There is nothing worse than getting ready to make something only to realize that you are missing a key ingredient. I know, I have been there and done that. While I always prefer to use fresh onion, garlic and herbs sometimes I just don’t have it on hand and don’t have the time or energy to go to the store for one item. Below is a list of common substitutions that I think you will find helpful.
1 clove garlic = 1/3 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 clove garlic = 1 ½ t minced garlic in a jar
1/3 cup chopped = 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1 cup chopped = 1 teaspoon onion powder or 3 tablespoons dried minced onion
1 ½ cups chopped = 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder or 4 ½ tablespoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon fresh = ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
Celery Seed: 2t = 1 stalk
Fennel Seed in an equal amount
Evaporated Milk: ½ Evaporated Milk and ½ water.
Half & Half:
Evaporated Milk in equal proportions
1 cup milk + 1T vinegar
The ratio is 3 to 1, Fresh herbs are not a potent as dried, so If the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons fresh basil you would want to use 1 teaspoon dried.
Turmeric in equal amounts
1 teaspoon = 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon = 2 tablespoons lime juice
Substitute equal amounts of Honey
1 cup juice = ½ cup tomato sauce = ½ cup water
2 cups sauce = ¾ cup tomato paste + 1 cup water