In batters, one teaspoon of vanilla extract substitutes for a packet of vanilla sugar, but as a topping, plain sugar is an acceptable substitute. It depends on what the recipe requires the sugar for.
Make vanilla sugar by storing a split vanilla bean in an airtight container with 2 pounds of sugar for several weeks. Shake the container occasionally to mix the flavor of the beans with the sugar. Vanilla sugar does not impart the color of vanilla extract in the recipe. As a topping, it adds a hint of vanilla flavor not found in ordinary sugar. This ingredient is common in many German dessert recipes.Learn More
Substitutes for molasses are honey, brown sugar, dark corn syrup and maple syrup. One can substitute 1 cup of molasses with 1 cup of an acceptable ingredient, such as honey, dark corn syrup or maple syrup.Full Answer >
Carrots or jicama can be substituted for celery as a raw vegetable snack. Bok choy can be substituted for celery in both raw and cooked dishes. Fennel stalk or cardoon can be used instead of celery in cooked dishes, but care must be taken to cook them much longer.Full Answer >
Salted butter can be readily substituted for oleo at a simple one-to-one ratio. "Oleo" is a less-commonly used word for margarine, a form of imitation butter.Full Answer >
Miracle Whip dressing, which is a product of Kraft Foods, can be substituted for mayonnaise in most recipes. However, since Miracle Whip has a distinctly sweet and spicy flavor, it isn't always the best substitute for the mellower flavor of mayonnaise.Full Answer >