What Do I Need To Know To Cut Recipes In Half?

Decorating By Donnabugg Updated 23 Aug 2010 , 11:01pm by Donnabugg

Donnabugg Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 1:48am
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There are several recipes I'm wanting to try out but I don't want to waste money nor do I have the room to freeze a lot of leftovers. Can I half recipes like wasc cakes, etc? If so then do I just divide ingredients exactly in half? Thanks!

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Crimsicle Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 2:19am
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I do this all the time, but I don't know if there's something one should take into consideration when doing so. I just blunder ahead!

What I do is weigh everything in grams. That's so much easier to do than figure out what half of a third of a cup is! I sat down one day and weighed a cup of pretty much everything I use - unsifted flour, sifted flour, cake flour, all kinds of sugars, all kinds of fats...the whole 9 yards. I recorded the gram weights for that starting point. (I didn't fool with teaspoons and tablespoons, but sometimes I think I should.) Then, it's just a matter of doing the math. I made a chart of tiny measurements on up to larger ones - and did oddball things like a third and two-thirds - and I keep that laminated chart with my recipes. I use those recorded weights to turn my recipes into grids, too. The original amounts in the first column, half a recipe in the next column, whole recipe in the next column, double recipe in the last column. Then, I can easily make whatever quantity I want. So far, it's worked just fine.

scp1127 Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 8:39am
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Good math skills... being able to figure half of 1/3 for example. There are 8 ounces in a cup, so that is 1.3 oz, or 1/6 cup.

Donnabugg Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 6:22pm
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Originally Posted by scp1127

Good math skills... being able to figure half of 1/3 for example. There are 8 ounces in a cup, so that is 1.3 oz, or 1/6 cup.




Alas, this is what's been holding me back! lol

leily Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 6:42pm
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Originally Posted by Donnabugg

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Originally Posted by scp1127

Good math skills... being able to figure half of 1/3 for example. There are 8 ounces in a cup, so that is 1.3 oz, or 1/6 cup.



Alas, this is what's been holding me back! lol




And the cups to ounces works for liquids, but you can't do that with flour and dry ingredients, if you aren't useing weights you need to break it down into Tablespoons etc...

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TexasSugar Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 6:49pm
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Yes the WASC cake recipe can be halved. Just use one cake mix and half everything else in it.

Donnabugg Posted 23 Aug 2010 , 11:01pm
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Thanks everyone thumbs_up.gif

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