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. Charlene Dolos says:

    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?

    • Erica says:

      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!

  2. Rachael foo says:

    Many thanks for the tip.

    • ANE says:

      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!

      • Emily says:

        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.

  3. Anne Maree Bull says:

    In your Coconut Cream Cake frosting it says one bag of powdered sugar,could you please tell me the quantity in a bag of powdered sugar . Thanks, Anne Maree.

    • Echo says:

      Yes, one bag of powdered sugar is 2 lbs or 32 ounces. It is also the equivalent to about 7.5 cups. Thanks for asking!

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