Questions about possible substitutions for an ingredient. Please indicate the reason for substitution.

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Substituting butter for oil: Does it matter for baked goods?

When a recipe (like for muffins) calls for vegetable oil, does it matter if I substitute the oil for butter because I want that buttery taste in the muffins? Do I need to compensate for the ...
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Is there a difference between green and spring onions?

I've seen some recipes call for green onions but always use spring onions? Is there a difference between them? Is there a better substitute?
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What is ground beef?

I keep hearing about Ground Beef, but I'm from Australia and I've never actually seen it before. Is it the same thing as Minced Beef? Or different? Is Minced beef an acceptible substitute if they're ...
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Alternatives to halloumi?

Are there other cheeses which have similar properties to halloumi, like the fact that it doesn't melt easily and can be grilled, fried or barbequed?
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Fondue without Gruyere cheese

Can you give me some good tips how to prepare Fondue without Gruyere/Racclete cheese? Do you know good recipes based on Gouda or other cheeses?
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Shredded Coconut as a Substitute for…?

I had a recipe that called for unsweetened shredded coconut and the only package I could find brought a TON of it. I ended up not caring for the recipe so now I have all this extra shredded coconut. ...
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Substituting table salt or sea salt for kosher salt?

The roasted chicken recipe I'm following of course calls for kosher salt, but I don't have any, and getting some is out of the question. I have sea salt and table salt on hand. Can I substitute one ...
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Milk alternative in pancake batter

What could I use in place of milk in pancake batter? Would rice milk or soya milk work? What about in scotch pancakes?
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Using skim or low-fat milk in recipes

When a recipe calls for milk, does using skim or low-fat milk over whole milk matter? Even though the difference between whole and skim milk is about 2 percent fat, will it affect the result? Is ...
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How do you halve a recipe that calls for 1 egg?

How do you halve a recipe that calls for 1 egg? Clarification: I do not want to have to make the full recipe just to use half and I don't have powdered egg substitute.
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Can couverture chocolate be substituted with other ingredients?

I have a brownie recipe that calls for couverture chocolate to be used. Unfortunately it is getting difficult (and expensive) to obtain this chocolate. Is there a way to get the same effect using ...
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What is a good substitute for Fish Sauce?

Are there any good substitutes for Fish Sauce for cooking Thai food? This is due to a severe food allergy (anaphylaxis) to all forms of seafood, so I'm unable to substitute for other fish-based ...
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When baking what works well as a sugar substitute?

I'm curious about what I can use for a sugar substitute while baking. I'm not interested in artificial sweetners, really. For instance, I've found that apple juice works well in some muffins. Are ...
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What is a substitute for red or white wine in a recipe?

If someone cannot or will not use wine for cooking, what would be a good substitute? Question applies to both red and white wine.
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What is a substitute for mascarpone cheese?

I've found mascarpone cheese can be pricey. What would be a good (in taste and price) substitute?
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Is there a substitute for tahini in hummus?

If I don't have tahini is there anything similar to use to make hummus?
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What are essential ingredients to have in your pantry at all times?

In a few of the cookbooks I own there are sections that go over a list of "must-haves" for a well stocked pantry. I acknowledge this question is subjective, but I do think that there are a half-dozen ...
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Are there any reasonable substitutions for lemon juice?

In the past I cooked myself into a corner when I realized mid-recipe that I didn't have any lemons or lemon juice available. Nor did I have any limes. I can't remember the exact recipe, but I ...
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Is there any difference between bakers yeast and regular yeast?

I'm looking at this bread recipe and it says to use "Bakers Yeast" but when I make pizza dough I just use regular yeast (which I also have in my cupboard at the moment). So I'm wondering if I could ...
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What would be a good substitute for Rice Wine?

I like to prepare various Asian dishes and one of the important ingredients I use is rice wine; unfortunately, it's become difficult to obtain lately, and sherry, which is sometimes used, never was a ...
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Alternative to arrowroot

I have a lovely recipe (for stir-fried tofu) that uses arrowroot as its thickener. This is easy to use, and adds a nice subtle flavour of its own to the dish. However, I am now living somewhere where ...
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What are alternative gelling agents to gelatine? And what are their properties?

I recently was making some orange jelly which was going to be dipped in chocolate. I couldn't use gelatine to set the jelly as it returned to a liquid below the temperature of the melted chocolate. ...
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When is a cooking oil not appropriate to substitute for another?

