Use These Emergency Substitutions For All Your Noche Buena Preps

Avoid a cooking or baking failure with these easy ingredient hacks!

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For those times when you can't go far to find a supermarket or grocery, but instead, find a sari-sari store around the corner, try these easy ingredient substitutes for what you need:

Easy Ingredient Substitutes

1 buttermilk = 1 tablespoon vinegar + 1/2 cup evaporated milk + enough water to make 1 cup 

1 cup sour cream = 1 cup all-purpose cream + 2 tablespoons vinegar or calamansi juice

1 cup cake flour = 1 cup all-purpose flour - 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon cornstarch 

1 anchovy = 1 fillet tuyo, sautéed until softened in oil 

1 cup bread crumbs = 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs, toasted, or 1 cup crushed crackers or cornflakes 

1 cup ketchup = 1 cup tomato sauce + 2 tablespoons sugar + 1 teaspoon vinegar 

1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted = 3 tablespoons cocoa powder + 1 tablespoon melted butter or oil

1 garlic clove = 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) garlic powder 

1 teaspoon dry mustard = 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard

1 tablespoon cornstarch = 1 tablespoon rice flour or 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 

1 tablespoon fresh herb = 1 teaspoon dried herb or 3/4 teaspoon ground herb

1 cup red wine = 1 cup grape juice 

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1 cup white wine = 1 cup apple juice 

While these substitutes will work in most cooking and baking situations, review your recipe and check to see if your substitute will work because sometimes, the best substitute is no substitution at all. 

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