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Alternatives suggestions to apples and bananas

As you are aware, lots of recipes call for apples, applesauce, bananas but I am severely allergic to them. Do any of you know of alternatives for these healthy alternatives?
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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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Salmon patties with cream cheese?

So, I have this jarred salmon here, caught up in Montana in 2010 I believe, cooked (not sure how) and sealed in a mason jar since. I opened the jar yesterday and tried a bit of the salmon on saltines. ...
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What can I substitute for tomato juice?

I have a daughter who is allergic to tomatoes, but there are so many recipes calling for tomato juice. What can I use to substitute for tomato juice?
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How to find/substitute dry corn with shell removed for stews?

In Cape Verde, this kind of corn is easy to find: dry yellow or white corn kernels. Years ago people had to pound it themselves to remove the shell; nowadays you can buy it at the store without any ...
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Is there a difference between green and spring onions?

I've seen some recipes call for green onions but always use spring onions? Is there a difference between them? Is there a better substitute?
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Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?

Butter is an inevitable ingredient in most of dessert recipes. By definition, ghee is just clarified butter, but to me, the taste is completely different. The taste of butter is more close to heavy ...
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Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for rice wine?

I'd like to cook something that calls for rice wine, but alcohol is prohibited for me. What can I use as a substitute for it?
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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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Can I substitute vodka for rum in tiramisu?

Specifically in this recipe: Tiramisu-II The reason why I'm asking this is I only have vodka at home, and I rarely drink. So I don't want to buy any kind of liquor just for three tablespoons of it. ...
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What can I use instead of swede (rutabaga) when making pickle relish

I want to make a British-style pickle relish at home. I think the best recipes involve swede (rutabaga in the US), because it gives texture and flavour, but isn't overpowering. Unforunately, I can't ...
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What is the equivelant of 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in Organic Vanilla Bean Paste, is it teaspoon for teaspoon?

I would like to start using Vanilla bean paste in some of my recipes. I usually use Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla extract and wondered if the measurement was the same i.e. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract = 1 ...
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What side effects should I expect by replacing cake flour with chickpea flour in all cookie recipes?

Last time I replaced maida with chickpea flour (keeping all other ingredients and their quantities same) in carrot cupcakes. The only difference I noted was in rising. The cupcakes didn't rise much. ...
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Substitute directory?

Whenever I don't have an ingredient I thought I had, or it is not sold around me, I often find myself running to my old cookbooks which have substitutes in the back of the book(s). I don't always ...
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How does substituting Butter for Margarine/Shortening affect the Recipe

I know that Margarine / Shortening are usually softer than butter, but what other differences are there? Can I just melt the butter and call it good or will this effect my final Product? I have seen ...
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How to thin half and half to substitute for milk?

I have a recipe that is for a "Texas-Style Blueberry Cobbler" (site is paywalled) from America's Test Kitchen. The recipe is as follows: 4 tbsp butter in four pieces + 8 tbsp melted & cooled ...
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Is it possible to make a jam-setting gelling agent at home?

Many jam and marmalade recipes call for a gelling agent in order to solidify the fruit-sugar mixture. While some fruits (like apples) may contain enough of a gelling agent (pectin) to solidify ...
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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 the difference between corn flour and corn meal?

I have a recipe that calls for a mix of corn and wheat flours, but my local grocery stores (in the south east US) only carry corn meal. What is the difference between corn flour and corn meal? Can ...
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Can I substitite iodized salt or sea salt instead of kosher salt to fry green tomatoes? [duplicate]

I am frying green tomatoes. The recipe calls for kosher salt. Can I use iodized salt or sea salt instead?
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What can I use as a substitute for hoisin sauce?

Is there anything I can use as a substitute for hoisin sauce that's less salty or even salt-free? This is for a sauce to go with pork steaks.
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Can spaghetti noodles replace lo mein noodles?

