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Some of my Common Substitutes

There are a few things that I hardly ever keep in the house, even though I use recipes that call for them on a semi regular basis.  I've collected these over the years and so I know I didn't come up with them on my own, but I don't quite remember where I got them.

I do, however, remember that I love The Cook's Thesaurus online!


I almost always substitute Buttermilk with milk and lemon (place a tablespoon of lemon juice in the measuring cup and then add milk to equal one cup)

I NEVER substitute self rising flour, because as many times as I've tried, it always tastes funny and doesn't work right.

White wine is either purchased in little tiny four packs, or it's subed with chicken stock.

Baking Mix (like Bisquick) is easily replaced with a stash of good recipes.  I don't find that the mixes save much time in regards to pancakes and maybe just a little for biscuits, and other than those two things, why would you use it?  I have made up this recipe and it works if you just happen to need it for something other than pancakes.

Planning for meals is easily subbed with a well stocked freezer.  Please note that it is not a well stocked fridge, but freezer.  I can't tell you how many times I have had a last minute thought in my head ruined because the ingredient was past its prime or previously eaten by a snacking child. Keep the freezer full of meat and frozen veggies and you can whip together a meal in about no time.  I prefer to take out my meat the day before and then scour the fridge and freezer for veggies in the final cooking minutes.

Okay, that's enough of my secrets for one day!  Make sure you drop by tomorrow for the long expected return of Thankful Thursday!!

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