The Best Substitute for Lime Juice (Plus 6 More Options)Skills
No, it’s not just lemons.
Apr 24, 2024
Yes, You Really Can Make Your Own Brown Sugar at Home Skills
Brown sugar is the sticky, fragrant sweetener that adds moisture and flavor to so many of our favorite baked goods, from chocolate chip cookies to banana bread. But if you find yourself staring into an empty box, don’t fret — you’ve likely got everything you need to make brown sugar from scratch. So whether you need a cup or a pound, or light or dark, you’re just two ingredients away from it. Here’s how to make brown sugar at home.
Feb 15, 2024
The Best Egg Substitutes for Any RecipeSkills
Eggs are a baking essential, a glue that holds cakes, muffins, and quick breads together. But what if you’re vegan, have an allergy or aversion, or just ran out of eggs and really want to make some muffins? Every home cook needs an easy egg substitute in their back pocket. Replacing eggs in a baking recipe usually requires special considerations — does the substitute have the same moisture, protein, and fats as a large egg does?
Nov 15, 2023
The 10 Best Shallot Substitutes to Use Skills
Out of shallots? You have options! Learn the best substitutes for everyone’s favorite allium.
Mar 31, 2023
The Best Cornstarch Substitutes: Here’s What to Use If You’ve Run OutSkills
Its texture can be hard to replicate, but it isn't entirely irreplaceable either.
Feb 9, 2023
What to Do When You’re Baking and Out of EggsSkills
No, you don't have to run out to the store.
Dec 10, 2022
Need a Butter Substitute for Baking? Here Are 3 Easy SwapsSkills
Oils, applesauce, and yogurt will all work in a pinch.
Nov 1, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Brown Sugar and White Sugar?Skills
Here's everything you need to know about these two types of sugar, plus how to substitute one for the other.
Oct 18, 2022
The Best Non-Alcoholic Substitutes for Red & White WineSkills
It's easy to make a quick substitution with something you probably have in the kitchen.
Oct 4, 2022
The 4 Best Tomato Paste SubstitutesSkills
Reach for these other tomato products when you run out of paste.
Sep 14, 2022
3 Vegetarian Substitutes for Gelatin (Because Vegans Love Jello Too!)Skills
Gelatin is made from animal collagen, but if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you can still make these delicious desserts.
Aug 23, 2022
5 Vegan Substitutes for Eggs in BakingSkills
Have you tried any of these?
Aug 15, 2022
The 5 Best Substitutes for Corn Syrup for Pies, Candy, and MoreSkills
No matter what you're making, we have a substitute that'll work for you.
Jul 30, 2022
10 Cream Cheese Substitutes That Actually WorkSkills
Try these cream cheese swaps the next time you run out.
Jul 7, 2022
The Best Olive Oil Substitutes — And When to Use ThemSkills
Ran out of olive oil? There are plenty of substitutes you can use instead.
Jul 7, 2022
The 4 Best Basil Substitutes for When You’re in a PinchSkills
No basil? Here are 4 substitutes you can use when you run out.
May 28, 2022
The Best Powdered Sugar Substitutes, According to a Baking ExpertSkills
Not only is it easy to make at home, but it's also easy to substitute.
Apr 30, 2022
The 6 Best Substitutes for White Wine VinegarSkills
It's easy to substitute for white wine vinegar — here's how.
Apr 28, 2022
Out of Lemons? Here are 8 Substitutions You Can Use InsteadSkills
Use these common substitutions for fresh lemon juice and zest in baking and cooking.
Apr 20, 2022
The 3 Best Substitutes for Balsamic VinegarSkills
Ran out of balsamic? You probably have one of these great subs on hand.
Apr 21, 2022
6 Easy-to-Find Ricotta Substitutes Skills
Use these substitutes in a pinch if you don't have ricotta nearby.
Mar 6, 2022
How to Substitute Whole-Wheat Flours for All-Purpose FlourSkills
Our local grocery stores carry a wide variety of flours that are great for all sorts of baking projects. Among the many types of flours available are white all-purpose, white whole-wheat, and regular whole-wheat flour. Regular whole-wheat flour is made from whole wheat grains, also known as kernels, and has a recognizable tan or beige color. White all-purpose flour (aka the kind you’re probably most used to baking with) is made from only part of the wheat grain known as the endosperm.
