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

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Is there a vegetarian gelatin substitute that is as strong as gelatin?

I've made several mold (shaped) desserts with both gelatin and gelatin substitutes, and the substitutes have always failed to hold the shape of fully domed chocolate molds and the like. Are there any ...
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Are there any substitutes for squash puree?

I am trying to make a recipe that calls for squash puree. Unfortunately, I am unable to find any in stores. Is there a good substitute?
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How do I use Cacao Nibs in the chocolate making recipe

The chocolate making recipes usually say Cacao powder and Cacao butter. What if I have nibs? I can process/blitz them, but do I substitute the nibs for powder, butter or both? What is the ...
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Substitute for arborio risotto rice?

What are the best substitutes for arborio risotto rice? And how about when your only choices are all the local shops have: pearl barley, or 'brown rice with barley and spelt blend'? For the first ...
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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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What is a good substitute for oyster sauce (for someone with a shellfish allergy)?

I've recently developed a shellfish allergy, and I'm not sure what the best substitute for oyster sauce would be. I've read that the flavor of it is not really easily substitutable. What is the best ...
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What is the ratio of curing salt versus table salt in a recipe?

My soppressatta recipe calls for 2.50 lbs. of table salt for every 100 lbs. of meat. How much curing salt would I use in place of table salt?
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Substitute for sesame oil?

An Asian recipe I'm trying calls for sesame oil. However, the only bottle I found is $6, and since I'm only using a tablespoon of it, and am on a tight budget, I don't want to spend that much just to ...
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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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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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Substituting almond milk for regular milk in coffee without bitterness

I've tasted my local coffee shop's specialty coffee in which they substitute homemade almond milk for regular milk, and it tastes creamy and smooth. No bitterness. When I try to recreate this with ...
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What is a good subsitute for Mirliton (aka Chayote)?

My daughter wants to cook a recipe that she found in a cookbook. The main ingredient is Mirlitons, but I don't think I'm going to be able to find them where I live. I've never had them myself, so I ...
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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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Easy Oven Cleaning - No products

The manual for my oven states that only warm water should be used for cleaning. I've followed this so far but it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep the oven in a respectable condition. Does ...
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Difference between old fashioned and quick oats?

What are the difference between old fashioned and quick oats? Are they nutritionally different? Can they be substituted for one another in recipes?
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can I substitute greek yogurt for sour cream for a topping for baked cheesecake?

can I substitute greek yogurt for sour cream for the topping on a baked cheesecake?
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Substitute Sherry for Wine in Sour dough cookies?

Can I substitute Sherry for Wine in my sour dough molasses cookies? Wondering if the Sherry might have a different effect on the fermentation of my dough.
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Can I use low fat greek yogurt to substitute mayo in sauce that is going to be heated up (broiled)?

I'm planning on making like a crab dynamite crusted salmon. Usually, the dynamite sauce is made with kewpie mayo or regular mayo. I try to stay away from mayo, so I thought about subbing the mayo for ...
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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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Substituting for Candlenuts in Indonesian Food

Indonesian cuisine relies heavily on candlenuts as a base and thickener for spice pastes which are the foundation of the cuisine. This includes many of the various rendangs and sambals, such as ...
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What are sugar-free sweets actually made from?

I was eating a sugar-free "Polo mint" the other day and the question popped into my mind "So, if this isn't sugar.... what is it??" I understand they use an artificial sweetener (Sorbitol), and ...
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what is the best vegan substitute for lard?

I am attempting to re-create a heart-of-palm torte I had while in Brazil and while it is pretty simple, I am having difficulty finding a vegan substitute for the lard that will still make the crust ...
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Is there a way to make jam or chutney without Gelatin / Pectin?

I was wondering if there is a way to make jam without going through a gelatin type product. There is no real motive behind that question, except for curiosity
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Substitute for dry milk powder

My recipe,for dog biscuits,calls for pumpkin, rice flour, and 2 tablespoons dry milk powder. I have no milk powder, what can I use instead?
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Substitutes for wheat flour and their challenges in baking

What are the flours that can be substituted for wheat flour in baking, specifically for breads, pastries and cakes? I found a few here: Top 10 alternatives to wheat What sort of challenges have you, ...
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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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Making Tamales using a corn meal alternative

What can I use to make tamales other than corn meal? My son is allergic to corn.
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What “actually” tastes (and cooks) like chicken?

I have been allergic to chicken my entire life, and I am looking for a chicken substitute for a variety of recipes. Of course I've heard the old saying that "everything tastes like chicken", but I ...
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What are the tradeoffs replacing sucrose / table sugar with pure granulater dextrose / glucose?

