Category: In A Pinch

Are you out of an essential ingredient or household product? This guide provides convenient substitutions, recipes, techniques and solutions when you are in a pinch.

Out of baking powder?

If out of baking powder, use 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/4 teaspoon baking soda  and 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch for every 1 teaspoon baking powder needed.

Out of Paper Towels?

If out of paper towels, use a paper bag, newsprint, or a washable cloth. They do the job just as well as a paper towel and costs less.  A clean paper bag works great to absorb oils from fried foods. Newsprint cleans windows and mirrors without streaks and makes a durable pick it upper for pet…

Out of dishwasher detergent and rinse aid?

If out of dishwasher detergent, use 1/2 tablespoon of washing soda, 1/2 tablespoon of borax, 1/4 tablespoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon of citric acid for each load. For a rinse aid, use either lemon juice or white vinegar in the dishwasher’s rinse dispenser.