Ever read a recipe, fell in love with it, scrolled down to the list of ingredients and, with utter disappointment, got hit with the fact that you don’t have half the supplies needed? Whether it is because they’re not available in your local market or simple because you ran out of them, there’s always the one ingredient that will be missing, because Murphy’s Law, right?
No matter how prepared you are, something is always bound to go wrong. I recently moved to Qatar, and I’m finding it as a bit of a struggle to stock my pantry with baking supplies. Although I can find a large variety of goods, however there are always those one or two elements that are impossible to find. Poppy seeds are not allowed here (and as I’ve learned, there are controversies about them in more than one country) and buttermilk is a non-understandable concept.
As I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one suffering from this, I decided to put up a post with different substitutions and unit converters that will save you the trouble of scavenging through the internet to find them.
First of all, if you’re moving to a new place like me, and need to restock the kitchen with a whole new set of appliances, here is a little diagram that helps you figure out the basic tools you need.
Now on to the dreaded unit converters.
- Here is a link for butter converter. It makes the usual “how many tablespoons are one cup” and “how many grams is one stick” easily answered.
- wondering how many liters and in a pint, and how many ounces in a cup?
Sometimes you may find it necessary to substitute one ingredient for another in a recipe. But using a different ingredient may change both the taste and texture of your baking. So first, grasp a solid understanding of what each ingredient is used for, and you can follow these guidelines.
I hope these can be helpful for you as they have been for me. Now there’s no more excuse to stay out of the kitchen and bake a lovely piece of pie, whether you’re alone or with company, and all I can say is, Happy Baking 🙂
Note: I did not do the posted pictures, they can be found here.