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    violetrocco is offline Assistant Cook
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    Question Is cooking always proportionate?

    Basically, when you cook or bake or whatever, if you need more, would you just adjust the ingredients proportionately?
    for example, if 1 serving asks for 1 cup of salt and i need 2 servings, i would just need 2 cups of salt?

    is cooking always going to be this proportionate?

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    jvanderh is offline Assistant Cook
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    The short answer is, mostly. You can almost always just double the ingredients, but there are a few exceptions. If I cook a very small amount of rice, I need extra water, because the proportionate amount of surface area is more (I lose more to evaporation). So, I might use 1 cup water and 1/2 cup rice, but for a larger pot of rice, I might use 3 cups water and 2 cups rice. Another thing to keep in mind is that you can't always just use a pan twice as big, because it could end up being raw in the middle and burnt on the outside. But if, for example, you want to make 24 cupcakes instead of 12, you'd just double everything.

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