Ingredient preparation

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Ingredient preparation

The ingredients list of a recipe gives you information on how each ingredient should be prepared before cooking, as well as how much of each ingredients you need to measure.  If you read the ingredients list carefully, you will notice that wording is very important.  For example:

1 cup of walnuts, finely chopped

means that you first measure out 1 cup of whole walnuts, then chop them finely.  However,

1 cup finely chopped walnuts

means that you measure out 1 cup of walnuts that are already finely chopped before measuring.  These two phrases call for a very different amount of walnuts since more walnuts will fit into a cup after it’s been finely chopped.

I have used consistent abbreviations and assumptions when writing my recipes.

  • “tbsp” means tablespoon and “tsp” means teaspoon
  • butter is unsalted butter
  • eggs are large eggs, which is important in baking
  • all-purpose flour is plain and unsifted
  • sugar is granulated
  • onions refer to yellow onions

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