Substitutions: Flavorings

Have you ever made a recipe and found that you were out of an important ingredient? Instead of spending time and money running to the store, you can sometimes use a substitution. This fact sheet lists some easy ways to change the recipe.

Ingredient Substitution
Allspice
(1 teaspoon)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon & 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
Apple pie spice
(1 teaspoon)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg & 1/8 tsp. cardamon
Bay leaf
(1 whole)
1/4 tsp. crushed
Beau Monde
seasoning

(1 teaspoon)
1 tsp. seasoned salt
or
1/2 tsp. salt
or
1/2 tsp. Mei Yen seasoning
Bouillon
(1 cube)
1 tsp. powdered bouillon
Broth
(1 cup)
1 bouillon cube
or
1 tsp. powdered bouillon cube in 1 cup boiling water
Carob
(3 Tbsp.)
1 ounce chocolate
Chives, fresh
(2 teaspoons)
2 tsp. chopped green onion tops
Chocolate chips, semisweet
(1 ounce)
1 ounce sweet cooking chocolate
Chocolate, unsweetened
(1 ounce)
3 Tbsp. cocoa plus 1 Tbsp. fat
Chocolate, unsweetened
(1 ounce)
3 Tbsp. cocoa plus 1 Tbsp. fat
or
3 Tbsp. carob plus 2 Tbsp. water
Chocolate, semisweet
(1-2/3 ounce)
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 4 tsp. sugar
Cocoa
(1/4 cup)
1 ounce chocolate and omit 1/2 Tbsp. fat
Dill
(3 heads)
1 Tbsp. dill seed or weed
Garlic
(1 clove)
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
or
1 tsp. chopped garlic
Ginger
(1/8 tsp.)
1 Tbsp. candied ginger rinsed in water to remove sugar, finely chopped
or
1/2 tsp. raw ginger
Herbs
1/2 tsp. dried = 1/4 tsp. ground = 2-3 tsp. freshly minced
Honey
(1 cup)
1-1/4 cups sugar and 1/4 cup liquid
Horseradish
(1 Tbsp. fresh)
2 Tbsp. prepared
Mint
(1 Tbsp. dried)
1/4 cup chopped, fresh
Mustard
(1 tsp. dry)
1 Tbsp. prepared
Parsley
(1 Tbsp. fresh)
1 tsp. dried
Pumpkin pie spice
(1 teaspoon)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/8 tsp. allspice & 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Rennet
(1 tablet)
1 Tbsp. liquid rennet
Vanilla bean
(1 inch piece)
1 teaspoon flavoring
Worcestershire sauce
(1 teaspoon)
1 tsp. steak sauce

Prepared by Linda Eilks, Nutrition and Wellness Educator, University of Illinois Extension.

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