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Substitutions and Equivalents
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Equivalents and substitutions are two very different things. Equivalents are measuring amounts of standard ingredients. For instance, in the chart below you will see that one large egg yolk is the equivalent of 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon. If a recipe calls for 1 cup graham crackers crumbs, do you know how many whole graham crackers you should have to crush?

Print these charts out and keep them in your kitchen for easy, instant reference. And for an excellent book on this topic, check out Food FAQs by Linda Resnik and Dee Brock. This book is packed full of substitutions, yields and equivalents with a fabulous complete index and 'Quick Answers' sprinkled throughout.

Can you think of anything you would like added? Just send me an email, I'll research it and expand these charts.

1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
1 large egg white 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons
1 large egg 4 tablespoons
1 pound cheese 4-1/2 cups grated
3 pounds cooked chicken 4-1/2 cups chopped
8-10 large egg whites 1 cup
12-14 large egg yolks 1 cup
3 medium bananas 1 cup mashed
1 egg 1/4 cup egg substitute
28 saltine crackers 1 cup crumbs
3 slices bread 1 cup crumbs
1 lemon 2 to 4 tablespoons juice
1 teaspoon grated rind
1 12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips 2 cups
1 pound tomatoes 1-1/2 cups chopped
1 pound fresh spinach 12 cups fresh
1-1/2 cups cooked
1 pound onions 3 cups chopped
19 chocolate wafers 1 cup crumbs
1 pound cherries 2-1/2 cups, pitted
1-1/2 pounds chicken breasts 3 cups cooked, chopped
1 large onion 1 cup chopped
1 medium orange 6 to 8 tablespoons juice
2 to 3 tablespoons grated rind
22 vanilla wafers 1 cup crumbs
14 graham crackers 1 cup crumbs
1 cup uncooked white rice 3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup uncooked pasta 2-2/3 cups cooked pasta
1 pound brown sugar 2-1/4 cups
1 packet active dry yeast 2-1/4 teaspoons
1 medium apple 1 cup of slices
1 stick butter 1/2 cup, 4 ounces, 1/4 pound
1 tablespoon fresh herbs 1 teaspoon dried herbs
1 pound pitted dates 2-2/3 cups chopped

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