SECRET INGREDIENTS AND SUBSTITUTIONS forum: I'm out of *** - what can I use as a substitution?

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Feb 21, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
Let's start a running list, eh? Once the database is all coded, this will be an invaluable tool !
Feb 21, 2010 1:01 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
No buttermilk? Put 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice in a 1 cup measure and fill with regular milk. Stir and wait 5 minutes. Not perfect, but it works.
Feb 21, 2010 1:15 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
No Allspice? For 1 tsp of allspice, just use 1/2 tsp of cinnamon mixed with 1/2 tsp ground cloves.
Feb 21, 2010 1:17 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
No Confectioners Sugar? For 1 c of confectioners sugar, just take 1 c of regular sugar and run it through your blender til it's very fine; now 'whirr' in 1 TBLSP of cornstarch.
Feb 21, 2010 7:45 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Good things to know. Jo
Feb 22, 2010 6:45 AM CST
This listing I have had for years and is laminated and posted in my kitchen cupboard. It has been helpful in more ways than 1

Feb 22, 2010 7:07 AM CST
Pan Substitute Chart:

Don't have the right pan as needed; maybe this will help.
Two - 8 inch layers ....................................Use one 12 x 8 x 2 inch rectangle
Three 8 inch layers......................................Two 9 inch squares
Two 9 inch layers.........................................Two 8 inch layers OR one 13 x 9 x 2 inch rectangle
Two 8 x 8 x2 inch squares..........................Two 9 inch layers, OR 13 x 9 x 2 inch rectangle
One 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf..................................One 9 x 9 x 2 inch square
One 8 x 4 x 3 inch loaf..................................One 8 x 8 x 2 inch square
Once 13 x 9 x 2 inch rectangle.....................One 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1 inch jelly roll pan
One 9 x 3 1/2 inch tube.................................Two 9 inch layers
One 10 x 4 inch tube......................................Two 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaves, OR one 13 x 9 x 2 inch rectangle

For best results in cake baking, use the pan size called for in the recipe.
When substituting equivalent pan size, the length of baking time will have to be determined by testing for doneness.
Hope this information helps in some way.


As long as I was onto the pan substitutions, I thought I would come back and list Amount of Batter Per Pan

Batter Per Pan:
pan size: Yield per package 5 cups Baking tTme:
6 x 2 inch 2 cups 35-45 min.
8 x 2 inch 3 1/2 cups 40-50 min.
10 x 2 inch 5 1/2 cups 45-55 min.
12 x 2 inch 7 1/2 cups 50-60 min.
14 x 2 inch 10 cups 50-60 min.
16 x 2 inch 13 3/4 cups 55-65 min.
11 x 15 x 2 inch 11 cups 47-57 min.
12 x 17 x 1 inch 9 cups 40-50 min.
12 x 18 x 2 inch 13 3/4 cups 50-60 min.
18 x 24 x 2 inch 22 cups 40-50 min.

Feb 23, 2010 11:22 PM CST
Name: Judi Darin
Portland, Oregon
Grannyof8 you have posted very useful information. Thank you!
"Give me again o nature your primal sanities."
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Feb 28, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
Yes, that pan size dilemma has had me seized more than once. My problem at the moment is:


I'll Google it and see if I can find something. Only need 1/2 tsp for this recipe and the spice is about $13 jar. Don't use it often enough to justify that cost.

Back from Google.....found this first - very disouraging:

Then found this.....I may just leave it out altogether. Coriander or cinnamon, huh? Not even close imo...I must be missing something.

- - - begom snip - - -
It takes 10 whole pods to make 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cardamom.

Or, use ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coriander seeds or mace, starting with half the quantity specified and adding more to taste

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Feb 28, 2010 3:16 PM CST
Name: Dea O'Hopp
Frederick, MD
PVC Pipe is a Cook's friend
That's a conundrum for sure Mary. It's a much wanted pod these days for sure. I'm going to cmail ceejaytown, a member here, and see if her plants have produced pods!
Feb 28, 2010 11:40 PM CST
Sometimes you can find cardamom in either small store brand jars in the spice isle or in bags in the produce area. If you are wondering what it smells like think back to the cinnamon rolls that came in trays of 8 or so.

There is a difference in all three of the cardamon, white, green, and black. What you will find most often is the black.

A subsitute I have read but not tried is Nigillia sp? seeds. A friend from Iran told me they were used in cooking but not in coffee where they were normally used in his family.
Oct 23, 2010 10:32 AM CST
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
Just don't go too far with your substitutions, as this little funny illustrates:

I didn't have potatoes, so I substituted rice.
I didn't have paprika, so I used another spice.
I didn't have tomato sauce, I used tomato paste;
A whole can, not a half can - I don't believe in waste.
A friend gave me the recipe; she said you couldn't beat it.
There must be something wrong with her, I couldn't even eat it!
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson

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