‘Tis the season to stock up on all things sweet, including ingredients for holiday baking. However, supply chain issues and other shortages mean some baking ingredients are either missing from grocery store shelves or much more expensive this year.
While American households aren’t facing the widespread shortages of pandemic days, the high cost of baking supplies can still be frustrating during the holidays. Fortunately, there are low-cost substitutions for most in-demand ingredients that can make your holiday recipes healthier and , in some cases, less expensive.
Why Baking Ingredients Are Out of Stock or More Expensive This Year
In August, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that grocery prices had risen 13.5% over the last year. Of particular note were two categories of dairy products feeling the pinch: butter and eggs.
Dairy farmers face higher operating costs due to labor shortages and struggle to increase production to meet seasonal demand. US storage facilities reported cold butter stores were down 22% this summer.
Due to the conflict in Ukraine, flour and oil supplies were also affected, spelling the potential for a perfect storm as the holiday season approaches. However, bakers attempting to make family recipes to bring centuries of tradition to the table can still find thrifty substitutions for common ingredients.
9 Holiday Baking Substitutions for Ingredients in Short Supply
The following ingredients promise to be in short supply this season for various reasons, from climate change to labor shortages. Fortunately, plenty of inexpensive substitutes work well in baked goods.
Note: In the substitution tables below, a 1-to-1 ratio means you can keep the measurements in the recipe exactly the same — ie, 1 cup butter to 1 cup coconut oil — and count on a similar texture or rise. Flavor profiles may vary .
1. Best Substitutes for Butter in Baking
At $4.72 per poundbutter prices are higher than they’ve been since…