Save Money using Ingredient Substitutes


Ever been in the middle of making a dish and realize that you are missing just one ingredient or Do you refrain from making a recipe because an ingredient, like wine or Edamame, is too expensive. Most often there are ingredient substitutes that you can use. They will save you from making an extra trip to the store, thus saving money on gas, and allow you to make a delicious recipe without buying the costly ingredients.

The following Ingredient Substitute list is great for couponers and stockpilers.  Your recipe may call for Tomato Sauce, but what you have on hand because you got it free is Tomato Paste.  Well just add a cup of water to that tomato paste and make your meal as normal.  That’s exactly what I did in my Individual Meatloaf Crockpot recipe.  Another one of my favorite substitutions is bouillon and water to replace Chicken broth.  I used it in this Crockpot Tuesday meal.

So check out the Ingredient Substitute list and get to enjoying some of the recipes you’ve been wanting to make, but thought were too expensive.

Plus, check out these great substitute recipes too:





Allspice 1 tsp 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground cloves
Red Wine Pure Cranberry Juice
White Wine White Grape Juice or Apple Juice
or 13 TBSP water, 3 TBSP lemon juice and 1 TBSP sugar
Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup milk plus 1 Tbsp lemon juice or white vinegar (let stand for 10 minutes)
Creme Fraiche 1 cup 1/2 cup sour cream mixed with 1/2 cup heavy cream
Edamame Green peas or black-eyed peas
Beau Monde Seasoning 1 teaspoon 1 tsp seasoning salt or
1/2 tsp salt, plus dash of garlic, onion and celery salts or powders
Maple Syrup Brown sugar with a little water
Molasses Honey
Fresh Herbs 1 Tbsp 1 tsp dried herbs
Macadamia Nuts Walnuts, almonds or cashews
Chives 2 teaspoons 2 tsp finely chopped green onion tops
Bread Crumbs, dry 1/3 cup 1 slice of bread
Bread Crumbs, soft 3/4 cup 1 slice of bread
Broth, beef or chicken 1 cup 1 bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup boiling water
Chili Sauce 1 cup 1 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tbsp vinegar, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, dash of ground cloves and dash of allspice
Cracker crumbs 3/4 cup 1 cup bread crumbs
Cake Flour 1 cup 1 cup minus 2 TBSP All-Purpose Flour
Garlic 1 clove 1/8 tsp garlic powder
Buttermilk 1 cup 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup milk plus 1 TBSP Lemon juice or white vinegar (let stand for 10 minutes)
Evaporated Milk 1 can 1 cup nonfat dry milk and 1 3/4 cups warm water and whip together until smooth
Dry Mustard 1 tsp 1 TBSP mustard
Onion 1 small 1 tsp onion powder or 1 to 2 TBSP minced onion
Sour Cream 1 cup 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 tsp lemon juice and 1/3 cup butter
or 1 cup plain yogurt (if for cooking add a TBSP of cornstarch to prevent seperating)
Powdered Sugar 1 cup 3/4 cup granulated sugar
Tomato Sauce 15 oz can 6 ounce can tomato paste plus 1 cup water

What’s your favorite Food Substitute?


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  1. This is a great list! I think I will print it out and save it with my spices!

  2. Shelly @ Coupon Teacher says:

    Great list! I will bookmark this for when I need it.

  3. This is a great list – I already know and use several of them, but there are some new ones for me……..and it is a great concise list….I copied it off. Thank you. Gentle Joy

  4. Great list! A few I never thought of. Thanks for linking up on Saver Tip Tuesday!

  5. Don’t forget, you can use ground flaxseed in place of eggs. I’m not for sure the precise measurements, but if you don’t use or eat many eggs, it can save you money by keeping them from going bad.


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