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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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Substitute for coconut in macaroons

Looking over several chocolate macaroon recipes, several of them use coconut in conspicuous amounts (such as this one or this one). What is an appropriate substitute for dried coconut here? It seems ...
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What can be substituted for cocoa nibs?

I have read here that cocoa nibs can be used in place of chocolate chips, but what about the other way around? A recipe I want to try calls for cocoa nibs, but I am having a hard time finding them. ...
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A substitute for jaggery

What can I use to substitute for jaggery in curries or dals? I've tried white and brown sugar, raw and polished, but there's still some vital taste component missing. Is there a way to simulate that ...
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Milk substitute for ice cream and others

I'm thinking of reducing my dairy intake. For ice cream, I'm thinking of using a milk substitute and wondering what works well. I'm thinking of: starch sources for a "roux" like concoction: potato: ...
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Thinned yogurt instead of milk

A tortilla bread recipe calls for 3/4 cup milk, is it okay to use yogurt which is thinned by water? Flour 2 cups Baking powder 1 and 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Oil 2 tbsp Warm milk 3/4 cup ...
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Substitute apricot with some other fruit in this Sunny-Side-Up Apricot Pastries recipe

This recipe (scroll down to the bottom of the page) calls for apricot to use on the topping of the pastries. What fruit do you recommend to use that will be as good, along with its jam for the glaze? ...
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Baking or Cooking - why orange and not other sweet citrus fruit?

In most of the recipes that have any sweet citrus flavoring, it is usually Orange (zest and juice). In fact I've hardly seen a recipe that uses a substitute like mandarin, grapefruit, etc. Is there a ...
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Egg substitution in Indian meatball recipe

I am cooking for a dinner party in a couple of days and one of the friends is allergic to egg but the 2 recipes I found and like ask for eggs. The recipe that mum uses also asks for eggs to bind the ...
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Can I make meringues with commercial egg whites?

I want to make a bunch of meringue cookies, but I don't want to waste a bunch of eggs. If I buy something like Egg Beaters Whites, would that work?
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Can I make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream?

I want to make a béchamel sauce with coconut cream instead of milk. Does anybody have a guess whether this will work?
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What alternative gelling agents can I use for jam and marmalade?

Rather than using natural pectin from the fruit being used or added pectin I am looking for an alternative setting/gelling agent that will enable me to get more jam from my two principle ingredients ...
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How can I get hash browns to bind without using egg?

I don't want to add egg to bind hash browns. What is the best way to bind hash brown without the eggs? My first thoughts are should I still grate the potato, or boil first to soften to enable them to ...
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Why can applesauce be used in place of oil?

In many recipes, mostly desserts, it is suggested that you can substitute oil with applesauce to reduce the fat content. But why applesauce? Is there something special about applesauce or are there ...
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Substituting white flour for maida in making Indian samosas

Indian recipes call for using Maida or All-purpose flour in making samosa. Disregarding for a second the difference between the two (as discussed in here - Difference between Maida and All purpose ...
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How to create a muffin recipe

I would like to experiment more with muffin recipes, but I don't want to stray too far and end up with inedible product. Are there basic parameters I should follow in creating my own muffin recipe? ...
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What difference does it make if I substitute low-fat milk for water in bread recipes?

I'd like to know whether is it possible to always substitute milk with water (or the other way around) in bread recipes and what difference does it make? For example, in the following recipe that I ...
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Adding/substituting non-flour ingredients in bread

I have a basic bread recipe that works well in my automatic breadmaker. The recipe is: 1 & 7/8 cup water 5 cups whole wheat flour 3 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp dry milk 2 tsp salt 4 tbsp vital wheat ...
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Other than gelatin what makes gummy bears chewy?

From previous experiences, every time I try to make gummy bears they are more springy than chewy like gummies are supposed to be. I have been wondering, other than gelatin, what makes gummy bears ...
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What is a yeast cake?

Kids and I are reading a book written in the 50's, and there's a recipe in the book that uses one "yeast cake"? What is a suitable replacement in dry yeast? The rest of the recipe (this is from ...
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Is there any substitute for saltpeter / sodium nitrate in corned beef brine?

I realize there is another question about corned beef from scratch, but the answers don't really cover my question. Many recipes for making your own corned beef still refer to the use of saltpeter ...
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Shortening substitutes for pan greasing

An answer to a question of mine suggests that a non-stick (bundt) pan plus the cake release will be enough. The suggested formula is 1 part vegetable oil, 1 part shortening and 1 part flour I ...
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What's a good substitute of onion for someone with an onion allergy?

I am an Allium lover with a strong allergy to all Alliums. It is technically a sensitivity as it isn't an instant reaction, but spending an hour in the bathroom because of one stray piece of red onion ...
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What substitution can I make for blonde cane sugar in macaroons?

I've found a beautiful (and simple!) looking recipe for coconut lime macaroons but it calls for blond cane sugar, which I haven't seen in any of my local supermarkets in the UK, nor have I ever used ...
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Is there an alternative to spreading flour when rolling the dough?

