Food Discussion : Dairy substitutes


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Apr 21, 2007
I'm allergic to dairy products and sometimes I find it hard to eat a lot of foods. Also, lately I've noticed that if I put any foods that have dairy in my mouth to eat I get a queasy feeling. I wanted to share this list of Dairy Substitutes to those thinking of cutting dairy out but not knowing what to substitute it for.

Dairy-Free Substitutes - Recipe Solutions for the Dairy-Free Cook

By Ashley Skabar, Guide

To Replace Butter:

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  • 1 cup dairy-free soy margarine, such as Willow Run (reduce the salt in recipe by ½ t. if recipe calls for unsalted)
  • 1 cup canola oil (Note: for many baked recipes, or recipes that use butter to coagulate, emulsify or stabilize, soy margarine will be the better choice. Oil works well as part of meat and vegetable dishes as well as sauces.)
  • Best Butter Substitutes
  • Baking Without Butter

To Replace Buttermilk:

  • 1 cup soymilk combined with 1 T. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Allow mixture to rest in the refrigerator for five minutes so that the mixture will thicken correctly.
  • 1 cup plain soy yogurt
  • 2/3 cup soy sour cream blended with 1/3 cup unsweetened soy milk

To Replace Cheese:

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To Replace Cream (Light):

  • 1 cup dairy-free soy coffee cream
  • 1 cup soymilk mixed with ¼ cup melted dairy-free soy margarine
  • 1 cup whole coconut milk
  • 1 cup soymilk mixed with 1/4 cup soymilk powder

To Replace Cream (Heavy):

  • 1/4 cup soy half-n-half, mixed with ¼ cup soy margarine, melted, and ½ c unsweetened soymilk
  • 1 cup cream of coconut

To Replace Crème Fraiche:

  • ½ cup soy sour cream processed with ½ cup soy cream cheese
  • ½ cup plain soy yogurt processed with ½ cup soy cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup extra firm silken tofu processed with 1/3 cup soy yogurt or soy sour cream

To Replace Ghee:

  • 1 cup melted soy margarine
  • 1 cup canola oil
To Replace Milk:

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To Replace Milk (Evaporated)

  • 1 cup soy coffee creamer
  • 1 cup plain soy yogurt

To Replace Milk (Sweetened Condensed)

  • 1 cup soymilk powder mixed with 2/3 cup sugar heated over low heat with ½ c soy coffee creamer and ½ cup soymilk. Heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth.
  • 1 cup vanilla soy ice cream, melted over low heat with 2 T soymilk powder until slightly thickened

To Replace Sour Cream:

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  • 1 cup soy sour cream
  • 1 cup soy yogurt mixed with 1 T. soymilk powder and salt to taste
  • 1 cup extra firm silken tofu blended or processed with 1 T. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Dairy-Free Sour Cream Recipe

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