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Old 07-27-2004, 12:40 PM   #1
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Substitutes....

Thought I would post this, cuz I just never have all required ingredients for most things, lets aall it a quick reference for Tanis.....

Here is a list of some foods that can be used in place of the ingredients called for in a recipe:

1 ounce square of unsweetened chocolate =
3 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tbsp. shortening or butter

1 ounce square of semi-sweetened chocolate =
3 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tbsp. shortening or butter, plus 3 tsp. sugar

1 cup of buttermilk or sour milk =
1 tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to make 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes before using.

1 cup sour cream =
1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup evaporated milk plus 1 tbsp. vinegar
Or, 1 cup cottage cheese mixed in blender with 2 tbsp. milk and 1 tsp. lemon juice

1 lb. butter =
2 cups evaporated milk beaten slowly. Pour into pan and chill.
Or, 1 cup buttermilk, 1/2 cup salad oil and one tsp. salt into one lb margarine

Whipped Cream =
Beat egg whites until stiff, then ad one sliced banana per egg white used, and beat again until bananas are dissolved
Or, add melted marshmallows to the white of an egg and beat until stiff

Shortening = Peanut Butter - Crunchy or Smooth!

All Purpose Flour for thickening gravy or sauce, 2 tbsp. =
1 tbsp. cornstarch, rice starch or arrow root.

Baking Powder =
2 tbsp. cream of tartar, one tbsp. bicarbonate of soda and one tbsp. cornstarch

Nuts = oatmeal browned in butter or margarine works in cookie, cake and pie recipes

Bread Crumbs = finely crushed corn flakes, wheat flakes or any other unsweetened cereal

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Old 07-27-2004, 09:58 PM   #2
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Thanks Tancowgirl, that is very helpfull!
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:41 PM   #3
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Gee MJ, your welcome
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A couple more...
1 cup white sugar = i cup honey, plus 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda= 1 cup maple syrup plus 1/4 tsp baking soda=1/2 cup maple syrup plus 1/4 cup corn syrup=1 cup brown sugar firmly packed=3/4-1 cup molasses plus 1/4-1/2 tsp baking soda...Reduce liquids in the recipe by 1/4 cup to compensate...

1 cup milk=1/2 cup evaporated milk+ 1/2 cup water=4 tablespoons dried milk + 1 cup water

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Old 11-24-2004, 02:27 AM   #5
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I just got a recipe for CRAB CAKES with a THAI CHILI LIME SAUCE.

The crab cake recipe calls for SAMBL OELECK, (only 1 1/2 t. maybe I could omit it?). Not knowing what it is, how do I find a substitute for it? I'm going to run it through GOOGLE and see what comes up.


The sauce recipe calls of SAKE (12 Fl. OZ). I know very well what that is. But, would like a substitute in this recipe.

Thanks,
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From GOOGLE:
Sambal Oeleck Chili Paste
Price: $3.95
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days from Pacific Rim Gourmet
Features:
Huy Fong Brand
8 oz.
Ingredients:
Chili, salt, distilled vinegar,potassium sorbate and sodium bisulfite as preservatives.

That takes care of the Sambal Oeleck :D
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Old 11-24-2004, 07:14 AM   #6
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You could sub out a mild white wine for the sake.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:44 AM   #7
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No you can't omit the sambal. That's the whole point of the recipe (it's chile sauce). There are hundreds of types of sambals, oeleck being probably the most common. You could sub Sriracha sauce or another south asian (ie, thai not chinese) chile sauce.

You can find sambals at asian groceries and sriracha sauce at lots of large supermarkets. It's in a red plastic bottle with a rooster on it.
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Old 11-25-2004, 03:11 AM   #8
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Thanks for the response.
jennyema -- After I found the sambal oeleck on the web, it's not as exotic as it sounded. We have a couple markets that may carry it.
This is like so many recipes that call for spices that the average person seldom uses. What do you do with the remainder??
The next problem is I would have to eat crab cakes of a year to use the 8 oz. bottle at 1 1/2t. this recipe was for 2 lb. of crab meat!

marmalady-- Is it true that the alcohol in the wine boils off as it is heated?
My wife is an old AAA member and she wouldn't think of eating anything with alochol in it!

Thanks again,
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Charlie - are you sure the recipe calls for 12 oz of sake? That'a a lot of liquid for crab cakes.

If you can post the whole recipe, maybe I can get a sense of where it's going, and make some suggestions; the only other thing I can think of other than alcohol in that kind of quantity is maybe clam juice? or chicken stock? With maybe just a little vinegar to give it some acidity?
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Tancowgirl, I was looking for one of those substitutions the other night. Will keep them handy for future reference.
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