While the country is starting to slowly open, the danger from COVID-19 still has not passed until a vaccine can truly protect us. If you’re trying to avoid unnecessary outings to shop for groceries and use staples of what you have on hand, here are some handy recipe ingredient swaps that can help you in a pinch when you run out.
I usually make a pot of homemade soup stock instead of the commercial packaged variety of broth. Sometimes, I also keep a box of broth in my pantry for emergencies. For those times when I don’t have time to make any soup or run out of the prepacked broth for my recipe, I found that adding the same amount of boiling water along with some white wine, soy sauce, beer or throwing in a bouillon cube helps flavor it up.
Bread crumbs are another ingredient that you may run out of at times. Instead, I suggest breaking out a package of saltine crackers, potato chips or tortilla chips. Get out your rolling pen and crush them for your casseroles, coatings for chicken, etc. The only thing you also may want to do is use less salt in the recipe that you are cooking unless you buy the unsalted variety.
How many times have you thought that you had still had certain spices when baking? For instance, I was making pumpkin pie and ran out of pumpkin pie spice. But this was no big deal because I had other similar spices to blend my own. I just mixed equal amounts of allspice with cinnamon and another time I went with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, which tasted delicious.
Perhaps, you are trying to cut down on your sodium intake for health reasons. You may find yourself out of your favorite salt substitute. Let me share two herbal salt-free substitutes that I make that are for seasoning your food to enhancing the flavor of your recipes.
Vinegar is another common pantry staple that you may run out of when cooking. One of the easy recipe ingredients swaps that can save the day is substituting lemon juice or lime juice. However, you can also have wonderful results with the juice from your pickle jar when making salad dressings or sauces. If you like a nip to those dressings or sauces, I also add just a pinch of juice from my jar of jalapeno peppers when found in my refrigerator.
I hope that you found this information regarding recipe ingredient swaps helpful. For more cooking ingredient substitutions, you also might want to read my earlier post.