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

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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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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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Can I replace honey with maple syrup in recipes that require honey?

There are many recipes (or recipe variants) that require honey as ingredient. Barbecue Spareribs Honey Lamb Chops Honey Raisin Choc Drops Honey Shortbread Biscuits Chocolate Chip Cookies Krispie ...
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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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Butter substitute for 1 cup of butter for baking

What can I substitute for 1 cup of butter in baking recipes (e.g. cookies, muffins, cakes, etc.)? I'm looking for something that has less saturated fat (and also doesn't have trans fat). Update: ...
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Garlic Powder vs Garlic

I have a recipe that calls for garlic powder to taste. Is there any reason why I couldn't use regular garlic? Is there a time when garlic powder is preferable to garlic?
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Substitution for baking soda?

I attempted to make pancakes this morning, only to discover that I was out of baking soda. I tried substituting baking powder, but it didn't work at all. The pancakes didn't bubble on the griddle, and ...
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How to substitute eggs in homemade pasta?

I am looking to make pasta at home, but all the classical pasta dough recipes I know of are egg-based. While I have no problem with eating meat and animal products from time to time, I would like to ...
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What is a non-pork substitute for Italian sausage?

We do not have genuine pork Italian sausages here in Israel. When a recipe like Ragu or Bolognese calls for Italian sausage, what meat could be used as a substitute for ground pork, and what ...
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When a Recipe Calls for Expensive Liquor, What's the Purpose and What Are the Substitutes?

As I begin cooking more advanced recipes, I've stumbled across a few that required small amounts (tablespoons) of (expensive) spirits such as Cognac, vodka, etc. The problem is that I don't keep that ...
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In baking, can yoghurt replace butter?

By baking, I mean cakes / muffins / biscuits. This is mainly to cut down on fat. I've tried replacing butter with yoghurt in all of these and the results were OK. Are there any cases where it's not ...
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Is there an alternative to cornstarch when used to thicken a pie filling

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 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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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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Low Hassle, Knead-Free Doughs

I wanted to try creating a type of curry filled pastry, but I am curious if there are any good doughs I could utilize that don't need the large waiting times/kneading/rising that most bread recipes ...
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Non-cow's milk replacement for Parmesan cheese in Genovese pesto

My family loves Genovese pesto and we'd started making our own (with varied success). One of our number has been diagnosed as intolerant to cow's milk. This rules out pretty much all shop-bought ...
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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?
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Powdered milk in bread recipe

I have a book with several bread recipes that call for 1-2 tablespoons of powdered milk. This isn't something I usually use and I was thinking substituting it with normal milk, and putting less water ...
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What's a good substitute for cilantro?

I have several friends with the soap gene (cilantro tastes like soap to them), my father's allergic (it gives him a headache) and because of a lifetime of avoiding the stuff, I find cilantro ...
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Possible to thicken gravy without flour or cornstarch?

I'm on a diet where I can't eat a number of things that I would typically use to make gravy, specifically corn and flour. I'm planning on roasting a chicken tonight and I was thinking it would be ...
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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 vegetarian substitute for prosciutto could I use in Carbonara?

Instead of prosciutto, I used capers to try and maintain the salty aspect. It worked ok, but something about the capers and cheese didn't seem right. Any other suggestions? Also, to round out the ...
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What's a good vegetarian substitute for Worcestershire sauce?

The only thing I really miss since I started the whole rampant vegetarian thing is the taste of Worcester sauce in all sorts of dishes. Is there a way to get close to the flavour without doing ...
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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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With what can I replace eggs?

My girlfriend is vegan. How can I replace eggs in a recipe? Maybe with banana or soy? How much? The egg is the key ingredient to keep everything from falling apart.
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Is there a super close substitute for graham crackers?

I'm from Canada (where there are multitudes of graham crackers!), but I'm currently living in Australia. They do not have anything like graham crackers here, and I could really use them for a couple ...
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How to lighten (or make less dense) pizza dough

We're currently using 500g strong flour 1tsp salt 1tsp yeast 325ml water This produces a usable / edible dough, but we're finding it very "dense" or "heavy". It's very filling when eaten, and has ...
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If a recipe calls for canned beans and I want to use dried beans, what do I need to do to the dried beans first?

This is for chili in a slow cooker and I'll be using red beans of some kind--kidney I suppose. I know I need to soak them, but do they need to be pre-cooked too?
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How much dried herb to use when substituting for fresh herbs?

