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

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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 ...
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Lemon dill sauce broke

When making a lemon dill sauce will limited ingredients due to Lenten restrictions, we found the sauce broke after simmering. The sauce was vegetable stock with lemon juice then thickened with a roux ...
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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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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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Substitute yogurt powder for confectioners sugar when making royal icing

When making treats, I try to make them as appealing as possible and like to decorate them. I have been looking for an icing recipe that can be used for decoration that doesn't include sugar. Most of ...
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Chili and bell pepper substitute due to allergies?

I recently learned that I am allergic to ALL forms of pepper except black pepper. Bell peppers, chili peppers, etc. I am allergic to and it makes my throat swell up. I have several recipes using ...
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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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Non-shellfish Shrimp Substitutes?

When I was young, I loved shrimp, crab and lobster. Sometime in my twenties, I started to develop a mild allergic reaction to them (i.e. tingling in the throat), so I have for the past years been ...
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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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How to cook for a diabetic without making the other guests suffer

I'm looking to host a big dinner and want to make it as diabetic friendly as possible. I'm also looking to not make special diabetic friendly dishes that only 1 person gets. I want to make meals that ...
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'Sweet milk' substitute in an old recipe

I have an old pancake recipe (circa 1930) that I would like to try. However it includes as an ingredient "sweet milk." Having never seen such a thing in stores I'm trying to find the best substitute ...
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In this recipe, what is a possible substitute for serrano pepper?

In this recipe, I enjoy the mix of spices: serrano, cilantro, mint, cinnamon... Next time we'll cook it, we won't have serrano available. What could be a substitute for it? Ideally this substitute ...
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Impastata Ricotta for Cannoli

I have been trying to make homemade cannoli filling, but I can not find Impastata Ricotta anywhere. I have tried using regular Ricotta, leaving it to drain in a cheesecloth overnight and then food ...
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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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Can I substitute a beef round rump roast for brisket?

I am making a slow cooker recipe that calls for beef brisket. Unfortunately, my grocery store only had obnoxiously large cuts of brisket so I just grabbed a reasonably sized beef round rump roast. In ...
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Substituting white flour for all-purpose flour (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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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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Can I use Chocolate Chips in place of Semi-sweet baking chocolate?

I don't have baker's semi-sweet chocolate and recipe calls for a box with 8 squares. Can I replace with chocolate chips and if so what would be the ratio?
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Replacement for file powder

File powder isn't sold locally. I know it is made from Sassafras leaves, but I don't recall ever seeing those locally either. What are my options for a something that is more common that I might use ...
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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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UK alternative to corn syrup?

I've noticed that often when using recipes from the US that corn syrup is called for, and I was wondering what the best alternative to it would be to get in the UK? I've heard some people saying that ...
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What is the best way to convert recipes to gluten free, and how much xanthan gum is needed?

I am in the process of converting my boyfriend and myself to a gluten free regimen. I have had a lot of success with gluten free recipes, but I am now wanting to convert my previous recipes to gluten ...
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What can be used as a substitute for tomato sauce in typical italian dishes?

I have a friend that has developed an allergy or sensitivity of some kind to tomato sauce in foods. She has been craving pizza, pasta, and lasagna for a while now and I've been searching for a way to ...
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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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Could I substitute peanut butter in place of butter or crisco for cookies?

In the ever-present attempt to be healthier, I've started using peanut butter in place of crisco to keep the sugars together for my cookie dough snack (sans egg.) How would the same substitute hold ...
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Roasting pan substitute / roasting rack for pork shoulder?

I'm making pork shoulder, slow-roasted in the oven, but I don't have a roasting pan. I have a baking sheet, a glass casserole dish, a large, high-sided cast-iron skillet, and an enameled cast-iron ...
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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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Vegetarian Fish

My wife and I are trying to go vegetarian for a month. We enjoy fish quite a bit. Is there any way to replicate the taste of say salmon, tuna, or cod with vegetarian, or better yet vegan, ...
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Necessary to change chemical leavener for sugar substitution in baking recipe?

