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These are handy for when you need to cook something, but lack the necessary ingredients. Look up the needed ingredient below, and do what it says to do, and your Crème Brûlée might be ready in time for for dinner yet!



Allspice 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Apple Pie Spice 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/8 tsp. cardamom
Arrowroot 1 1/2 tsp. ⇒ 1 Tbls. flour or 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch
Baking Powder 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/3 tsp. baking soda and 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Bay Leaf 1 whole ⇒ 1/4 tsp. crushed
Bread 1 slice ⇒ dry 1/3 cup dry bread crumbs or 1 slice soft 3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
Broth, Beef or Chicken 1 cup ⇒ 1 appropriate bouillon cube disolved in 1 cup boiling water
Butter 1 cup ⇒ 7/8 cup lard plus 1/2 tsp. salt or 7/8 cup cooking oil plus 1/2 tsp salt
Buttermilk 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup milk plus 1 Tbls. white vinegar or lemon juice or 1 cup milk plus 1 3/4 tsp. cream of tartar
Chives, chopped 2 tsp. ⇒ 2 tsp. green onion tops, finely chopped
Chocolate Chips 1 oz. ⇒ 1 ounce sweet cooking chocolate
Chocolate, unsweetened 1 oz. or square ⇒ 3 Tbls. cocoa plus 1 Tbls. fat
Cocoa 1/4 cup ⇒ 1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate (decrease oil in recipe by 1/2 Tbls.)
Coconut Cream 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup whipping cream
Coconut Milk 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup whole milk
Corn 1 doz. ears ⇒ 2 1/2 cup cooked corn
Cornmeal, self-rising 1 cup ⇒ 7/8 cup plain, 1 1/2 Tbls. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt
Corn Syrup 1 cup ⇒ 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar and 1/3 cup water or 7/8 cup honey (baked goods may brown more)
Corn Syrup, dark, 1 cup ⇒ 3/4 cup light corn syrup and 1/4 cup light molasses
Cornstarch 1 Tbls. ⇒ 2 Tbls. all purpose flour or 2 Tbls. granular tapioca
Cracker Crumbs 3/4 cup ⇒ 1 cup dry bread crumbs
Cream Cheese 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup ricotta chese or cottage cheese beaten until smooth
Cream, heavy, 1 cup ⇒ 3/4 cup milk and 1/3 cup butter or margerine (if used for baking) or 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
Cream, light, 1 cup ⇒ 3/4 cup milk and 3 Tbls. butter or margerine (if used for baking) or 1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
Cream, Whipped ⇒ Chill a 13 ounce can of evaprated milk until ice crystals form. Add 1 tsp. lemon juice. Whip until stiff.
Dates 1 lb. ⇒ 2 1/2 cup pitted
Dill Plant, fresh or dried, 3 heads ⇒ 1 Tbls. dill weed
Egg, whole, uncooked 1 large ⇒ 2 1/2 Tbls. sifted, dry whole egg powder and 2 1/2 Tbls. lukewarm water or 2 yolks and 1 tbls. water (for cookies) or 2 yolks (in custards, cream fillings, etc.)
Egg White 1 large ⇒ 2 tsp. thawed frozen egg whites or 2 tbls. sifted, dry egg white powder and 2 Tbls. warm water or 1 cup 8 large egg whites
Egg Yolk 1 yolk ⇒ 3 1/2 Tbls. thawed frozen egg yolk or 2 Tbls. sifted, dried egg yolk
Flour, for thickening, 1 Tbls. ⇒ 1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch or 1 Tbls. granular tapioca or 1 Tbls. waxy rice flour or 2 Tbls. browned flour or 1 1/2 Tbls. whole wheat flour or 1 Tbls. quick-cooking tapioca
Flour, All-Purpose 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup rolled oats, crushed or 1/2 cup cornmeal, bran, or rice flour and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour or 1 cup rye or rice flour or 1/4 cup soybean flour and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour or 1 lb. 4 cups sifted or 3 1/3 cups unsifted
Flour, for cake, 1 cup sifted ⇒ 1 cup minus 2 tsp. all-purpose flour, sifted
Flour, self-rising, 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup minus 2 tsp. all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. salt
Fruit, fresh, cut up, 1 1/2 cups ⇒ 16 ounce can, drained
Garlic 1 clove ⇒ 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
Garlic Salt 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/8 tsp. garlic powder and 7/8 tsp. salt
Gelatin, flavored, 3 oz. ⇒ 1 Tbls. plain gelatin and 2 cup fruit juice
Ginger 1/8 tsp. ⇒ 1 tsp. candied ginger, rinsed in water to remove sugar, then finely cut or 1/2 tsp. ground mace plus 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel or 1 Tbls. raw ginger
Honey 1 cup ⇒ 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water
Horseradish 1 Tbls. ⇒ 2 Tbls. bottled fresh
