Friday, September 18, 2009

Substituting in Kosher Cooking

You don't have to let a recipe stymie you just because it contains meat and milk. There are ways around this.
When you find a recipe you think you would love just find substitutes for some of the ingredients.
One way is to find suitable pareve soy products that replace milk, creams and cheeses.
They come in all varieties now and they are quite good and very healthy.

Soy based yogurts are tasty and can be used to act like cream in a recipe. The idea of the cream is to make the recipe richer. Pareve plain Yogurt can accomplish the same thing.

Mayonnaise can be a good butter and oil substitute.

Soy cheeses are delicious and some are really indistinguishable from real cheese.

Beer in recipes is often substituted with non alcoholic beer or chicken broth. So, chicken broth might be substituted with beer.. if you are adventurous that is!

You have to experiment with these things to find out what works and what doesn't but over all I have had good results in using them.

If you don't like the idea of soy based products and want the real thing you can substitute for meat and its products in a recipe too.
If it calls for chicken broth, why not try a vegetable broth instead?

Also 1 Tablespoon of soy sauce in a cup of water will substitute for chicken broth.

Yogurt is a great substitute for buttermilk. You can use it in pancakes.

To substitute for cream use a pareve whipped topping.

Tofu can substitute for meat in so many things as well. Once cooked with spices and sauces it takes on it's own tastes and most can't tell it's not meat of some sort.

Recipes are rarely written in stone. You can and should add your own ideas and innovations to them.
Sometimes you will have a hit and sometimes a miss but you will be learning and having fun along the way.


  1. All sounds yummy...must go to kitchen to cook...must eat NOW !

  2. Hi Annie,
    Your recipes sound great! I am thinking you are Jewish like me?? I saw on your profile Jewish Life. I find that in the country grapic community not a whole lot of us ;) I met a lady Joanus who is and lives in Florida, now I think you make 2 :)
    Hugs, Dru