Ingredient Substitutions Using Vinegar

Vinegar can sometimes be used as part of ingredient substitutions.


Let's say you're baking and short an egg. If the recipe has baking powder or self-rising flour in it, you can substitute the egg with 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar.

Egg serves as a rising factor, and is not necessarily needed if a recipe has another rising factor in it.

This substitution works for cakes, muffins, brownies, and cookies. So use this vinegar tip if you're allergic to eggs. You can still indulge!


No ketchup? All you need is 1 cup tomato sauce + 1/4 cup sugar + 2 tablespoons vinegar.

This homemade ketchup will tide you over until you can buy the real stuff!

Lemons or limes:

Sometimes lemons or limes are very expensive. Use budget-friendly vinegar!

You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar for one tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice.


I have never bought buttermilk. The reason is that I would never use the whole container. I would just end up pouring the unused portion down the drain after it had set in my refrigerator a few months!

Instead, I substitute.

Directions for vinegar and milk as ingredient substitutions for buttermilk:

Add milk to 1 tablespoon of white distilled vinegar until both ingredients measure 1 cup.

Let stand about 5 minutes. Then measure the amount needed for the recipe.

Click for a recipe using this substitute for buttermilk, my Grandma Heisey's Old Fashioned Crumb Cake

Sour Cream:

Is the sour cream in your refrigerator way past its expiration date? Hey, it happens!

But you can still have a homemade version of sour cream.

Mix together 1/4 cup skim milk + 1 cup cottage cheese + 1 teaspoon vinegar.


Are you out of salt or just trying to cut down on using it? Use vinegar. Sprinkle it on vegetables or potatoes. Try it on french fries.


Are you out of vinegar? YOU'RE OUT OF VINEGAR? Run to the grocery store immediately!

Click for more food tips using vinegar:

enhancing flavors

keeping food fresh longer

pastry tips

dessert tips

fixing too salty or too sugary food

perfect eggs

meat, fish, and seafood tips

miscellaneous cooking tips

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