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

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Mushroom substitutes

I use mushrooms mainly to bulk up food, for example, I add them to cottage pie, lasagne, etc.. and they can turn 1lb of minced into 1.5lb. Also, I particularly like venison stew (which seems to ...
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Replacing agar-agar with gelatin

I'm not able to purchase agar-agar (yet), so is there a rule for replacing the quantity? I've seen a recipe with 0,5 spoon of agar-agar for 1 spoon of gelatin. Is that the usual proportion? ...
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What is a non-alcoholic substitute for rum in a glaze?

I want to make an orange cake and its recipe calls for rum in the glaze. Rum, anything alcoholic, rum extract, etc. are not an option for me. Is there a way to substitute with vanilla extract? If so, ...
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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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What can I use as a replacement for ricotta or cottage cheese in a lasagna?

I really cannot take the texture of ricotta or cottage cheese in food, to the point where I will gag when it is in my mouth. However, most of the recipes I have seen for lasagna involve using one or ...
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Can I make potato dauphinoise/potato gratin/gratin dauphinoise without cream and just milk?

Tonight I'm going to make potato dauphinoise but I don't have any cream - at all - and all the recipes call for it! I should also note I have no creme fraiche or fromage frais or plain yoghurt e.t.c ...
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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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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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yeastless bread help!

My family has been trying to get away from using yeast. So I've been experimenting with using baking powder and baking soda as a leavening agent in my bread loaves. Our first loaf was very salty! I ...
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Can you replace whole eggs with only egg whites when baking pumpkin pie?

I am going to be baking a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving but me as well as several family members are currently losing weight together... I'm already replacing the sugar with stevia to dramatically drop ...
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Quick tiramisu with many restrictions

My wife helps organize a vegetarian community kitchen. She recently had a request for tiramisu-like dessert but there are a number of restrictions: The time frame of the kitchen means they only have ...
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Can Nutmeg be substituted in for Mace?

This may depend on recipe, however since Mace is the outer coating of nutmeg seeds, I was wondering if nutmeg can be substituted in for mace in recipes. Specifically, there is this recipe for hot dogs ...
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Substituting some sugar for stevia

I understand that sugar serves several different purposes in cooking so it's often not okay to replace with natural sweeteners like stevia. However, when significant amounts of sugar are required, is ...
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Substituting Chicken Breast for Chicken Legs in Korma [closed]

I am looking at Madhur Jaffrey's Chicken Korma recipe as given at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/creamychickenkormawi_90196; however I only have chicken breasts. In what manner should I modify the ...
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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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Cheaper alternative to parmesan cheese?

The parmesan cheese in pasta recipe is quite expensive.....do we have cheaper alternative?? Are there are cheddar cheese which can replace parmesan cheese?
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Replacing whole milk with sweetened condensed milk for cheescake

I am making a no bake cheesecake. It calls for milk but I just ran out. Can I substitute with sweetened condensed milk?
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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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Do I have to put suet in my canned mincemeat?

I want to home can a very simple or basic mincemeat that can be changed differently in each use. Do not understand need of suet? Can something else be used?
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Subs for baking mix/ eggs and condensed milk?

I am trying to make my own protein cookies/bars. This way I know what is in them. I have a good idea on what I can replace oil and eggs with. What I am still unsure of is what to replace the biscuit ...
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Cream based substitute for milk

I typically have heavy cream on hand but not milk so I'm frequently in need of a method to substitute the milk in recipes with cream. It seems to me that adding some amount of water and sugar to the ...
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How to predict what the final result of a recipe will weigh?

I have a recipe for a mascarpone substitute. How much does that recipe make? I need a pound's worth, so I don't know if that will be a enough or is too much. Here is the recipe: 1 16 oz block of ...
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American Potatoes vs. Spanish Potatoes

I just watched a commercial for Idaho potatoes that said they're special because they're especially 'dense'. When I was in Spain my señora told me that when she came to American she couldn't make ...
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Can Southern Blue Whiting replace Cod?

Can you use Southern Blue Whiting (which is a small codfish) in place of Atlantic Cod in most recipes? Other than the size difference between the two, are there any important differences to bear in ...
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How can I substitute Tender Quick® for pink salt + kosher salt?

I have a recipe for pastrami that calls for 1 T of pink salt + 3/4 cup of kosher salt. I don't have access to pink salt or saltpeter, but I do have Morton® Tender Quick®. I imagine that I can use the ...
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lemon zest substitute

I have a cookie recipe that calls for 1/4 cup of lemon zest. Can I substitute dried lemon peel, and how much? Or should I use lemon extract, how much? Or would it change the consistency of the ...
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What type of sausage for bangers and mash?

On a recent trip, I ate at an authentic Irish pub that served the best bangers and mash I've ever had. As there's nowhere around town that regularly serves the dish, I've decided to try my hand at ...
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What is the substitution ratio for mini marshmallows to large marshmallows?