Feb 28, 2022
Every Fresh Garlic Substitute You Could Ever Need, from Frozen Garlic to Garlic SaltSkills
Here's every single fresh garlic substitute you need, plus a handy chart on how to use them.
Jan 27, 2021
Soy Alternatives: Substitutes for Tofu, Miso, Soy Sauce and MoreSkills
If you’re allergic to soybeans or want to reduce your consumption of soy for other reasons, foods like tofu, miso, and soy sauce are out. A soy-free diet can be even harder if you’re a vegetarian or vegan. Check out this list of soy alternatives and leave your own suggestions in the comments. • Edamame Substitutes: Green peas and fresh fava and lima beans are good substitutes.
Dec 31, 2020
A Quick Guide to Ingredient SubstitutionsSkills
We’ve all faced ingredient conundrums and last-minute shortages in the kitchen. Oh no! Out of eggs! No heavy cream! Need a buttermilk substitute! Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true substitutions you can turn to in a pinch. These can also be helpful if you’re trying to modify a recipe out of dietary necessity (shifting it to be dairy or gluten-free, for example). This guide will help get you started.
Dec 10, 2020
Don’t Have Heavy Cream? Here’s a Smart Substitute That Actually WorksSkills
Yes, there's a way to make heavy cream with ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
Jul 22, 2020
The Best Yeast Substitutes for Baked Goods
Everything you need to know about baking bread without yeast.
Jul 22, 2020
Whether You Hate It or Don’t Have It, Here Are the Best Cilantro SubstitutesSkills
Take your pick from these three.
May 11, 2020
Out of Broth? Here’s What to Use Instead.Skills
Your beer and wine stash is key.
Apr 30, 2020
Everything You Need to Know About Substituting Butter for Oil in Cooking
Swaps and Substitutions
Yes, you can totally pan-fry and more with butter.
Apr 29, 2020
The Best Substitutes for Evaporated Milk Are Already in Your KitchenSkills
So you can still bake those 7-layer bars!
Apr 28, 2020
Out of Granulated Sugar? Here’s What to Use Instead.Skills
No sugar? No problem! These smart substitutions are already in your kitchen.
Apr 28, 2020
Out of All-Purpose Flour? Here's What to Use Instead.Skills
Yes, you can still bake if you're out of all-purpose flour.
Apr 28, 2020
Every Single Substitute for Fresh Milk We KnowSkills
And what to expect from each.
Mar 26, 2020
What’s the Best Substitute for Baking Soda?Skills
Answer: The solution is already in your pantry.
Mar 19, 2020
We Tried 5 Shortcut Substitutes for Fresh Garlic — And There Was a Clear Winner
Shortcut Showdown
While nothing truly compares to fresh garlic, one substitute did actually get quite close.
Mar 19, 2020
Want to Make a Better Quick Bread? Try Using Muffin BatterSkills
Goodbye banana bread, hello sour cherry chocolate chunk bread!
Sep 23, 2019
Banana For an Egg: Vegan Substitutions for 8 Common Baking IngredientsSkills
• Butter: Margarine or olive oil are the best choices. For margarine, Annie recommends Earth Balance brand for the most “buttery” flavor, but any vegan brand can be substituted directly for butter. Don’t try to brown it in recipes calling for browned butter, though.Baking with olive oil also works well. (Use 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil for every cup of butter.) It can be used to grease pans as well, as long as the coating is very light.
Jun 5, 2019
Egg Substitutes in Baking? Try Flax Seed!Skills
Have you ever tried replacing eggs with ground flax seed in your baking? We spotted this tip on the Bitten blog last week and were instantly intrigued.We’ve been known to sprinkle flax seeds over our morning oatmeal or mix a few spoonfuls into bread dough for the boost of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. But this is the first we’ve heard that it can be used as an egg replacement!
Jun 5, 2019
Gluten-Free Baking: How to Make An Easy Flour SubstituteSkills
As holiday baking projects take over my kitchen, I find myself thinking of friends and family with gluten intolerance who might not be looking at this time of year so favorably. I caught up with Geri Peacock of the gluten-free Cherbourg Bakery in Columbus, Ohio to ask for some expert advice. Here’s her recommendation for a flour substitute that’s simple to make and even easier to use.
