Homemade Baking and Cooking Substitutions

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
If you want to learn how to make homemade pantry staple recipes like brown sugar, baking powder, self-rising flour, sweetened condensed milk, cake flour, and homemade ricotta. Here are the many instructions!

Sometimes in the middle of a recipe, it's too late to run to the store!

I have so many quick fixes below from pantry ingredients to liqueurs you may need in your recipes!

If you haven't tried some of these before, you will be amazed how easy it is to make in your kitchens and some of them are perfect for getting rid of milk about to spoil like evaporated milk!

I love even making my own salad dressings, they are fresh and so much better than bottled and our favorites other than Italian are Ranch, Blue Cheese, and Greek Dressing.

We even make a great Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce!

You will also find the recipe on how to make a substitute for Buttermilk, I never have that on hand and this is very useful as well!

Check out all the idea links below and don't get caught making a dessert of dinner recipe without saving these Great Tips and Kitchen Hacks!

Scroll down to the recipe card for even more on how to make Mayonnaise, Pancake Syrup Instant Oatmeal, Powdered sugar, and Seasoning Mixes.

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Easy and Economical!

Making your own pantry items are easy.

These kitchen foods for baking can get very costly and making your own Homemade Mason Jar Gifts are perfect when you're on a budget or have hard-to-buy people for during the holiday season.

Making your own colored sugar, brown sugar, and baking powder are just a few you will see in this post.

If you want to save money this will be perfect for your budget.

Check out all the homemade easy items you can make in minutes!!

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Homemade Butter Milk Recipe

(also available in the printable recipe card below)

  1. 1 tablespoon white vinegar (or lemon juice)
  2. 1 cup milk
  • Directions:
  • Pour the tablespoon of vinegar into a glass quart measuring cup.
  • Fill the rest of the 1 cup glass measuring cup with milk.
  • Gently stir and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes.
  • This will allow the milk to curdle and give it the characteristics needed.
  • Also, you can substitute, or substitute plain yogurt for buttermilk

Homemade Baking Mix (if you don't find a baking mix):

  • substitution:
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 

DIY Seasoning Salt and Spice Mixes
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So Easy and Saves You Money

These homemade kitchen pantry staple recipes will save you money and are so easy to make.

I always run out of something while I am baking, I hope these will help you save time running to the store as much as they saved me in recipe making!

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Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Homemade Kitchen Pantry Substitutions

Homemade Kitchen Pantry Substitutions

Here is a roundup on how to make your own homemade kitchen staples for the pantry economically. Brown sugar, cookie butter, seasonings, colored sugars, homemade sour cream, Irish cream, cream, baking powder, cake flour, homemade ricotta cheese, popcorn in a brown bag, self rising flour and more! Perfect for Holiday Baking season when you run out of something!


  • How To Make Kitchen Hack Homemade  Recipes:
  • Mayo
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Powdered sugar
  • Seasoning Mixes
  • Homemade Buttermilk


  1. Homemade Pumpkin Spice: 3 tablespoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1/ 1/2 teaspoons each cloves and allspice. Add to a jar, cover and shake. I use baby food jars cleaned or small mason jars.
  2. Make Your Own Powdered sugar: Just pour 1 cup of granulated sugar in your blender or food processor, and pulse until the sugar gets superfine and fluffy. Sift it before using it to make sure you don’t have any large chunks of sugar left.
  3. Seasoning mixes: Blend all dried herbs and seasonings you like in a bowl and mix it together. IE, rosemary, dill, basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, garlic powder, salt, pepper, cayenne, etc. in a bowl and store in old saved herbs jars or mason jars.
  4. Instant Oatmeal Packets: 10 cups quick oats, divided, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 - 1/2 cups brown sugar ( add more later if you like, 1 cup non-dairy creamer, optional 3 teaspoons cinnamon. Save 7 cups in a bowl. Put the other 3 cups in a blender, pulse to a powder. Mix with all ingredients. Save in 1/2 each in small storage bags. Proceed with the same instant oatmeal directions for 1 to 2 minutes in a bowl using 3/4 cup water with the mix. Makes 24.
  5. Pancake syrup: Add 1 cup water, 1 cup white sugar,1 cup brown sugar, boil in a small saucepan, simmer until sugar dissolves. Add 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring.
  6. Homemade Mayo: Add the first 4 ingredients to a blender, 2 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp kosher salt. Slowly pour in 3/4 cup light olive oil. Whip until it thickens how you like it. Store in glass jars in the fridge.
  7. Homemade Buttermilk: 1 tablespoon white vinegar (or lemon juice) 1 cup milk Directions: Pour the tablespoon of vinegar into a glass quart measuring cup. Fill the rest of the 1 cup glass measuring cup with milk. Gently stir and let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes. This will allow the milk to curdle and give it the characteristics needed. Also, you can substitute, or substitute plain yogurt for buttermilk
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.