Thursday, June 18, 2009

Cheap Substitutes

Sometimes when I am cooking I am frustrated by the items required in the recipe because I don't have them in my own cupboard. Oftentimes this is because that particular item is overpriced or its a convenience item loaded with preservatives and I refuse to pay for it. Othertimes its just not a normal thing to have in our house, like lemon curd or maybe buttermilk. Here I plan to keep a running list of "Substitutes" or "clones" for common items required in your recipe books...

Evaporated Milk
Reconstitute dried milk with only 40% of the water required on the package.

Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup + 2 tbsp nonfat dry milk powder
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
Heat on low heat until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before adding to most recipes.

1 TBS of vinegar or lemon juice
1 cup milk
Set aside for 5 minutes, stir, then use as buttermilk in the recipe.

Self Rising Flour Recipe
To each cup of flour add:
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Mix well and use right away.

Never Fail Pie Crust
3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, beaten
5 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon vinegar

Cut together flour, shortening and salt until it resembles small peas. Combine the egg, water and vinegar and gradually add to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened and a soft dough forms. Divide into two equally-sized balls. Wrap individually and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll out and use with your favorite pie recipe!

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