Plenty of ingredients can be substituted when it comes to cooking, especially if it's a spice you don't have on hand or forgot to buy at the store. Baking is more of an exact science, but even then there are ingredients that can be used in place of what you need to yield the same delicious result. Check out all these incredible substitutions to make your life a little bit easier next time you find yourself in a pickle and without an ingredient you need.
Luckily, ingredients for cooking are usually pretty interchangeable, especially when it comes to seasoning your food. Everyone has different preferences, so it's best to flavor your food with spices you know you like instead of sticking to a recipe. Here are some substitutions for ingredients that aren't as compromising:
When cooking, remember that you can always adjust the recipe to cater to items that you have on hand. For soups, stews, casseroles and stir-frys, usually anything goes, so don't be afraid to experiment by adding or eliminating ingredients the recipe calls for. The best chefs are the ones who go by taste instead of measuring out exact ingredient proportions.
Since baking is more of a science, it can be a little trickier to find substitutions for certain ingredients. If you happen to be missing one of the following ingredients, though, your baked good will not be ruined — guaranteed!
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Even though there are many substitutions for ingredients that will work just fine, it's always best to use the specific ingredient that is called for. To prevent running out of an ingredient or forgetting it, make a detailed meal plan each week. Be specific in your grocery list, and check it over twice to ensure nothing is forgotten. If possible, shop without kids in tow — as they make it much easier to forget everything we need!
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