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Substitution Ideas And Tricks

  • Use evaporated skim milk for cream when making whipped topping
  • Substitute plain low fat or nonfat yogurt for sour cream in baking recipes.
  • Substitute plain low fat or nonfat yogurt for sour cream in sauces. Mix 1 tbsp of cornstarch with 1 tbsp of yogurt and mix into the yogurt. It will prevent the yogurt from separating.
  • Try plain low fat or nonfat yogurt or buttermilk in place of sour cream or mayonnaise in salad dressing recipes.
  • Substitute low fat or skim milk for cream or whole milk in baking recipes.
  • Thicken soups, stews or sauces with cornstarch or flour dissolved in cold liquid or with pureed vegetables.
  • Substitute chopped vegetables for some of the bread when you make poultry stuffing.
  • Since most recipes include more sugar than necessary, you can usually reduce the amount of sugar by one fourth to one third.
  • Reduce salt in non yeast baking recipes.
  • Substitute herbs and seasonings for salt as you cook.
  • Substitute onion or garlic flakes or powder for onion salt and garlic salt.
  • Add a drop of lemon juice to the water you cook pasta in and eliminate the salt.
  • Substitute brown rice for white rice to add whole-grain roughage.
  • Use a blend of whole-wheat flour and all-purpose flour in recipes that call for regular flour.
  • Use wheat germ, bran and whole-wheat bread crumbs in place of buttered crumbs to top casseroles.
  • Using vegetable oil for shortening in cakes that require creaming will affect the texture. Use margarine instead; use vegetable oil in recipes calling for melted butter.


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