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Using my these 6 helpful tips to cut a recipe into half and you won’t get into trouble in cooking and baking anymore.
Sometimes you found a great recipe and you would love to do it but the amount would be way too much. And cut the recipe in half would become a math problem. And you are about to give up…
Don’t! Don’t give up on that great recipe just because of cutting the recipe in half. Halving recipes isn’t so hard once you understand the most basic cooking measurements and conversions. So let’s start from there!
Tips to cut a recipe into half
Half an odd number of egg: beat together the egg white and yolk, then measure out half the egg mixture.
Spice and seasoning: use slightly less than half and then season to taste.
Liquid ingredients: use a liquid measuring cup with small increments.
When baking: weight out the ingredients for accuracy.
Cooking time: cutting the ingredients in half doesn’t mean you have to cut the cooking time in half. It’s harder to calculate but your cooking time will usually be slightly less than what listed in the recipe.
Storage time: take in to account the storage time of the recipe. if it can be frozen well, it would be useful to make the whole recipe.
Basic Cooking Conversions
I made a printable cooking measurements chart here because there are a lot of things to know. Here are some basics so that you can figure out how to cut that recipe in half without getting confused.
cup = 16 tablespoons
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons
Just remember these and things are easier for you to convert cups to tablespoons and tablespoons into half.
For example: If you want to cut 3/4 cup in half…how do you do that?
1 cup = 16 tablespoons.
3/4 of 16 is 12.
12 tablespoons : 2 = 6
So half of 3/4 cups is 6 tablespoons!
It seems a bit confusing, no?
Here is a cheat sheet to help you avoid getting a headache.
- ¾ cups = 6 tablespoons
- ½ cup = 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons
- ¼ cup = 1/8 cup or 2 tablespoons
- ⅓ cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons or 8 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon = 1/2 teaspoon
- 1 tablespoon = 1/2 tablespoon
- half of ½ teaspoon = 1/4 teaspoon