Jun 4, 2019
Blogging Cook’s Illustrated: Quick and Easy Sugar SubstitutesSkills
This time of year, we often come across recipes that call for sugars we don’t normally use or remember to keep stocked, like superfine or confectioner sugars. What to do if you find yourself short? The good folks from Cook’s Illustrated have a few ideas…Here are the suggestions from Cook’s Illustrated for sugar substitutes using regular granulated sugar:For Superfine Sugar – Run one cup plus 2 teaspoons of white sugar in the food processor for 30 seconds.
May 3, 2019
Good Question: Healthy Chip Substitute?Skills
Just in time to round out Eating Light month, and just in time for the Super Bowl, too, here’s a question from Lindsey on chips and salsa:I love eating chips and salsa, although chips aren’t really all that good for me. I was wondering if you had any ideas for a chip substitute that would be great for eating with salsa?Lindsey, well, if you love chips, we first off would suggest just eating them in moderation and not substituting anything! A handful here and there won’t hurt.
May 3, 2019
Food Science: Egg Substitutions in Cookies and BrowniesSkills
We recently received a question in our Kitchn inbox about substituting yolks for whole eggs in a cookie recipe. Baking is often more chemistry than anything else, so we thought we’d take a look at this question from a scientific perspective!We know from our own baking experience that eggs help make the finished product tender and moist, give it a golden color, and provide some richness of flavor. Along with flour, eggs also help set the structure of whatever it is you’re baking.
May 2, 2019
Tips for Substituting Agave in Baked GoodsSkills
Using agave in place traditional sugars in recipes is a snap to do, but it does take a little know-how. We have a few quick tips to aide you in your baking adventures to make sure each and every treat hits the sweet spot without any let down. Agave isn’t a difficult ingredient to add to your pantry and won’t crystallize (like honey), making it have a ridiculously long shelf life.
May 2, 2019
Gluten-Free Flour Substitutes: Which One Is Your Favorite?Skills
Replacing wheat flour with a gluten-free substitute is not nearly so simple or straightforward as we would like. No other flour can singlehandedly duplicate all the characteristics we love in wheat, but blending several different flours together can get mighty close. What’s your favorite gluten-free flour mix?We think buying a pre-blended mix is a good way to go if you’re just starting out or bake infrequently.
May 2, 2019
On Cooking Through Your Pantry: Using Up Odds and EndsSkills
It’s getting to be that time of the year where I feel uninspired in the kitchen. Short a bright and tasty clementine here and there, my freezer and pantry are pretty dull. But then, in an effort to do some early spring cleaning, I started on a project to cook through all the half bags of couscous, sun-dried tomatoes, and cans of beans. And, you know what? It’s pretty fun!Last night I pulled together a dinner of Trader Joe’s Giant White Beans and couscous.
May 2, 2019
Can Baker’s Sugar Be Substituted for Granulated Sugar?Skills
Q: Is baker’s sugar interchangeable with granulated sugar? Also, can you taste the difference between baker’s sugar and granulated in, say, a cookie recipe?Sent by NicoleEditor: Baker’s sugar is a finely-ground type of sugar synonymous with “superfine sugar.” Bakers use it because it dissolves and incorporates more easily into recipes.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Best Substitute for Fish Sauce in Thai Dishes?Skills
Q: I’m planning on having a few friends over and would love to make a Thai-inspired meal, but one friend is allergic to seafood. I know most Thai dishes involve fish sauce. Is there a non-seafood substitute that still provides the unique flavor of fish sauce? Sent by Cally Editor: Take a look at this vegan fish sauce recipe: • Recipe: Vegan Fish Sauce Readers, any other suggestions?
May 2, 2019
What Is the Best Substitute for Onions in Recipes?Skills
Q: My wife’s childhood was riddled with stomachaches. After moving away and cooking for herself, she realized that onions were the cause. We’ve been onion- and shallot-free (and stomachache-free) for almost 20 years. We don’t miss the flavor, but I can’t help but think that the recipe step of sautéing onions is important. (Giving spices a chance to release their flavors into the oil/butter/etc.