All, I'm researching a substitute for fructose-bearing table sugar. Glucose is potentially interesting from a health standpoint. Glucose is only 70% as sweet as table sugar (sucrose) which is a mix ...
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What is a substitute for corn syrup in boiled icing?

What can I use to substitute corn syrup in a recipe for boiled icing?
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yeast substitutes and proper measurements

I was wondering if I could get some advice as I have intolerances to yeast and have heard of a few substitutions from: baking soda, baking powder, lemon juice, milk and yogurt. The question comes to ...
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How to convert a chocolate fudge frosting recipe to white chocolate?

I love the Betty Crocker recipe for fudge frosting! My problem? I really need a white chocolate instead of a cocoa frosting and have no idea how to substitute white chocolate for the 2tbsp cocoa the ...
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Will swapping the red wine in my spaghetti bolognese with port wreck the dish?

We were out of red wine when cooking spaghetti bolognese today, but eyed off the port as a possible substitute. We decided against it but were left wondering. I imagine you'd have to halve the ...
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How much fresh potato to substitute for instant potato flakes when baking?

I would like to bake hamburger buns from a recipe that calls for instant potato flakes, only I can't find instant potato flakes. This is the original recipe: 1 cup lukewarm water 1/3 cup (3/4 ...
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substituting black treacle/molasses for brown sugar

I would like to replace some of the brown sugar in a dark fruit cake recipe with black treacle (similar to molasses I believe), as I like the rich taste and think it will add to the moistness of the ...
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Is it possible to make evaporated milk using powdered milk?

I have read a related question about how to make evaporated milk, but the answer specifies that homogenized milk must be used. I was wondering if its possible to speed up the process by using powdered ...
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Substitute for Calvados, reduced cider?

I am interested in making America's Test Kitchen's French Apple Cake. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of Calvados. Oh for heaven's sake, that's the worst case of 1/4 cup of squab stock syndrome I've ...
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Is it ok to use sour cream as substitute of sour yogurt?

I've seen many recipes that use sour yogurt as a main ingredient, but I've been unable to find sour yogurt where I live, and I wonder if it's ok to use sour cream instead of sour yogurt. I know ...
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Egg replacer for bread dough?

I've been reading (most) questions and answers (here) about baking bread (which I love) and how to replace eggs in many recipes (which I wish I didn't need). Turns out, I too have egg allergy (not too ...
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How can I make this antique ginger wine recipe using ingredients available today?

I have this old family ginger wine recipe, but some of the ingredients are hard to find or may not exist any more... Essence of Ginger 12mls Tincture of Capsicum 9mls Essence of Lemon 5mls ...
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What would be a good substitution for powdered milk in cereal cookies?

In a TV show, a recipe was used that its main ingredient was corn flakes. I don't know if it has a name but it calls for caster sugar, butter, corn flakes and milk powder. It's called Cornflake ...
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What can replace milk in crepes?

I want to make crepes, but I am out of milk. Can I still make crepes? What can replace milk in this application? I do have yogurt, beer, eggs, cream, butter, flour, salt, and sugar.
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Can I convert this cocoa frosting to a coffee frosting instead?

Our family's go-to recipe for celebration cakes is a hazelnut torte with a semi-sweet, cocoa-based chocolate frosting. The torte is completely flourless, and pretty sweet (gotta get structure from ...
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Which type of flour would be better to use in this case?

I have 450g whole wheat white flour and I would like to bake a bread which needs 500g. I have also different types of flour, corn and barley flour, Which one to use for that 50g shortage of flour? ...
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Subsitutions for Monterey Jack cheese in the UK

At one point in the US I had some Monterey Jack cheese which was tangy and yummy and delicious. Here in the UK they also sell cheese labelled "Monterey Jack" but it is bland and tasteless and ...
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Replace cornflour in soup

I used to add cornflour in my chicken sweetcorn soup or chicken and noodle soup for a thicker consistency. But then I stopped using it completely after watching some show on TV that recommended not ...
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How to veganize and improve this cake recipe?

I have the Build-a-bear cake pan from Williams-Sonoma. The cake recipe is as follows: 3 cups (470g) all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp salt 16 tbs (250g) unsalted butter 2 cups (500g) ...
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What should I look for in an alternative to crème fraîche?

I have lots of great recipes that call for crème fraîche, but for some reason, it's very difficult to find it in my neighborhood. I hear that sour cream is an acceptable substitute. However, in my ...
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Can I substitute baking soda for kansui powder?

Related: What does kansui do to dough in noodle making? I'm looking to make my own 拉面-style noodles. I've read up a lot about kansui and making your own kansui with a powder mix of sodium and ...
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Chinese alternative to Olive Oil?

I'm actually in china and here olive oil is expensive and difficult to be found. I need it to fry slightly onion/garlic for ex. to prepare tomato sauce. What can I use as alternative?