You won't always have every ingredient you need. RecipeTips helps you avoid a trip to the store with a giant table of almost every common food item, and its best substitute.
Much like golden ratios can free you up in recipes, knowing some handy substitutes can let you try recipes you otherwise wouldn't, too. For example, if a recipe calls for coconut milk, you can usually substitute it with whole milk or a mixture of cream of coconut and water. But if you didn't know that, you'd just skip that delicious Thai Red Curry recipe and cook something else for dinner.
Apart from covering common ingredients, RecipeTips has also come up with a table for healthy substitutions, like evaporated skim milk instead of cream or turkey frankfurters instead of hot dogs.
To figure out your own alternatives, check out their guide to ingredient functions, which will help you understand what one of the common food items does, so you can make substitutions wisely.
Food Substitutions [RecipeTips]