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Smart Substitutions: Dairy

  1. AK Home Cooking SolutionsIf 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.

  2. 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 water.

  3. 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).

  4. Short on an egg for a baking recipe? Substitute 3 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon water for a whole large egg.

  5. Use an equal amount of whole milk or half-and-half in place of evaporated milk.

  6. One cup of sour cream or buttermilk may be used in place of one cup plain yogurt.

  7. If a recipe calls for 1 cup whole milk and all you have is skim milk, combine 1 cup skim milk with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

  8. When a recipe calls for Swiss cheese, any of the following may be used: Emmenthal, Gruyere, Swiss, or French Comte.

  9. When a recipe calls for Cheddar cheese, any of the following may be used: Colby, Monterey Jack or American.

  10. When a recipe calls for Parmesan cheese, any of the following may be used: Pecorino Romano, Asiago or Spanish Manchego.

  11. 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 more pungent).

  12. When a recipe calls for Muenster cheese, any of the following may be used: Monterey Jack, Havarti, farmer cheese or Provolone.

  13. Substitute sour cream with an equal amount of plain yogurt to cut down on calories and fat.

  14. 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.

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