Last Minute Food Substitutions

Food-Substitutions-Bible_thumb.jpgThis week is Thanksgiving. And what should arrive on my doorstep from uber-culinary publicist Lisa Ekus?  The gigantic Food Substitutions Bible by David Joachim. It conjured memories of past Thanksgivings with friends and family – for which I am very grateful. And memories of “Oh S**T, there are no coffee filters!!”  And “Wasn’t vanilla extract on the shopping list??” I dug right in to extrapolate 20 Patti-type subs that may be required soon. Seriously, some of these I have done and others would have been nice to know. Happy Thanksgiving!

Excerpts from THE FOOD SUBSTITUTIONS BIBLE SECOND EDITION by David Joachim (Robert Rose Inc.,; October 2010; Softcover/$24.95)

    1. Biscuit cutter: clean tuna can with both ends removed
    2. Vanilla extract: rum (double the quantity of rum; the flavor will be slightly different but it works)

  1. Ground cloves: ground allspice
  2. Kahlua (in baking, not cocktails): if it calls for 3 Tbsp. Kahlua substitute 3 Tbsp. water + 3/4 tsp. instant coffee granules
  3. Cooling rack: use a rack from your oven
  4. Buttermilk: 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar + enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 10 minutes before using
  5. Mexican Chocolate: for 1 oz. use 1 oz. semisweet chocolate + 1 tsp. ground cinnamon + 1 drop almond extract + 1 drop vanilla extract
  6. Flour for thickening: cornmeal or egg yolks
  7. Coffee filter: clean nylon stocking
  8. Rice sticks: linguine
  9. Sour cream (for cooking): evaporated milk or whole milk + 1 Tbsp. vinegar or lemon juice, let stand 10 minutes
  10. Honey: granulated sugar + a little maple syrup or light/dark corn syrup or light molasses to liquefy
  11. Horseradish: wasabi
  12. Matzo meal: tortilla chips crushed
  13. Salt: soy sauce
  14. Marinade for meat or poultry: salad dressing or vinaigrette
  15. Kitchen Bouquet for darkening gravy: 2 drops red + 1 drop green food coloring
  16. Pastry bag: parchment paper rolled into a cone or plastic baggie, snip off corner
  17. Rolling pin: wine bottle
  18. Loaf pan: 8-inch round pan or 8 x 8 inch square pan has the same volume.
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1 Dave December 4, 2010 at 5:12 am

Thanks Patti! Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving.

2 Kelly November 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

Thanks for the helpful tips. It sounds like a useful book although I will say in the absence of it, google fills a pretty useful void. The sour cream option sounded interesting. I will say depending on the recipe I often use yogurt (especially greek yogurt) with a lot of success.

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