Let's say a family member asked me to try cooking lo mein for dinner, but I don't have time to stop by a big enough grocery store to get Asian noodles. I do, however, have spaghetti in the cupboard. ...
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Can you substitute capers for green peppercorn?

Can you substitute capers for green peppercorn? I'm making a sauce for a roast.
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Homemade liquid sweetener from Stevia

I am using Stevia Hermesetas. Can I make liquid sweetener from Stevia powder for diabetic dessert - sweet soup with fruits and jelly? Any requirements during cooking?
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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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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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Substitute for Onion Powder

I live in Europe but use many US recipes. These often call for onion powder which is hard to find here. Diced or minced onion is often not a good alternative and whilst garlic powder is easier to ...
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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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Substitute Cayenne Pepper for Black Pepper

My recipe calls for Black Pepper. I have Cayenne Pepper. What ratio should I use to substitute to get approximatively the same "heat"? I realize that the result won't be quite the same. I am fine ...
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Does Paprika extract actually taste of Paprika?

I'm looking to use paprika extract to flavour a dish, however upon googling it there really is no mention of this extract being used in this context. From what I can see its use is mainly to colour ...
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Can I substitute almond meal for breadcrumbs in meatballs?

I am gluten-free and want to make some turkey meatballs. I was thinking about putting almond meal in the mixture. Would that be okay instead of breadcrumbs? If not what would be a good substitute? I ...
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If a US recipe specifies 'vegetable oil' what type of oil should I use in the UK?

The recipe requires heating the 'vegetable oil' to exactly 375 degrees Fahrenheit with the aid of a candy thermometer. But aren't most oils made from vegetables? Some have a smoke point less than ...
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Substitues for Vegetable Oil -Spread-

A cake recipe of mine calls for ½ cup of Vegetable Oil Spread (Specifically stating 70% fat), which I don't currently have. I found questions that deal with substituting either Butter for Oil, Oil ...
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Why can't whole milk be substituted for cream in caramel sauce?

I learned to make caramel sauce pretty recently and for a while was on a serious sauce-making kick. Anyway, the day after Christmas I went to make a batch and noticed I didn't have any cream. I did a ...
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Reduce butter when not using ground almonds in shortcrust pastry?

I'm using a tart recipe that gives the following quantities for the shortcrust pastry: 185 g plain flour 60 g icing sugar 125 g butter 1 egg yolk 35 ground almonds I found that the almonds don't ...
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Mustard substitute

My husband just found out he's allergic to mustard. Are there any substitutes for it? It's a staples in my kitchen and he loves it. Edit for clarification (was in the original question): Husband ...
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What are the difference between outside and inside skirt steak?

Skirt steak comes in two cuts: outside and inside. While I am sure the difference in cut affects how the meat should be prepared and cooked I am not sure in what ways. A few things I've read about the ...
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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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Use ice cream to make panna cotta?

Is it possible to make panna cotta using ice cream even if not in the traditional sense? Given that ice cream is made with cream, can I just use melted ice cream and gelatin to make panna cotta?
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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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What's the difference between tamari and soy sauce?

If a recipe calls for tamari, can I use plain soy sauce instead? If using one for the other, what effect would it have on a recipe?
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What is sour cream?

What exactly is sour cream and How is it made? also Is there a relationship between 'sour-cream' and 'creme fraiche'?
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Can you make whipped cream with half and half?

Can you make whipped cream with half and half? If you can, what, if anything, do you have to do differently?
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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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Substitute ratio when using butter instead of shortening

How much butter should be used to use as a substitute for 1/2 cup of shortening for a banana nut bread recipe? I don't have any shortening on hand.
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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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I need a substitute for acids in my food.

I can't have any acid in my diet, so I need a good substitute for it for my dishes. Like lemon, orange, citric acids and vinegar. Thank you
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What is ground red pepper?

I have the 75th anniversary edition of Joy of Cooking. I've now come across two recipes that call for "ground red pepper" (enchiladas and a dry rub). I've never heard of ground red pepper before and ...