Cooking for two tonight? Or hosting crowd of 15? No worries; BigOven will resize any recipe, and recalculate the ingredient quantities required.
How to Resize a Recipe
First, find any recipe page on BigOven.com. Let’s take this one: Artichoke Mushroom Risotto.
In the ingredients section, you’ll see a resize box:
BigOven shows you the original recipe makes 6 servings, and lets you size the recipe up or down. Enter the quantity you’d like, press “resize”, and you’ll see the ingredients recalculated.
If I want to double the recipe for Artichoke Mushroom Risotto, I’d simply enter 12 and press “resize”:
Tip #1: When you resize a recipe, BigOven adjusts the ingredients, not the instructions
If you’re increasing the quantity, you often need to extend cooking times or temperatures slightly. BigOven will not attempt to make any changes to the text instructions. Instead, even after a resizing is done, it will display the originally posted instructions.
Just to help you, BigOven will show you the following tip:
Tip #2: Your resized recipe will be used for the next action you do, primarily: (a) Adding to Grocery List, (b)Printing, (c) Adding to Menu Plan and (d) Emailing a Recipe
Once you resize a recipe, if you then do one of the four actions above, BigOven will assume that you want the resized recipe to be used, not the original quantity.
If you resize a recipe then add it to the menu plan, the resized recipe will be added to the plan. When you generate a grocery list, the resized quantities will be used.
If you resize a recipe then add it to your grocery list, the resized quantities will be added to the grocery list.
Tip #3: If you want to email a resized recipe, just resize it first, then email it
As written above, once you resize a recipe, BigOven will think that the next action you do refers to the resized recipe.
Tip #5: When posting new recipes, be sure to enter the proper yield size!
“Servings” is the most helpful unit to use. You can post any recipe you’d like for free on BigOven.com.
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