Ideas for Ingredient SubstitutionsFollow
Do you ever look at a recipe and the ingredient list is really long with things you don?t already have? I?m watching my budget and a long ingredient list to me means an expensive trip to the grocery store. Since I have the basics on hand, I?d prefer to try a recipe that includes things I already have in my pantry.
Recently I?ve discovered an alternative that allows me to branch out and make those recipes, but without adding to my grocery list: ingredient substitutions.
The most thorough and organized website I?ve found is Land O?Lakes. This is saving me a lot of money and space. Instead of storing and purchasing both garlic powder and garlic salt, and I can have garlic powder on hand, mix with salt and achieve the same result.
Last week I had some greens on hand and wanted to get out of my salad dressing rut. I saw a great recipe for Buttermilk Vinaigrette on food52, but it called for buttermilk. Buttermilk is one of those ingredients that pops up in recipes often, but not often enough for me to keep a carton in the refrigerator. Ingredient substitution to the rescue! I combined vinegar and milk and we enjoyed a new (to us) vinaigrette without an extra trip to the grocery or purchasing more ingredients.
Do you have a good resource for substitutions?