Substituting Ingredients in the Kitchen

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We’ve all been there, in the middle of cooking dinner, you’ve found that you are missing a key ingredient. What do you do? You substitute the ingredient. Easier said than done unless you have a super-dandy book like Substituting Ingredients, 4E: The A to Z Kitchen Reference. This reference guide is great for looking up ingredients that you simply don’t have or even substituting an ingredient you don’t like. You can also substitute ingredients if the recipe calls for something you can’t afford. I never, ever thought of that before.

So, the week that I received this book was perfect. I was baking cookies that required baking soda. Unfortunately, I had thrown mine out. I had cleaned out all of may spices and baking items that were expired the previous week. Argh! So, I went across the street to my neighbor’s house. She let me borrow an unopened can of baking powder. Yes! Except that it was dated 1988!!!!! Needless to say, it was no longer active, I know because I checked. If Baking Powder doesn’t bubble in hot water then it isn’t active. 23 year old baking powder was way too expired. Then I remembered, I had the Substituting Ingredients book in my office.

The book is easy to navigate, in alphabetical order. I found Baking Powder and 4 different ways to substitute! Who knew there were so many options?! I went with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.  My recipe was saved and I didn’t have to run out to the store to buy baking soda!! So, needless to say, I love this book and have referenced it many times already.

Besides ingredients to substitute, this book details how to fix a kitchen disaster when you added too much or too little to a recipe (I’ve been there too!) as well as some great household formulas for things like drain freshener, carpet deodorizer, floor cleaner, hard water deposit remover, and even stain removers of all kinds. Every household NEEDS his reference guide to save time, money, and 1/2 made recipes!

Win Substituting Ingredients (Closed)

Sourcebooks is giving 3 lucky winners the chance to win your own Substituting Ingredients Book.

Updated: 2-3-11 Winners announced: Nancy, Tarah, and Cassie

Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on February 1, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!

This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to who provided the products for review & giveaway.

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127 thoughts on “Substituting Ingredients in the Kitchen

  1. Elle says:

    So who won? I am not seeing any names listed. Thought they were to be in the body of the post? Or did I read that wrong? What am I missing?

  2. Michelle H. says:

    I learned that this book will help you find ingredients that are more affordable than the ones listed in a recipe, in case you happen to be on a budget.

  3. Stacy says:

    I am always messing up recipes so I think the fact that it shows Strategies to remedy too much or too little of an ingredient is awesome!

  4. Bev says:

    I learned that when you use dried herbs to crush them first in the palm of you hand to release the flavors.

  5. susan smoaks says:

    i learned that:

    this handy little pocket-sized paperback by Becky Sue Epstein is a great reference book to keep in your kitchen, whether your developing recipes for your blog or just cooking for the family.

  6. Norma says:

    you can substitute cloves for Allspice – which is great because I always have cloves and never have allspice

  7. Jenn S. says:

    I learned that it also has the best ways to measure fruits and vegetables for recipes and that it is a pretty big book at 208 pages.

  8. Deb K says:

    I learned that “when you substitute an ingredient, you often end up with new recipes and new flavor profiles”


  9. Cathy W says:

    I learned that “when you substitute an ingredient, you often end up with new recipes and new flavor profiles”

  10. Sara says:

    I’m interested in finding out what their green cleaners are. I also like the suggestion of substituting turmeric for saffron. Sounds like this book would be a life saver and a money saver!

  11. Mary M says:

    I learned that Source books has a passion for books. I think the book, “Substituting Ingredients in the Kitchen”, would be a handy reference book for me.

  12. Kristen says:

    Love the idea of this book! I know some by heart, but an easy reference would take out any of the guesswork!

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