List Of Quick Substitutions To Eliminate A Grocery Store Run

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

You’re in the middle of a recipe and find you’re missing an ingredient. Can you use a substitute or maybe whip up that ingredient yourself quickly to keep you from running to the grocery store?

Here’s a list of my most frequently-used quick fixes for recipes.

Long list of ingredient substitutions. #TexasHomesteader

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We’ve all been there while cooking, but especially during the holidays. You’re in the middle of your recipe and find you’re missing an ingredient. And all the stores are closed! What will you do?

Below is a list of substitutions for ingredients as well as the quickest & simplest recipes for a few of my most-used ingredients. Click the provided links for more information.

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A list of our simple homemade condiment recipes. #TexasHomesteader


Buttermilk (or sour milk) – Substitute with an equal amount of Unflavored Yogurt or make soured milk by stirring a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk and letting stand 5-10 minutes.

Heavy Cream – Substitute with 1 cup evaporated milk OR 3/4 cup milk plus 1/3 cup melted butter. (Substitutes for heavy cream in a recipe but may not be suitable for whipping)

Whipped Cream – If you have actual heavy cream in your fridge you can whip up your own Honey-Sweetened Whipped Cream in minutes. I’ve also used sweetened Whipped Aquafaba (chickpea juice) as a substitute for whipped cream topping for desserts but it’s best done right before serving.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – Make it yourself in minutes using powdered milk, sugar, butter, boiling water & vanilla extract.

Cottage Cheese – Substitute with an equal amount of ricotta cheese. Or make your own cottage cheese fast using just soured milk, vinegar and a sprinkle of salt.

Don't throw away that lightly-soured milk - it's easy to make cottage cheese. #TexasHomesteader


Brown Sugar -You can make a cup of brown sugar by mixing a cup of granulated sugar with a tablespoon of molasses for light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons molasses for dark brown sugar.

Powdered Sugar – 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tablespoon cornstarch powdered in a food processor can be substituted for 1 cup powdered sugar.

Table Salt – Kosher Salt – If your recipe calls for kosher salt but you only have table salt, remember it’s not a 1/1 ratio substitution. Use only 1/2 the amount of table salt called for in a recipe using coarser-ground kosher salt.

Cornstarch (for thickening) – Substitute 2 Tablespoons flour for each tablespoon of cornstarch when used for thickening.

Self-Rising Flour – Your recipe calls for self-rising flour but you only have all-purpose flour? No worries, make your own self-rising flour from all purpose flour by mixing 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1½ teaspoons baking powder & ¼ teaspoon of salt.

Oil – I often use Applesauce or fruit puree to replace part of (or ALL of) the oil in my baking recipes. Lower fat and higher nutrition – gotta love it!

Homemade Applesauce is delicious and can be substituted for oil in your baked goods! #TexasHomesteader


Mix-n-Pour BBQ Sauce – Whip up some BBQ sauce instead of running to the store for it. If you’ve got a couple of minutes cook time, this Smoky Honey-Sweetened BBQ Sauce is even better!

Pancake Syrup – Make your own homemade pancake syrup using granulated and brown sugar, honey & water simmered for 7 minutes, then add vanilla & maple extract.

Creamy Salad Dressing – Ugh, there’s no salad dressing in the fridge for your dinner party salad? Don’t worry, with a little unflavored yogurt, some lemon juice and a few seasonings you can whip up this delicious creamy & healthy salad dressing in less than 1 minute!

YES, you can actually have a healthy creamy salad dressing! This homemade dressing uses yogurt as a base. #TexasHomesteader


Vegetable Broth – I get FREE vegetable broth by saving the strained juice from cans of vegetables. Don’t pour it down the sink – use it in your recipe!

Taco seasoning – Blended using chili powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, salt & flour (for thickening).

Cream Of Chicken Soup – So many recipes include cream-of soups. But you’re just thickening broth and adding milk & seasonings. Make it yourself in minutes

Mayonnaise – Substitute a cup of mayonnaise with 1 cup sour cream or 1 cup plain yogurt. Or make your own mayo – I make mine in less than 3 minutes! Just oil, egg and some seasonings then BOOM! Homemade mayonnaise. 

Mayonnaise Baconnaise Recipe - egg, lemon juice, oil, bacon grease, mustard #TexasHomesteader

Quick Cooking Tips

How To Tell If Baking Powder Is Still Good? Don’t risk ruining a good recipe if you’re not quite sure if your baking powder is still viable. Use this quick test using only water.

Expand Muffin Tin Capacity. Do you have more cupcake or muffin batter than you have space in your muffin pan? No worries – I use canning jar rings to expand capacity and bake ’em all at one time!

Cleaner Deviled Eggs. Put cooked egg yolks and other filling ingredients in a repurposed bag & blend. Snip a corner and ‘pipe’ filling into hollowed whites for clean mess-free and fast deviled eggs!

Easier Filling For Resealable Bags. I LOVE this tip! I use plain jar lifters turned upside down to fill resealable bags for the freezer.

Mason jar canning jar lifter used to hold reusable zipper plastic bag open for roasted vegetables. #TexasHomesteader

So there’s a quick list of substitutions and also some super-fast recipes to replace a missing ingredient in your recipe.

There’s a more complete list below – check it out!


Other Favorite Condiments




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2 thoughts on “List Of Quick Substitutions To Eliminate A Grocery Store Run

  1. Angela DeGroot

    This is an awesome post!! I will refer to it again and again.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      So glad you liked it Angela. It’s a nice list of my most used substitutions & quick solutions for missing ingredients. ~TxH~


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