If I substitute raw sugar for white sugar, do I need to add more baking soda/less powder to offset any additional acidity raw sugar may contain?
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Substitute for margarine in graham cracker crust

I have a recipe for cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, and the crust recipe calls for melted margarine. I'd like to make the recipe without hydrogenated oils/trans fats. I have butter and a ...
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Difference between Maida and All purpose flour

I'm baking tonight and I'm out of All purpose flour. I'm lazy to run out to the grocery store. Can I replace All purpose flour with Maida (Maida is better known to Asian Indians - we use it for making ...
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Ham and Pea Soup with whole dried peas instead of split peas?

I am making Ham and Split Pea Soup, however I only have whole dried peas. Will the shell on the whole pea make the soup more difficult to digest? Will the shell spoil the flavor? Or is it just adding ...
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What can I substitute for pineapple in punch?

I want to make St. Cecilia's Punch, which calls for 1/2 small pineapple. My friend has a pineapple allergy and I need a suggestions as to what I can replace the pineapple with in this recipe. Any ...
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Can I use granulated sugar instead of demerara sugar

I need demerera sugar for the outside layer of my shortbread cookies. I have none. Will regular granulated sugar work? Will it burn? Note: not actually my question, was posted as a now-deleted answer ...
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Does it matter what kind of sugar is used in baking?

The baking recipes I use specify many kinds of sugar e.g. caster, raw, white, soft etc. Generally, I always just use raw sugar, mainly for convenience. Does it really make a difference?
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Are there low-fat substitutes for shortening in baking?

My husband has just had stints put into his heart and is now on a fat/salt/sugar diet. I do all the cooking and enjoy making things from scratch. I am trying to adjust my recipes for his new diet. ...
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What can I substitute for eggs in a pancake recipe?

I'd like to make pancakes. I have all the other ingredients that I'd normally use (flour, canola oil, sugar, salt, and corn starch) in a pancake mix, but I don't have any eggs. Can I substitute milk, ...
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Why can soda be used as a substitute for eggs when using a boxed cake mix?

When making a cake from a box mix, I see that soda can be used instead of eggs and oil. What is the science behind this, and what are the properties of oil and eggs that the soda is replacing? ...
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What is a substitute for Anaheim Peppers?

I am making a dish that requires Anaheim Peppers. They don't have them in my local store... what else can I use.
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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 if it, and am on a tight budget, I don't want to spend that much just to ...
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Can I add cocoa to chocolate to approximate a higher % of cacao?

I have a recipe that I'd like to make that calls for 3oz of 72% cacao chocolate. I have plenty of 60% cacao chocolate, and I have Hershey's cocoa powder. The recipe is just for brownies, so absolute ...
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Fresh cranberries OR frozen cranberries

I have a recipe that calls for 1 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries mixed with 1 cup of sugar (let stand). Then you add egg whites, orange juice and vanilla. Finally, you fold with whipped cream. Since ...
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Substitute for rooster

There's a Greek dish - kokoras krasatos - that I love and want to make for guests, but I can't for the life of me figure out where to find a rooster. Is anyone able to, short of pointing me in the ...
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Substituting cream of tartar in turkish delights?

I decided that my Sunday project would be trying making some rosewater Turkish Delights... I have all of the ingredients but cream of tartar. What could I substitute it with? Or can I leave it out ...
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What would be an appropriate gluten-free substitute for breadcrumbs?

I would like to make a gluten-free eggplant parmigiana, and there are a couple of ingredients that I realize I will need to substitute. The basic idea is eggplant sliced, dredged in flour, dipped in ...
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Vanilla extract vs. Vanilla powder

What is the difference among the vanilla extract and the powdered vanilla? When I'm making a certain recipe if it required vanilla extract, is it ok to replace it with powder, and what is the ...
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What considerations are there when using powdered or pasteurized eggs in baking cake?

If I am baking cake (from box mix or from scratch) and I don't have any fresh eggs, what must I take into account if I want to use powdered eggs or pasteurized liquid eggs instead? Will this work, and ...
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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 ...
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Can I add unsweetened cocoa to a store-bought white cake mix to make chocolate cake mix?

I know that buying a chocolate cake mix would be the easiest, but there is a white cake mix whose flavor I like...
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Can I substitute whole eggs for egg whites in cake mix?

A box of white cake mix needs three egg whites. If substituting whole eggs for egg whites, how many whole eggs would I use?