I have a recipe calling for 12 large marshmallows, but I only have minis. How many should I use?
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Is sweetened condensed milk a substitute for evaporated milk?

I have a recipe for Thai Green Curry that calls for evaporated milk, which I don't have. I do have sweetened condensed milk, will that do?
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Can I use brown sugar in No Bake Cookies instead of Granulated Sugar?

Can I use Brown Sugar instead of Granulated Sugar in my No Bake Cookie Recipe?
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Using dark rum instead of white rum

If my recipe calls for white rum and I only have Jamaican rum can I still use the same measurements?
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need to convert US recipe calling for tomato sauce to equivilant in UK

I have a wonderful chili recipe that calls for 16 oz. of tomato sauce and need help finding an equivilant for my dear friend in the UK who wants to make this recipe. Is there a way she could delute a ...
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What's an inexpensive substitute for Port wine?

Is there a good substitute for port? It's for a slow cooked pork loin recipe. I'm not concerned about the alcohol, but I would like to keep the cost down.
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a good substitute for pineapple when cooking a ham

I want to make a Dr. Pepper glazed ham, which calls for pineapple juice. Unfortunately, my child is allergic to pineapple. What can I use to replace the pineapple juice and pineapple bits on the ham?
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How much dry ground ginger do I substitute for fresh grated ginger?

I don't use ginger enough to really justify getting it fresh, so how much of dried ground ginger should I use in recipes that call for fresh grated?
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Egg replacement for fried chicken

I often make fried chicken fingers the traditional way with an egg and milk covered cutlet dredged in seasoned flour, however my girlfriend is now on not only a gluten-free diet, but also a ...
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How to Make Hazelnut Roasted Coffee

I live in Madrid and am about to run out of hazelnut-flavored coffee beans brought over as contraband from the last time we visited the States. I am desperate for my hazelnut-flavored morning fix, but ...
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What can I use to substitute apple juice in a preparation of ribs?

I am using a quick prep of ribs on a UV grill (that doesn't really hold a temp under 300'F; qed, no long slow cooking). I saw one other answer here where the ribs are wrapped in foil and quasi-braised ...
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Substituting Diced Canned Tomatoes for Fresh

The recipe calls for 1.25Lbs of fresh plum tomatoes. They are to be simmered with hydrated whole dried chiles and other seasonings for 20 minutes, then pureed and strained. This time of year it's ...
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Mayonnaise substitute in cake batter

My wife's chicken cake recipe calls for mayonnaise as one of the batter ingredients. In my opinion, mayonnaise is completely unsuitable for high-temperature processing (as in baking), but I was unable ...
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Non-coconut substitute for coconut cream?

I found a recipe for cornbread that I want to try, but it calls for "1 cup Goya coconut cream". Two problems with this: one, I don't have any such creature (I'm not even 100% confident I know what it ...
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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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When can I use coconut oil as a substitution for other fats?

Aside from imparting a different flavour, when baking and cooking can you substitute coconut oil for other oils (including butter) with the same results? I have been reading about the apparent health ...
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How much dried lemon zest to substitute for “zest of one lemon”?

Most recipes that use lemon zest call for "zest of one lemon" or some such amount. To avoid the bother of organic lemons that invariably go bad before I use them and having to fiddle with zesting I'd ...
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How can I replace canned tomatoes with fresh?

I have a tomato sauce recipe that calls for 1 can (28oz) of diced tomatoes (including the liquid). How can I replace the can with fresh tomatoes? I'm not sure if there is a particular type of tomato I ...
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Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or vice versa?

Can coconut cream be transformed into coconut milk, or the other way around? For example, will adding water or cow milk to coconut cream make a usable coconut milk? Or by reducing coconut milk, can I ...
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What would be good substitute for Thyme and Oregano in Chili [closed]

I'm not so good with spices, wanted to know what would be good substitutes for thyme and oregano. I'm not even sure I can pick up the taste that it adds to the chili, but one of my friends was able to ...
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Is cornstarch and AP flour really a good substiture for cake flour?

I was just putting away my cornstarch when I saw this on the label: To make cake flour: For 1 cup cake flour combine 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour with 2 Tbsp. Argo Corn Starch. Of course I ...
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Substitute for Kirsch in Leckerli (Basel Lackerli) cookies?

With the U.S. holiday season soon upon us, I've been anxious to start making my annual batches of Leckerli cookies (a Swiss cookie, flavored with cloves and candied citrus!). However, disaster has ...
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Can I substitute regular dried lemon peel for sweetened dried lemon peel?

I have a recipe for mini lemon-poppy seed bread that calls for purchased sweetened dried lemon peel (3 oz). Can I substitute dried lemon peel since I can't locate the sweetened? The recipe is for Mini ...