Real Simple

Make Your Own

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All is not lost if you’re midrecipe and realize you’re out of an ingredient.

1 CUP BUTTERMILK

Whisk 1 tablespoon white vinegar or 1 tablespoon lemon juice with enough milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 10 minutes.

1 EGG

Whisk 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 tablespoon­s water. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. This works especially well in baking.

1 CUP CORN SYRUP

Whisk 11/4 cups granulated sugar and 1/3 cup hot water.

1 CUP BROWN SUGAR

Mix 1 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup molasses.

1 CUP CAKE FLOUR

Whisk 1 cup (minus 2 tablespoon­s) all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoon­s cornstarch.

1 TEASPOON BAKING POWDER

Combine 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.

1 CUP BEEF OR CHICKEN BROTH

Stir 1 cup (minus 1 tablespoon) water and 1 tablespoon soy sauce.

1/4 CUP WHITE WINE

Combine 1/4 cup water or chicken broth with 1 teaspoon vinegar or 2 teaspoons lemon juice.

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