You only want to use this substitution for baking with buttermilk!  Stir in 1 Tbsp. lemon juice to 1 cup milk, let it sit for about 5 min and the milk will be soured and ready to use in place of buttermilk.


1 cup tomato sauce, 1 tsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. sugar

Sweetened Condensed Milk

3/4 cup white sugar mixed with 1/2 cup water and 1 1/8 cups dry powdered milk: Bring to a boil and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 20 minutes.


1 cup shortening plus 1/2 teaspoon salt

Using Flax Seed as a Substitution

At Costco I found a product called “Cold milled flax seed”. You can substitute this ground flax seed for oil, butter, and egg. It is a good back up for your food storage. I have made bread, waffles, and pancakes and I can not tell a difference.  On the outside of the container it will tell you how much to substitute for. Flax seed is also very good for you, it has a lot of omega 3 which is the healthy fat in fish and which is why fish is so good for you.


  1. Do you have a substitution for Molasses? I don’t have any, but a recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons and I don’t want to buy it, if you only need a little. Can you substitute honey or maple syrup?

    • Yes, you can use either of those as substitutions– you just won’t get as rich or deep of a flavor. You can also use dark brown corn syrup! Hope this helps!

    • This is for Emily – recipe Home made Almond Joy.

      Hello Emily,

      The recipe calls for:
      “2 c. coconut ”
      Is that RAW shaved (unsweetened) coconut?

      “1 bag Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips”
      Is that 12oz bag?
      Please clarify via email.

      Thank you!

      • I use the sweetened coconut, but you can do the unsweetened. It just won’t be as sweet as the actual candy bar is. :)
        Yes, the regular 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips.


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