Sunday, August 25, 2013

What is a recipe?

What is a recipe?
A recipe is a set of instruction used for preparing and producing a certain food, dish, or drink. The purpose of a recipe is to have a precise record of the ingredients used, the amounts needed, and the way they are combined.
(1) The Recipe Name tells you what you'll be making. Sometimes the author will include personal information on the recipe.
(2) There are three components to a recipe. The first is the List of Ingredients, and the second is the Amount of the ingredients.
(3) The third is the Preparation Instructions. A well-written recipe will list all ingredients in the order they will be added in the Preparation Instructions. Most well-written recipes will spell out pan size, cooking temperature, and how much of each ingredient to use. However, you will find some poorly-written recipes that use abbreviations.
(4) Some recipe will include Variations for the recipe and also how to Store your prepared dish.
Read your recipe carefully before starting: Be sure you have all the ingredients called for and that you understand the recipe clearly. This is the reason most recipe fail. If the recipe says “room temperature,” there is usually a reason.
When preparing a recipe for the first time, it is recommended that you follow the recipe exactly so you have an initial template of how the writer intended it to look and taste. Then you can experiment from there.
Why a recipe does not work.
No matter how detailed the recipe is written, the recipe can not tell you everything you need to know. Some judgment of your part is also needed.
A recipe may fail if the ingredients were not measured carefully.
Cooking times that have been given in the recipe are meant to be used as a guideline only.
If substituted ingredients improperly. Replacing ingredients may result vastly different taste.
Many cooks do not preheat their ovens properly.
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Even if you know nothing at all about cooking, stop and think about what you are doing. A little bit of creative thought can make a dish made from any recipe an original masterpiece.

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