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Reduce Your Favorite Recipes
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • Posted March 19, 2014

Choose recipes that fit with your tastes and time requirements. Whether you’re a 20-something single person or an “empty nester couple” with grown children, you don’t need to throw out your favorite family recipes. You can adapt many of them to fit your current household size. Try these tips to help reduce your recipes:

• Choose recipes that are easy to divide mathematically. In recipes calling for three eggs, use two eggs and remove 2 to 4 tablespoons of liquid (if present) from the recipe.

• If a recipe calls for a can of beans or soup and you would like to divide the recipe in half, use what you need and either refrigerate or freeze the remaining food. Label the container with the contents and date.

• Add seasonings gradually. Sometimes you may need to add more (or less) of the spice to reach the desired flavor.

• Check for doneness of halved recipes five to 10 minutes sooner than the original recipe.

• Keep notes about what works — and what doesn’t!

Making Half a Recipe

When the recipe calls for: Use:

1/4 cup..................................2 tablespoons

1/3 cup…………..................2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons

1/2 cup…………..................1/4 cup

2/3 cup………….................1/3 cup

3/4 cup………….................6 tablespoons

1 tablespoon………….......1 1/2 teaspoons

1 teaspoon…………..........1/2 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon………….......1/4 teaspoon

Making One-third of a Recipe

1/4 cup……….................1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

1/3 cup………..................1 tablespoon + 2 1/3 teaspoons

1/2 cup…………................2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons

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