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How to change measurements in recipes

How to change measurements in recipes

Some recipes are made for 2 people and some for 4 people or even 15 people. What happens if you see a recipe you like that’s made for 4 people, but you only want to make it for 2 people? You just need to adjust the measurements in the recipe. It takes a bit of math, but here are three steps to make it easier.

Increase or decrease
Read the recipe and find out if you need to increase or decrease the measurements. For example, if the recipe is for 4 servings but you only want to make 2 servings, then you’ll need to decrease the ingredient amounts by half.

Make the adjustment
Next you’ll need to look at the ingredient measurements and do a little math. If you’re increasing the amounts, then you’ll need to add or multiply the measurements. If you’re decreasing the amounts, you’ll need to subtract or divide. For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup flour for a dish that serves 4 people, you’ll want to adjust the measurement to 1/2 cup flour for 2 people. Ask an adult if the math gets a bit tricky!

Write it out
Write down the adjustments on a piece of paper to help you remember how much of each ingredient you need to prepare and use. Remember that practice makes perfect, so keep at it and have fun!

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