May 1, 2019
What’s a Good Substitute for Crème Fraîche?Skills
Q: If crème fraîche is not available, can you make your own or would sweetened sour cream be just as good? Sent by Ann Editor: Plain sour cream is a great substitute for crème fraîche, and the result will just be slightly more sour than if crème fraîche is used. If you’re feeling ambitious, make your own crème fraîche with just buttermilk and cream!
May 1, 2019
Are There Any Substitutes for Saffron?Skills
Q: What can I use as a substitute for saffron? Are there any spice blends that work in its place? Sent by Joan Editor: Saffron has a very unique flavor and aroma that’s tough to replicate. Some would even argue that there is no substitute for this spice. Some people may opt for using a smaller amount of turmeric, which can come close to mimicking saffron in color, but it’s not a direct substitute in terms of taste. Is Saffron Worth Its High Price Tag?
May 1, 2019
Peaches Are My Totally Awesome Substitute for Bacon (Yes, Really!)Skills
For most of my youth, I preferred eggs scrambled or in omelette form. And by the time my taste buds understood and appreciated the delicacy that was eggs Benedict, it was too late. I was on a strict low-sodium diet and could no longer eat the salty layer of Canadian bacon, nor the buttered English muffin. Meaning I was destined for a life of two-not-three-layered Benedicts (poached eggs with hollandaise).
May 1, 2019
What Can I Substitute for Hungarian Paprika?Skills
Q: If I don’t have Hungarian paprika, which paprika should I use? Sent by Fran Editor: Turns out there are a lot of different varieties of Hungarian paprika that range in pungency and heat! The most common version sold in the U.S. is the édesnemes variety, which is probably most similar to sweet paprika. What’s the Difference? Paprika Readers, what kind of paprika would you substitute here?
May 1, 2019
What’s a Good Substitute for Almond Meal?Skills
Q: What is a good substitute for almond meal/flour? Since California is in a ridiculous drought, and almonds require a ton of water to grow (one gallon for one almond), and there are a lot of almonds grown in California … you can see where I’m going with this. While there are many culprits in the water issue, I figure one of the ways I can help as both a California resident and a consumer is to cut down on my consumption of certain foods.
May 1, 2019
Are There Plant-Based Replacements for Gelatin?Skills
Q: What’s a good plant-based replacement for gelatin in sheet or powder form? Sent by Danielle Editor: You’ve got quite a few options to choose from, and the one you go with depends on what you’re making. Overall, the best analog is Vegan Jel, a product made form vegetable gum and available in powdered form. You can find this at most health-food stores and often at Indian grocery stores. Agar agar and carrageenan — both derived from algae — are options as well.
May 1, 2019
What Vegetable Can I Substitute for Spaghetti Squash?Skills
Q: Is there another vegetable that’s a good substitute for spaghetti squash? They are hard to find this time of year. Sent by Felicia Editor: If you’re taking advantage of the neutral flavor of spaghetti squash and its popular use as a noodle replacement, then zucchini is a good choice. Like spaghetti squash, it doesn’t have a very pronounced flavor and it can be turned into noodles with either a spiralizer or julienne peeler.
May 1, 2019
What Are Some Substitutes for Cornstarch in Pudding?Skills
Q: What can I use in place of cornstarch when making a pudding? Also, is the substitution a one-to-one ratio? Sent by Patricia Editor: Arrowroot is great a substitute for pudding, and in my opinion, turns out a superior product since its flavor tends to be more neutral than cornstarch. About two teaspoons of arrowroot flour equals 1 tablespoon cornstarch, so be sure to make the switch accordingly. Tapioca or rice flour are other great options as well.
May 1, 2019
Kohlrabi Is a Good Substitute for Any of These 5 VegetablesSkills
If you’re new to kohlrabi and not quite sure what to do with it, or you’re seeking some new inspiration, look to a few other vegetables that you’re already familiar with. Because of its crisp, firm texture and somewhat peppery, somewhat sweet taste, this brassica makes a good substitute for broccoli stems, cabbage, and more. The taste and texture of kohlrabi is most similar to broccoli. Specifically, broccoli stems.
May 1, 2019
5 Spice Blends to Use in Place of Pumpkin Pie SpiceSkills
Now that we’ve made it to November, perhaps you’re growing weary of pumpkin spice, well, everything. Not to worry, though, because there are a handful of spice blends out there that just might rival that classic combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. They may seem unconventional in your pumpkin pie or muffins, but give one a try and I guarantee that your taste buds will delight in the vast world of flavors beyond pumpkin pie spice.
