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When I make muffins, cakes, or brownies, I substitute skim milk for the milk, applesauce for the oil, and egg beaters for the eggs. If it calls for 1/2 c. of oil, use 1/2 c. of applesauce. Egg beater conversion is 1 egg equals 1/4 c. egg beaters. This really cuts down on the fat and it doesn't take away from the taste.
I don't recommend substituting applesauce for oil in cookies though. It makes them too doughy.
This is a great way to save money when making fresh stock that uses up those things that wind up in the compost or garbage anyways. Whenever I prepare veggies (onion, garlic, celery, carrots, etc) I throw the skins, ends, etc into a bag in the freezer. Then when I am going to make stock (veg or chicken) I toss them into the pot with my water and herbs.
This way I don't have to use so much of the whole veggies and makes my stock that much richer!
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