Frequently recipes call for a particular kind of oil for making use of certain characteristics (taste, heat tolerance, health, etc.). It's well known you can substitute cooking oils in most cases ...
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Recommended cooking uses for applejack?

I recently had a recipe that called for applejack (apple brandy) in the glaze. Now I've got a bunch of this stuff lying around, and I'm looking for cooking applications for it. Can it be substituted ...
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How can I make cookies with no eggs?

I'd like to make some biscuits (cookies), but I have no eggs, and I don't want to leave the apartment. Can I use something else?
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What can I use for a Crème brûlée if I don't have a blow torch?

I've always wanted to make a Crème brûlée but I don't have a blow torch to burn the top with. Is there anything else I can use to get that nice crunchy caramel on top?
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Substituting garlic powder for garlic salt?

I love using garlic powder but I also see recipes call for garlic salt. I thought that you could just add garlic powder instead of garlic salt (which of course is sold separately!) and then just add ...
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Daikon in place of pasta

I remember seeing somewhere that one could use daikon in place of pasta, but I can't seem to find how one would prepare it. Have you done this? If so, what should I be aware of when I try it out?
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How do I make a “baking powder” substitute in a pinch

Every once in while we run out of "Baking powder". What would be a good receipt for a substitute that you have used that works well. Thanks!!
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Making (or substitute for) ricotta cheese?

Some of my favorite dishes call for ricotta cheese, be it anything from a lasagna to cannoli. Arguably, this is a very easy thing to find in the States (and presumably elsewhere), so I'd never thought ...
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Resources for determining cooking substitutions

Judging from the number of questions tagged substitutions, this is a common thing to ask. Are there any resources to find substitutions, and what circumstances those work under? For example, ...
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Mayonnaise Substitutes

I love pasta salads, tuna salad, sandwiches, and sauces; but I don't really like the texture of mayonnaise or the feeling I get after eating mayonnaise. What mayonnaise substitutes have you found ...
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What are some good substitutes for salt for those on low sodium diets?

I try to keep my sodium intake fairly low to ensure that my blood pressure doesn't get too high. Salt is such a common part of cooking, and it's especially difficult to cook Asian-style food without ...
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Substitution for Suet in Christmas Pudding

I'm interested in making a traditional Christmas pudding but I've never seen suet available in the stores around here. Assuming I can't find any, what would be a good substitution?
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What vegan substitutes are available for cheese?

Suppose I want a cheesy-tasting sauce that is vegan. How could I obtain this flavor (or something close to it) without using any actual milk or cheese?
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What is the functional difference between imitation vanilla and true vanilla extract?

When baking or using vanilla, most recipes call for vanilla extract. In the supermarket you can find imitation vanilla flavoring for less money. Obviously the imitation is meant to be as close to the ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of various sugars/substitutes?

Such as: Splenda Artificial Sweeteners Sugar "In the Raw" Honey Stevia Molasses Can they be used interchangeably in recipes or do they have to be used at different proportions?Aside from ...
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Removing fat from a recipe

If I see a recipe I like, and it includes a marinade or sauce in which butter or oil is a significant ingredient, is there any way to substitute that fat and preserve a similar taste and texture? For ...
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Best meat replacements for a vegetarian/vegan?

Let's compile a list of vegetarian/vegan meat replacements. Generic replacements: Seitan Tofu Tempeh Quorn Quorn Vegan Alternatives Paneer TVP Commercial fake meats: Tofurky (Roasts, Sausages, ...
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Is there an alternative to condensed milk?

In Denmark we don't have condensed milk in our regular stores and I've actually only seen it in an UK-import store a few years ago. Is there an alternative to it or can you craft it with regular ...
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Which vinegars are essential to keep on hand?

There seems to be a large variety of different vinegars called for in the various recipes I've been trying out lately. I've ended up with a cabinet full of half used bottles. That being said, which ...
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Is there a milk-free sour cream?

Is there some kind of milk-free sour cream available, to use as substitute due to an allergy?
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Is there an alternative to cornstarch

I made a some pies a couple of days ago. The recipe called for cornstarch and it thicken the filling after it came out of the oven. The only thing is I could taste a bit of the cornstarch when I was ...
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What ingredients (available in specific regions) can I substitute for parsley?

I have a recipe that calls for fresh parsley. I have substituted other fresh herbs for their dried equivalents but I don't have fresh or dried parsley. Is there something else (ex another dried herb) ...
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What is the difference between baking soda and baking powder?

And can I use one in place of the other in certain recipes?