Ketchup 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup tomato sauce 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 Tbls. vinegar plus 1/4 tsp. ground cloves.
Lemon Juice 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
Lemon Peel, dried, 1 tsp. ⇒ 1 to 2 tsp. fresh grated or 1/2 tsp. lemon extract
Lemon 1 medium ⇒ 3 tbsp. juice and 1 1/2 tsp rind
Lime 1 med. ⇒ 1 1/2 to 2 Tbls. juice
Maple Sugar, grated and packed, 1/2 cup ⇒ 1 cup maple syrup or 1/2 cup sugar
Marshmallows, mini 1 cup ⇒ 8-10 regular
Mayonnaise, for salad dressings, 1 cup ⇒ 1/2 cup plain yogurt and 1/2 cup mayonnaise or 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup cottage cheese, pureed
Milk, skim 1 cup ⇒ 4 to 5 Tbls. non-fat dry milk powder and enough water to make 1 cup or 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water
Milk, sweetened, condensed, 1 can ⇒ Heat the following until butter melts and sugar is disolved: 1/3 cup + 2 Tbls. evaporated milk, 1 cup sugar, and 3 Tbls. butter. Add 1 cup + 2 Tbls. dry milk to 1/2 cup warm water. Add 3/4 cup sugar and 3 Tbls. melted butter. Stir until smooth.
Milk, whole 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup reconstituted non-fat dried milk abd 2 Tbls. melted butter or 1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2 cup water or 4 Tbls whole dry milk and 1 cup water (for use in baking)
Mushrooms, Fresh 1 Lb. ⇒ 2 to 3 cups whole or 5 cups sliced or (1) 10 oz. can
Mushrooms, Canned 4 oz. ⇒ 2 cups sliced fresh or 6 Tbls. whole dried mushrooms
Mustard, Dry 1 tsp. ⇒ 1 Tbls. prepared mustard
Onion, Fresh 1 small ⇒ rehydrate 1 Tbls. instant minced onion
Onion Powder 1 Tbls. ⇒ 1 medium onion, chopped or 4 Tbls. fresh chopped onion
Onions 1 Lb. ⇒ 3 large onions or 2 to 2 1/2 cup chopped
Orange Peel, Dried 1 Tbls. ⇒ 2 to 3 Tbls. grated fresh orange peel or grated peel of 1 med. orange or 2 tsp. 1 tsp. orange extract
Parsley, Dried 1 tsp. ⇒ 3 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
Peppers, green bell 1 Tbls. ⇒ dried 3 Tbls. fresh green pepper, chopped
Peppers, red bell 1 Tbls. ⇒ dried 3 Tbls. fresh red pepper, chopped or 2 Tbls. chopped pimento
Peppermint, dried 1 Tbls. ⇒ 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
Pimento 2 Tbls. ⇒ 1 Tbls. dried red bell pepper, rehydrated or 3 Tbls. fresh red bell pepper, chopped
Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 tsp. ⇒ 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/8 tsp. allspice, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Rice, cooked 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup cooked bulgur whea or 1 cup cooked pearl barley
Shortening, Melted 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup cooking oil
Shortening, Solid 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup minus 2 Tbls. lard or 1 1/8 cup butter (decrease salt in recipe by 1/2 tsp.)
Sour Cream 1 cup ⇒ 3/4 cup buttermilk and 1/3 cup butter/margerine or 1 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 tsp. lemon juice, and 1/3 cup butter/margerine
Spearmint, dried, 1 Tbls. ⇒ 1/4 cup fresh chopped mint
Sugar, brown 1 cup packed ⇒ 1 cup granular sugar
Sugar, powdered 1 Lb. ⇒ 2 3/4 cups
Sugar, granulated 1 Lb. ⇒ 2 1/4 cups or 1 tsp. 1/8 tsp. non-caloric sweetener solution or 1 cup 1 1/2 cup corn syrup (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/4 cup) or 1 1/3 cup molasses (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/3 cup) or 1 cup powdered sugar or 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed or 3/4 cup honey (decrease liquid in recipe by 1/4 cup; for each cup of honey used, add 1/2 tsp. baking soda)
Tapioca, granular 1 Tbls. ⇒ 2 Tbls. pearl tapioca
Tomatoes, canned 1 cup ⇒ 1/2 cup tomato sauce plus 1/2 cup water, 1 1/3 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, simmered
Tomato Juice 1 cup ⇒ 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/2 cup water
Wine 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup apple juice or 1 cup chicken broth or 13 Tbls. water, 3 Tbls. lemon juice and 1 Tbls. sugar
Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp. ⇒ 1 tsp. bottled steak sauce
Yeast 1 cake (3/5 oz.) ⇒ 1 package active dried yeast
Yogurt, plain, 1 cup ⇒ 1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup cottage cheese, pureed or 1 cup sour cream


Fine Print: Using more than one or two of these in any given recipe will probably make the final result inedible. You have been warned. Also, note that many of these are from the internet (available in many places, not copyrighted) and have not been personally tested. This writeup grants no guarantee, written or implied, that they will work perfectly, or at all ;-)

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