Ever since I read this, it's been grating on me. In the front cover of my copy of The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, under the heading of "Emergency Substitutions," it reads, "Everybody does it (even though they shouldn't)."
"Humph," I thought. "Snobs. Why shouldn't I?" And I left it at that for the next few weeks. But it kept bothering me.
What's wrong with using substitutions in your cooking? Or maybe a better question is, what's right? I can think of a few good reasons to substitute ingredients (being an incorrigible substituter myself).
- You can often save money.
- You can simplify your shopping list and your pantry by keeping fewer ingredients on hand.
- You can make a recipe healthier.
- You can make a recipe that you wouldn't otherwise be able to without going to the store.
What do you think? Should you or shouldn't you use substitutions in your cooking? Do you?