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For many cooks, there are times when we don't have the correct ingredients on hand to prepare our desired recipe. If you find yourself in this situation, don't despair, there are usually other ingredients that can easily be substituted, saving the cook a drive to the grocer. Here are a few. Milk A lot of dishes call for milk. If you find yourself out of milk or don't have enough to complete a specific recipe, make sure you keep a supply of evaporated milk on hand. Evaporated milk or reconstituted milk can be stored for a long time and once mixed with water and often a drop of butter, can easily taste just as good as regular milk. Baking Powder If you don't have baking powder available, mix baking soda and a dash of buttermilk. For a tablespoon of double acting baking powder, substitute 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda and a 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Self Rising Flour Self rising flour is simple to create at home, just mix one cup of all purpose flour with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Butter Milk Ran out of butter milk? You can quickly create your own. You can substitute 1 cup of butter milk with 1 cup whole milk and a tablespoon of vinegar. You can also substitute 1 cup of butter milk with 2/3 cup of plain yogurt and 1/3 cup whole milk. Garlic Ran out of garlic? Replace it with garlic powder instead. About 1 clove of garlic equals 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder. Honey You can quickly replace honey with sugar and water. 1 cup of honey equals about 1 and 1/4 cup of sugar and a 1/4 cup of water. Substituting Sugar If you are short on sugar on hand or would like to replace it due to health reasons, here are some tricks to replace sugar: Sugar can be substituted with maple syrup, corn syrup, brown sugar, honey, stevia, and molasses. Although, some recipes will require sugar or a granular sweetener in place of syrup due to baking and texture requirements. If you are trying to reduce your intake of sugar due to health concerns, look to the many sweeteners, sometimes called sugar substitutes on the market. They include but are not limited to, Sweet and Low, Splenda, Equal, and plant based Stevia.

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