cooking substitutes


Question by  NurseB (513)

What is a substitute for Meringue powder?


Answer by  nanook (605)

Meringue powder is for the most part, made of egg whites, sugar, and corn starch. To substitue it in your recipe you will need 2 to 3 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon of cream of corn starch, a dash of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of clear vanilla, and 1/4 cup of sugar.


Answer by  MelindaS (1694)

You can make your own Meringue powder by using egg whites, cornstarch, and sugar. You can also add vanilla if you wish, or you can use cream of tartar instead of cornstarch. Many recipes for frostings call for Meringue powder because making your own Meringue calls for the use of raw eggs, a risk for salmonella.


Answer by  kissamedeadly (133)

Meringue powder is actually a substitute for egg whites. In place of the powder, use egg whites, or dehydrated egg white mix. ratio 3 egg whites to 1lb. powdered sugar.


Answer by  AEF (519)

It depends. You can try substituting egg whites. Meringue powder is essentially dried egg white with some cornstarch. Eliminate some of the water from the recipe.


Answer by  bidurpan (105)

Before meringue powder existed, people made meringue from egg whites, so this is an acceptable substitute. However, egg whites come from raw eggs, and can be a little dangerous to eat, so be careful, especially when cooking for very young or very old people. Dried egg whites are safer, but harder to find.


Answer by  klypos (271)

Meringue powder is dried pasteurized powdered egg white, usually combined with a stabilizing gum and a little corn starch. If you are using it in something that is cooked, you can probably find an alternate recipe using ordinary egg whites. If for something which is not cooked, like Royal icing, the only exact substitute is whites from pasteurized eggs.

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