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Substitutes: Out of something? Try this instead!

No lemons or lemon juice?

When your recipe calls for lemons or lemon juice, a lime is an obvious next choice, however… if you don’t even have a lime on hand, try using white wine! That’s right, white wine is a great substitute for lemon juice.

Imitations for Vanilla

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If you are running low on vanilla and need it for that batter recipe, substitute an equal amount of maple syrup instead. You can hardly taste the difference and your recipe will be saved. Whew, close one.

Where’s Pam? Cooking Spray Alternative

Rub the pan or skillet with half of a potato in place of cooking spray to keep your food from sticking.

No Bread Pan? No Problem

A quick bread will bake just fine in a cleaned out coffee can. Be sure to spray the interior with nonstick cooking spray and dust with flour. Might be kind of fun!

Here are some more substitutes:

Sour Cream Stand-In

To make a substitute for 1 cup sour cream, blend 1 cup cottage cheese, 1/3 cup buttermilk and 1 tbsp lemon juice until smooth.

All Spice

For 1 teaspoon allspice, substitute with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves.

Baking Powder

For each 1 teaspoon of baking powder that you need, make a mix of 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar.

Brown Sugar

In need of brown sugar but don’t have? To make 1 cup brown sugar, use 1 cup white sugar plus 1/4 cup molasses.


To make 1 cup buttermilk, use 1 cup yogurt OR you can use 1 cup milk plus 1 tbsp lemon juice.

Corn Syrup

You can use 1 1/4 cup white sugar plus 1/3 cup water in place of 1 cup of corn syrup. You can also use 1 cup of honey in place of 1 cup corn syrup.


To substitute 1 egg, use 1/4 cup silken tofu pureed OR 3 tbsp’s mayo OR half of a mashed banana (and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder mixed together).


In place of 1 cup mayo, try 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup plain yogurt (greek if you’ve got it)

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  • Polishpedia

    I love the potato to replace the pam. I rarely have pam in my kitchen…just forget to buy it but I almost always have potatoes.

    Thank you!

    ~Jocelyn (Nail Artist @ Polishpedia)

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