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  • Holiday Hacks: Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

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Holiday Hacks: Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients
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  • Christmas is a wonderful time, but when you're busy prepping multiple dishes in the kitchen, something is bound to go wrong: a misstep in grocery shopping that leads to a missing ingredient, or using up the last of your pantry staples. Here are emergency substitutions for common ingredients in the kitchen that’ll save you from holiday stress! 

    1. Herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme: for every tablespoon of fresh herb, you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of its dried version. 

    2. Baking powder. Make a mix of 2 parts cream of tartar to 1 part baking soda. Even Cake Boss Buddy Valastro uses this hack!

    3. Bread crumbs: rolled oats (ground roughly in a food processor), cornflake or bran cereal (crushed). 

    4. Broth: For every cup of broth, you can substitute with 1 bouillon cube in 1 cup of water. 

    5. Buttermilk: Substitute 1 cup of buttermilk with 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar or fresh lemon juice and enough full-cream milk to make 1 cup.

    6. Cornstarch: For thickening sauces, soups, and chowders, substitute 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of flour. 

    7. Soy sauce: For every tablespoon of soy sauce, substitute with ½ tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. 

    8. Heavy cream: For sauces and soups, you can use an equal amount of evaporated milk as a substitute. 

    9. Garlic: One clove can be substituted with 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. 

    10. Vinegar: 1 tablespoon of vinegar can be substituted with an equal amount of fresh lemon juice.


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