Easy Substitutions for Common Ingredients

April 23, 2014 | By | Comments (1)

kitchen-shelves-food_300Flour? Check. Sugar? Check. Baking powder…? Missing in action. And cardamom? Not a chance.

Maybe you keep limited supplies on hand because you’re only an occasional cook or baker. Maybe you simply don’t have the cabinet space. Or, perhaps, it’s the most likely reason of all: You plumb forgot to restock that missing ingredient when you ran out. But before you fret or make a mid-cake run to the store, consider this: You might be able to use items you already have on hand, thanks to this exhaustive list of ingredient substitutions from our friends at myrecipes.com.

If you’re scraping the bottom of the baking powder canister, try this: for every teaspoon of baking powder you need, use ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cornstarch, and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar. What about cardamom? Equal parts ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg (or clove) will do just fine in a pinch.

Click here to see the complete list of substitutions on myrecipes.com. Want even more kitchen tips and hacks? Here, smart tricks and techniques, fresh from the Real Simple test kitchen.


  1. PigLove

    This is awesome. You know what my mom sometimes uses for a substitute for an egg when making cornbread? A hefty tablespoon of mayo. You can’t tell the difference and it makes the bread so much more yummy. XOXO – Bacon

    April 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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