you only need 1 cup of buttermilk and don't want to buy a whole
carton, pour 1 tablespoon distilled or cider vinegar into a
measuring cup, then add enough milk to make 1 cup. Let stand 5
minutes before using.
If you're out of milk for a recipe and in a
pinch, substitute 1/2 cup whole evaporated milk mixed with 1/2 cup
If you're out of half-and-half, use 1 cup whole
milk and 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter for every cup of
half-and-half called for (this substitution is not suitable for
using in coffee).
Short on an egg for a baking recipe? Substitute
3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon water for a whole
Use an equal amount of whole milk or
half-and-half in place of evaporated milk.
One cup of sour cream or buttermilk may be used
in place of one cup plain yogurt.
If a recipe calls for 1 cup whole milk and all
you have is skim milk, combine 1 cup skim milk with 2 tablespoons
When a recipe calls for Swiss cheese, any of the
following may be used: Emmenthal, Gruyere, Swiss, or French Comte.
When a recipe calls for Cheddar cheese, any of
the following may be used: Colby, Monterey Jack or American.
When a recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, any of
the following may be used: Pecorino Romano, Asiago or Spanish
When a recipe calls for Feta cheese, any of the
following may be used: Italian ricotta salata, Mexican cotija or a
crumbly blue cheese (blue cheese will make the flavor somewhat
When a recipe calls for Muenster cheese, any of
the following may be used: Monterey Jack, Havarti, farmer cheese
Substitute sour cream with an equal amount of
plain yogurt to cut down on calories and fat.
Mascarpone is a mild, creamy cheese used to make
tiramisu. If you can't find or don't have it, blend together 1/2
cup softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream or heavy cream
for every cup of mascarpone called for.