Can't leave the house? Try these ingredient substitutes hacks when you are in a bind!

If you are like most of us, you are stuck at home trying to stay safe and keep your family safe. You might venture out to the grocery store once in a while or maybe not at all. For me those grocery trips are really fast, I try to think of everything I could possibly need to cook and bake for the next couple of weeks but it's tough and a lot of items are sold out in the stores.

 I've done a lot more baking in the last 2 weeks, it's been fun making a couple different types of bread but it always seems like I'm missing something and I'm not going to the store unless I absolutely have to so I've had to become inventive and make due with what I have. I researched some substitutions for common items and I want to share.

1 TEASPOON ALLSPICE: 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon & 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves & 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 APPLE: One cup of firm chopped pears and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER: 1/4 baking soda & 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

BARBECUE SAUCE (1 cup): 1 cup ketchup plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

BLACK PEPPER: Allspice works as long as you are also adding salt to the dish

BREAD CRUMBS (1/4 cup, dry): 1/4 cup cracker crumbs or 1/2 slice of toasted, crumbled bread, 1/4 cup cornflakes.

BUTTERMILK: 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar, plus enough milk to make a cup

CAYENNE PEPPER: Ground hot red pepper or chili powder

CHOCOLATE, BAKING, UNSWEETENED: 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon of butter

CINNAMON: Small amount of allspice or cardamom

CLOVES: Allspice or nutmeg

CORN SYRUP (1 cup light): 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/3 cup of water, heat on stove until sugar is melted and syrup is clear

CREAM (heavy, 1 cup): 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup butter, melt butter in a pan and allow it to cool, whisk the milk in

CREAM CHEESE (1 cup): 1 cup pureed cottage cheese or 1 cup plain yogurt strained overnight in a cheesecloth

EGG (1 whole): 2 tablespoons oil plus 1 tablespoon of water or 1 teaspoon cornstarch plus 3 tablespoons water if part of a recipe. Use a banana as a substitute in a cake or pancakes

HONEY (1 cup in baked goods): 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water, heat in a pan until sugar is melted and syrup is clear

LEMON JUICE: 1/2 teaspoon vinegar for each teaspoon of lemon juice needed

MASCARPONE: Cream cheese whipped with a small amount of butter

MAYONNAISE (1 cup): 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup plain yogurt

MOLASSES (1 cup): 1 cup honey

NUTMEG: Allspice or cloves

OIL (for baking): 1 cup applesauce or 1 cup fruit puree

POWDERED SUGAR (confectioners): grind granulated sugar in a coffee grinder until you get the consistency and quantity you need, grind really well to avoid granules in whatever you are making

SELF- RISING FLOUR (1 cup): 1 cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

SOUR CREAM (1 cup): Mix 1 cup cottage cheese, 5 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, mix until creamy

TOMATO PASTE (one tablespoon): 1 tablespoon ketchup or 1/2 cup tomato sauce, reduce on the stove until you get the right consistency

TOMATO PUREE: 6 ounce can of tomato paste plus 6 ounces of water

VANILLA EXTRACT (in baked goods only): Use almond extract or any other extracts that will alter the flavor

VINEGAR: Lemon juice in cooking, salads or marinades

YOGURT: Sour cream, creme fraiche or buttermilk, heavy cream or mayonnaise works in small amounts

I've written a couple other posts How to make your own brown sugar and Make your own (Bisquick) baking mix.