How many times have you been in the middle of making a recipe only to discover you’re out of a key ingredient? We can certainly relate to that! Thanks to Substituting Ingredients: The A to Z Kitchen Reference (Sourcebooks, 2010) by Becky Sue Epstein, the next time you run out of pumpkin pie spice, or teriyaki sauce, or even an egg, you’ll be able to swap it with something else from your pantry in no time.
On this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast, we caught up with Becky for some substitution secrets, like this one for a sweetened, nonfat whipped cream!
Sweetened Whipped Cream
Makes 1 Cup
- 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
- 1 cup ice water
- Sweetener of your choice
- Vanilla extract
1. Whip together the nonfat dry milk powder and the ice water. Sweeten to taste and add vanilla as desired. Serve over berries, pie, or a fruit crisp.
Becky also shared her best swaps for pumpkin (or apple) pie spice and tartar sauce.
The next time you run out of pie spice, create your own with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon cardamom. According to Becky, this recipe yields enough to make one 9-inch pie.
Does your tartar sauce sit in the fridge for a year before you “find it” and finally toss it? Make your own (and save money) with Becky’s easy-does-it recipe …
Makes About 1/2 Cup
- 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish or sweet pickles, chopped
- 4 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon onion, chopped, optional
- 1 tablespoon hard-boiled eggs, chopped, optional
- A few drops of lemon juice, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon dill, optional
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together until well combined.
Besides her substitution tips (don’t have a cardoon … no worries!), Becky also reveals common yields (did you know 1 pound of potatoes yields 1 ¾-cups mashed?), remedies for fixing common kitchen disasters, and household formulas. We think every home cook in America should buy this book; it’s truly indispensable. But before you hit the bookstore, enter to win our giveaway for Substituting Ingredients!
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Thanks Becky for an awesome interview!