When replacing a fresh or leaf herb in a recipe with the dried or powdered kind, what is the ratio I should normally use for the substitution? E.g. if the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons finely chopped ...
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How much of “wasabi” is actually wasabi in the United States?

After looking at wasabi's Wikipedia page I was shocked to find out that real wasabi loses the majority of its flavor in 15 minutes if left uncovered and that in the United States "wasabi" is actually ...
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Can I make panna cotta using a flavored, non-gelatin “Jell Dessert”?

I'd like to make panna cotta, but all of the recipes I've seen call for unflavored gelatin, and the closest thing I have on hand is a product (Gefen brand Strawberry Jell Dessert) that is neither ...
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In general, can I substitute egg species for either egg-only or egg-centric dishes?

(Prompted by an interesting radio show on ducks and duck eggs). For general uses, in either an egg-only dish, or an egg-centric dish like a custard or quiche, can I use eggs other than chicken eggs? ...
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Can evaporated milk be converted to sweetened condensed?

(Not a duplicate of this question, I don't believe) If I have a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk but only have a can of evaporated milk, is there anything I can do to it to the ...
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What is a suitable Low carb rice alternative?

For the first time since i started dieting, I'm making a stir fry dish for dinner. Usually, I include white rice with the finished product to absorb some of the sauce and provide that fluffy texture. ...
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Substitute For Cream of Tartar

I recently bought tartar sauce instead of cream of tartar as my recipe said. The thing is I can't decide if tartar sauce is the same thing as cream of tartar. Please advise whether I can use this as ...
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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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What is the difference between Greek yogurt and plain yogurt?

One of the ingredients of a recipe is Greek yogurt. May I replace it with plain yogurt? If I do it, what is the difference that I would immediately note?
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Non-alcoholic substitution for dry white wine in bolognese sauce and other tomato sauces?

What is the purpose of dry white wine in a recipe like bolognese sauce? I need to substitute something non-alcoholic for the wine and while I've found many great lists of possible substitutions, the ...
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Substitute for onions and garlic

I love the taste of onions and garlic and it seems lots of other people do too. But they upset my stomach so much that I can't really cook with them. What can I use in their place to give my food a ...
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Can I use 3 jalapenos in place of 1 habanero?

I once got from the library this big book of Mexican recipes. A lot of them called for habaneros and a few of them called for red habaneros. My mother suggested that if I see a recipe calling for ...
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What are the categories of fish?

It seems like there are a few broad categories of fish, and I can easily substitute any fish of a given category for any other most of the time. The one I'm most familiar with is whitefish: a recipe ...
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Is MSG necessary or what to replace it with?

I have always heard that you should stay away MSG. For example when buying bouillon crystals we should always make sure that it doesn't contain MSG. Yet I came across this recipe for spinach soup that ...
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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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How do Blue potatoes differ from Yukon Gold potatoes?

In what ways do Blue potatoes differ from Yukon Golds? (Other than the color.) Do they have comparable amounts of starch and water? Do they have a different flavor or texture? How should I be ...
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what is a good liquid to replace tequila with?

I'm looking to try a marinade recipe I found recently that calls for tequila. However one of my friends is unable to consume alcohol. What would be a good flavorful liquid to use? I'm looking for a ...
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What is the ideal fake turkey substitute for a vegan Thanksgiving?

While recently experimenting with a seitan based fake turkey, I was curious if I was even pursuing the right media for making a fake vegan turkey. With respect to the following characteristics, what ...
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How can I adjust a recipe for different grades/brands/types of gelatin?

I'm trying to reproducibly make a specific jelly recipe. How can I achieve consistent results, using different grades/brands/types of gelatin? Depending on what I can find in grocers nearby, I may ...
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Substitution for egg to bind hamburger mince

My wife is having pregnancy cravings for (homemade) hamburgers, but has developed a prenatal allergy / intolerance to egg. What is a possible replacement for egg to stop a hamburger pattie from ...
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Brownies without egg

My son has a severe egg allergy. We've tried a couple of egg-less brownie recipes but they always end up terrible. I've tried making a batch with an egg replacement and one without. In both cases, the ...
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Mushroom replacement in Beef Wellington

I saw a great recipe for Beef Wellington on Serious Eats that I'm eager to try. However, my roommate does not eat mushrooms (both because he dislikes the flavor and because he had a bad experience as ...