Today, when I was rolling the dough for my Podpłomyk, I noticed that I actually need to use quite a lot of flour to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin and the board. Is there a way ...
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Sherry Wine vs Sherry Vinegar

Is sherry wine the same as sherry vinegar? My recipe calls for sherry vinegar and I currently have sherry cooking wine. Can I use it?
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Tabasco flavor without pain?

I love the strong flavor of buffalo wings, Tabasco, etc. Are capsaicinoids integral to this flavor, or can the "heat" be removed. I guess I'm not a fan of my mouth burning for considerable periods ...
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Is there a substitute for port wine in a dessert risotto?

I am looking for a substitute for port wine in a "dessert risotto" that I would like to make. It's not that I'm worried about the alcohol (I would actually prefer to use the port), I just can't ...
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Can sunflower or coconut oil be substituted for vegetable shortening in cake icing?

I was reading this recipe for cake icing and was wondering what would happen if I substituted sunflower oil or coconut oil (which is thicker and may better model the texture of the shortening) for ...
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Is white vinegar the same as White Wine vinegar?

Is white vinegar, aka the stuff just labelled as "vinegar" in the US and which I use for cleaning my kettle, the same as "White wine vinegar", which I have purchased on accident a time or two? If not, ...
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Substituting honey for sugar in bread

I want to make one of my favorite white bread sandwich loaves, but I'm out of sugar. What I do have is honey. How much honey should I use to replace 3 Tbs of granulated sugar? How much should I reduce ...
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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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What can I use instead of annatto?

Annatto is a common spice in Mexican cookery, especially in the Yucatan. However, like many Mexican ingredients, it's hard to find in Europe. What can I use as a substitute to give the same colour and ...
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Crockpot recipes using soda pop

Can diet soda be substituted for regular soda in recipes such as BBQ ribs, pork roasts, etc? I do not know if different results will occur when heating diet pop for any length of time. I do know ...
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Some minor changes in recipe: Is it okay to use carrot marmalade instead of orange?

A recipe (Florentine Lace Cookies) calls for the following ingredients: 2 cups slivered almonds 3/4 cup heavy cream 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) ...
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What is a good vegetarian source of umami flavour?

I'm looking for a source of the umami flavour to add to various dishes. However, since I became vegetarian I can't think of a good source for the flavour. I used to use Worcestershire sauce, or Nam ...
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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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Why do bread companies add sugar to bread? [duplicate]

I have a client who is on a sugar detox/diet. She can't eat any bread because all the bread companies added sugar. Why do bread companies add sugar to their breads?
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Using cueritos (Pork Rinds) for ground beef

Can I use cueritos as my fat to make burger? I usually use pork fat but my butcher was out today so I bought 2 pounds of this delicious stuff.
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Can I use cottage cheese instead of cream cheese when making a cheesecake?

If I can, would there be any difference in the measurements? For example if the recipe calls for 8 ounces of cream cheese, would it be the same amount of cottage?
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What’s a good alternative to rice wine vinegar?

I find it difficult to source rice wine vinegar for recipes. I can usually find “rice vinegar“, “rice wine”, and “white wine vinegar”, but not specifically “rice wine vinegar”. Can I use any of the ...
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Could coconut cream be used to create a non-dairy ganache for whipping?

A few days ago I made a batch of profiteroles and éclairs, with a minor twist: For half the profiteroles, instead of chantilly cream I used a whipped ganache made from about 2 parts dark or ...
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What can be substitution of maple syrup for pancakes? [closed]

I live in India and maple syrup isn't available in my town. I don't like honey over my pancakes. What could be the substitutes ? I think sweetened cream would be good. Also, having it with ice cream ...
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How can I make cookies without any sugar?

I'd like to try making some sugar-free cookies, which means no refined or "natural" sugar (honey, came syrup, etc.). I'll be trying to use stevia instead. The obvious problem is that sugar is very ...
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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Fresh blueberries vs dried blueberries in a cookie recipe

Can fresh blueberries be used instead of dried blueberries for baking cookies? This is for a cookie recipe that calls for 1/2 cup dried blueberries.
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Is it okay to use aluminium foil instead of parchment paper while baking cookies?

I don't have access to parchment paper or even butter paper for that matter. I just read on a website that it'd be okay to use aluminium foil as long as I apply a coating of grease on it. And also ...
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Does Splenda caramelize?

Hey y'all - do any of you know if splenda caramelizes and melts like regular sugar? My parents are doing a low-carb, low-sugar diet and I'd love to surprise them with some diet-friendly hard candies. ...
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Can I always use butter instead of margarine when baking?

Some recipes says use butter or margarine, some say use butter and some say use margarine. My question is, can I always use butter or does margarine have some property that butter doesn't when baking? ...
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How would I susbtitute fresh spinach for frozen?

I have many recipes that call for frozen spinach but only have fresh spinach on hand. Suppose I have a recipe that calls for, say a 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach with the water squeezed ...