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Everyday Cheapskate: In a Pinch, You Can Use This for That

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Have you ever discovered you're all out of a certain ingredient when you're in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I don't want to run to the store.

For me, an unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That's just how impulsive I can be. I've learned that when I'm in a pinch, I need a pinch hitter!

Here is my list of cooking and baking substitutes that I refer to often.

NEED AN EGG

Combine 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

THICKEN GRAVY

 

If you're out of flour, you can substitute up to 3 tablespoons of pancake mix. It works well. Just don't go over 3 tablespoons, or your guests will be looking for the maple syrup.

BREADCRUMBS

Crumble 1/2 slice of bread, and mix 1/4 cup broken crackers.

BAKING POWDER

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