Tips for Stress-free Kitchening

1. Experiment! If you don’t have a listed ingredient, just google substitutes for it and give it a go!

1b) Even if you do have all the listed ingredients, perhaps use substitutes anyway! Trial and error is part of learning :) Just follow the ingredient ratios and baking times/temps. :)

2. Read over the directions before getting started…it’s not a good feeling when half way through making something the next directions say “Cool in fridge for at least 4 hours.”

3. Memorize what 1 teaspoon looks like in your hand. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 tsp cinnamon, measure 1 teaspoon cinnamon and then put it in your hand first and examine what that amount looks like. Over time, you will no longer need use your small measuring tools because you can eyeball it! Also practice with 1/2 teaspoon. From there you can estimate what 1/4 and 1/8 tsp look like.

4. Get to know ratios. Cooking and baking is much easier when you know things like:
3 teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon, therefore
1.5 teaspoons = 1/2 Tablespoon
4 Tablespoons = 1/4 cup, therefore
2 Tablespoons = 1/8 cup
1 cup = 8oz = 1/2 pint = 1/2 pound

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