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How to Adjust Recipe Amounts

Two Methods:

If your recipe indicates that it serves 4, but you need it to feed 6, how do you adjust it? Alternatively, how do you decrease the amount a recipe will make? Known as scaling, adjusting a recipe is sometimes necessary but it's not just a matter of adding or decreasing the amount of each ingredient. But don't worry, it's easy to adjust recipe amounts.

Steps

Increase the Yield of a Recipe

  1. Read the recipe.
    • Before shopping for the ingredients, read through the recipe. Most main dish recipes will double or triple easily, but baking generally doesn't scale well due to the precise ingredient measurements needed to create the chemical reaction required for baking to turn out properly. Determine how many times you'll need to multiple the recipe in order to gain your required serving amount.
  2. Make the conversions.
    • If possible, make your recipe amount conversions in pencil beside the actual recipe. If a recipe calls for 1 cup (240 ml) of flour, then you should write in 2 cups (480 ml) flour. Continue this through the whole list of ingredients and amounts, except for spices. You can round an item up. If the recipe calls for 1 egg and you're multiplying your recipe by 1.5 then you'd end up with 1 1/2 eggs; round this up to 2 eggs.
    • When doubling a recipe that includes spices and alcohol, only multiple these ingredients by 1.5 or you risk overpowering the recipe with their assertive flavors.
  3. Make a list.
    • Scaling a recipe up means that you need extra ingredients. This holds true for the main ingredients such as proteins, vegetables and starches. Make a list of the amounts of each ingredient you need after scaling the recipe. Don't worry about buying exact amounts of spices; dried spices will keep quiet well in a kitchen pantry for months.
  4. Go shopping for your ingredients.
  5. Make your recipe.
    • Prepare the recipe. The directions will remain the same but cooking times may need to be adjusted to allow for a larger batch. Anything prepared for the oven will take additional time. Check frequently to ensure you're not overcooking the recipe.

Decrease the Yield of a Recipe

  1. Read the recipe.
    • Reducing the amount produced by a recipe is handled in much the same way as increasing it, only you're working with lesser amounts of each ingredient. First read the recipe through and figure out by how much you need to reduce the recipe. If the recipe produces enough for 4 and you only want sufficient for 2, then you'd cut it in half, and so on.
  2. Make the conversions.
    • If possible, make your recipe amount conversions in pencil beside the actual recipe. If a recipe calls for 1 cup (240 ml) of flour, then you should write in 1/2 cup (120 ml) flour. Continue this through the whole list of ingredients and amounts including spices. If the recipe calls for 1 egg and you're dividing your recipe in half, still use 1 egg. Lower the amount of other liquid in the recipe by 2 tbsp. (30 ml) for each half egg that you're rounding up.
  3. Make a list.
    • Scaling a recipe down means that you will need fewer ingredients. This holds true for the main ingredients such as proteins, vegetables and starches. Make a list of the amounts of each ingredient you need after scaling the recipe.
  4. Go shopping for your ingredients.
  5. Make your recipe.
    • Prepare the recipe. The directions will remain the same but cooking times may need to be adjusted to allow for a smaller batch. Anything prepared for the oven will take less time. If dividing your recipe in half, also cut the cooking time in half. Check frequently to ensure you're not overcooking the recipe.

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  • Question
    How would I decrease a recipe for 6 down to 2?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Divide all ingredients individually into thirds. When it comes to eggs, if it requires 2, you can cut it down to 1, it will not hurt your end product.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    If I have a curry recipe for four people, how do I adjust it for 50 people?
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    Community Answer
    Four times 12 is 48, so multiply your recipe by 12 and then divide another one by two to come up with the numbers for 50 servings.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I cant drink alcohol what's a good alternative to white wine in cooking?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Unless you're adding wine after cooking, the alcohol will evaporate.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I reduce the sugar if I want to eat desserts, but they are too sweet?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can replace the sugar with coconut sugar, or just experiment with the amount of sugar you cut out. You can also look for desserts that are made without refined sugars.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I adjust this recipe for larger quantities?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you want double it, double the amount of each ingredient. But be careful because a lot of recipes don't do well with doubling, like candies.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    When halving ingredients for a dish, do I also halve the amount of wine and other liquids?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, you do. If you don't, you will have a watery mess.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I increase a recipe by half?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    On a calculator, multiply everything by 1.5. This will increase the recipe by half.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can I use nuts in a recipe if it does not call for it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on what your making. Also, nuts have to be cooked a special way to keep them from burning.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
  • I want to make 10 pounds of chicken Marsala. How can I calculate how much wine I will need?
  • The recipe serves 4. I need to serve 8 people. I did the math and it indicates I should multiply ingredients by 2. Is that correct?
  • I want to half a recipe that calls for 1/2 c of water?
  • How do I adjust a recipe meant for six to be enough for 24?
  • The recipe calls for 2/3 cups of milk for 6 people and I need enough milk for 70 people. How much milk would that be?
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