Substitute It! Our Guide to Pantry Alternatives

Bookmark this page: for those times you don't have cake flour, tomato paste, or fresh milk in your cupboard.

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

Ever started whipping up a recipe only to discover you didn’t have an item or two on the list? Don’t fret. We have a list of pantry substitutes you can turn to when you haven’t made a trip to the grocery store:



SOUR CREAM = plain yogurt


RED WINE = grape juice, cranberry juice, beef stock, or tomato juice


WHITE WINE = apple juice, white grape juice, apple cider, or chicken stock


BUTTERMILK = 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice + milk to make 1 cup


Cornflakes can be used when you don't have breadcrumbs.



BREADCRUMBS = ground crackers, corn flakes, or oats


CAKE FLOUR = 7 parts all-purpose flour + 1 part cornstarch


1 TABLESPOON FRESH HERBS = 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon dried herbs


1 CLOVE GARLIC = 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


1 CUP FRESH MILK = 1/2 cup evaporated milk + 1/2 cup water


1 CUP SELF-RAISING FLOUR = 1 cup minus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour + 11/2 teaspoons baking powder + 1/2 teaspoon salt


1 TEASPOON LEMON JUICE = 1/2 teaspoon vinegar


1/2 CUP TOMATO PASTE = 1 cup tomato sauce cooked, uncovered, until reduced to 1/2 cup



Tips featured originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of Yummy magazine. Photography by Miguel Nacianceno (Southern-style Fried Chicken and cornflakes)

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