tablespoon water
1 cup self-rising flour = 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried minced onion = 1/4 cup raw minced onion
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.