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Reducing the Size of Recipes
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • Posted April 24, 2013

Here is some information that I find helpful when cooking for just two! This comes from the Cook It Quick e-newsletter from UNL Extension in Nebraska.

When reducing recipes, you may need to use smaller saucepans, skillets and baking pans. The time for baking smaller amounts of food may be less.

The standard size egg for recipes is the large egg. To halve an egg, break it, mix it together with a fork and use 2 tablespoons. Refrigerate the rest and use in an omelet or scrambled eggs within two days.

A 9 x 2 x 13-inch pan holds 14 to 15 cups; when halving a recipe use a square 8 x 8 x 2-inch pan or a round 9 x 2-inch pan. When using a different pan size, try and keep the depth of food the same. Reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees F when substituting a glass pan for a metal one.

Two Web sites that let you adjust their recipes to smaller serving sizes are:

www.mealsforyou.com

www.allrecipes.com

To help divide recipes, remember:

1 cup = 16 tablespoons

1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons

1 cup = 8 fluid ounces

1 fluid ounce = 2 tablespoons

1 pound = 16 ounces (weight)

1 pint = 2 cups

2 pints = 1 quart

1 quart = 2 pints

When the recipe says: Reduce to:

To Make 1/2 of a Recipe

1/4 cup: 2 tablespoons

1/3 cup: 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

1/2 cup: 1/4 cup

2/3 cup: 1/3 cup

3/4 cup: 6 tablespoons

1 cup: 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon: 1-1/2 teaspoon

1 teaspoon: 1/2 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon: 1/4 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon: 1/8 teaspoons

1/8 teaspoon: Dash

To Make 1/3 of a Recipe

1/4 cup: 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

1/3 cup: 1 tablespoon + 2-1/3 teaspoons (or round to 1 tablespoon + 2-1/4 teaspoons)

1/2 cup: 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

2/3 cup: 3 tablespoons + 1-1/2 teaspoons

3/4 cup: 1/4 cup

1 cup: 1/3 cup

1 tablespoon: 1 teaspoon

1 teaspoon: Generous 1/4 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon: Scant 1/4 teaspoon

1/4 teaspoon: Scant 1/8 teaspoon

1/8 teaspoon: Dash

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