May 1, 2019
Stop Buying Tilapia! Here Are 5 Other Fish You Need to Try.Skills
Walk into just about every grocery store or fish market and you’ll find tilapia. Somewhere along the line it became as common and as popular as salmon. The fact that it doesn’t taste too fishy, is versatile to cook, and isn’t expensive probably has something to do with it. Most tilapia also sustainable, since it tends to be farmed pretty responsibly these days — especially in the U.S. and Canada.
May 1, 2019
3 Substitutes for Canned Pumpkin PuréeSkills
There are two reasons why you might need to substitute something for canned pumpkin purée: either your grocery store ran out (it happens!), or you accidentally forgot to pick some up. Don’t worry, though — there are a few pantry and freezer staples that you can easily substitute for canned pumpkin purée in most recipes. These three pumpkin purée alternatives will keep you cooking or baking no matter what.
May 1, 2019
3 Ways to Use Dates as a Substitute for White SugarSkills
Dates are a powerhouse sweetener. Not only are they naturally high in sugar and fiber, but their sweetness also has distinct caramel-like flavor that just cannot be replicated. However, when it comes to replacing dates for white sugar in cooking and baking, a simple one-for-one swap isn’t always possible. But dates can be manipulated into a few baking-friendly forms and replace white sugar in everything from salad dressing to cookies.
Jun 13, 2017
6 Ways to Become a Fearless Improviser in the KitchenSkills
Becoming a master in the kitchen doesn’t simply mean memorizing recipes from cookbooks or making a successful soufflé. It also means being able to look in the pantry and fridge and use what’s on hand to make a meal, replace a missing ingredient, or add something unexpected (and unlisted) to an existing recipe. In other words, you must be able to improvise. If this idea scares the living daylights out of you, here’s the trick: practice.
Dec 16, 2015
Is There a Good Substitute for Fresh Cranberries?Skills
Q: We are a family living abroad, and want to invite local friends to celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional dinner. I can find most ingredients, but there are no fresh cranberries for the relish. Any ideas on what I can substitute for the cranberries or another relish? Sent by Elizabeth Editor: That’s too bad that you can’t find fresh cranberries where you live.
Nov 24, 2015
Budget Tip: The Best Substitute for Fresh ParsleySkills
Do you find yourself buying bunches of fresh parsley that you never seem to use up? Well, here’s a handy substitute: carrot tops. Buying carrots with the tops still on at the grocery store or farmers market will give you a two-for-one bonus — sweet carrots and flavorful tops. No joke, carrots and parsley are botanically related, and their leaves have a similarly sweet, refreshing flavor. (And should you find them, parsley roots are great for roasting or cooking much like parsnips.
Mar 16, 2015
The Easy Way to Make Cake Flour SubstituteSkills
While I love baking, living in New York City means I don’t have a lot of storage space — especially in the kitchen. The baking shelf in my pantry is stocked very simply with basics and essentials. While I’d love to keep things like cake flour on hand, it just isn’t practical since I don’t use it on a regular basis. Instead I have room for one bulky sack of all-purpose flour.
Feb 10, 2015
Baking Tip: Did You Know That You Can Substitute Avocado For Butter?Skills
We are seriously big fans of the avocado around these parts. Here’s your avocado tip of the day: Did you know you can use avocado in your baking? It’s a simple way to cut out some fat! By substituting avocado for some but not all of your butter in baking you can cut the fat by almost 40%. Although we’re not big on watching such things, we are big on substitutions that we always have in the house and these days we have the green globes around more than butter!
Jul 20, 2012
Can I Substitute Chocolate Bars for Cocoa When Baking?Skills
Q:  I recently ran out of my favorite dark chocolate cocoa powder. Can I substitute a dark chocolate bar in place of the cocoa powder? If so, are 8 ounces of chocolate bar equivalent to 1 cup of cocoa powder?Cocoa powder always seems to be more expensive than chocolate bars, so subbing the chocolate bars could be cost effective too.Sent by SarahEditor: Sarah, we presume you are asking about baked good recipes here.
Jun 23, 2010