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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Save in the kitchen: Ingredient substitutions

Swap out pricey ingredients with cheaper substitutes—you'll save money and no one will be the wiser.
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Keep your grocery bill down with smart substitutions. Find the ingredient you need on this list, then switch it out for the cheaper (but just as tasty) alternative.
  • Red Wine: Pure cranberry juice
  • White wine: White grape juice or apple juice
  • Mascarpone: Cream cheese mixed with a bit of heavy cream
  • Buttermilk (1 cup): 1 cup milk plus 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or white vinegar (let stand for 10 minutes)
  • Crème fraîche (1 cup): ½ cup sour cream mixed with ½ cup heavy cream
  • Edamame: Green peas or black-eyed peas
  • Maple syrup: Brown sugar with a little water
  • Molasses: Honey
  • Cake flour (1 cup): 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • Macadamia nuts: Walnuts, almonds or cashews
  • Fresh herbs (1 Tbsp.): 1 tsp. dried herbs
  • Allspice (1 Tbsp.): 1 tsp. cinnamon plus 1 tsp. nutmeg plus 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • Unsweetened chocolate (1 oz.): 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Vanilla bean (1 inch long): 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Chives: Scallion greens
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: Boneless, skinless chicken thighs