My Learning Project has been focused on reducing the waste and environmental damage of my household actions. A lot of my work has ended up focusing on creating my own condiments, to avoid the plastic of buying them. As a result, I’ve spent a lot of time perusing online recipes.
Here’s the big question (phrased as three separate questions – don’t be fooled!) when learning from online recipes:
- Do I follow the recipe verbatim?
- Do I make adjustments as my experience sees fit?
- Do I *shudder* read the comments and follow their advice?
Here’s what I’ve learned in my exploration:
- If it’s a baking recipe, follow the directions fairly precisely.
- If it’s cooking, make your own judgement calls.
- If there’s sugar or salt, you can normally reduce it.
- If the recipe calls for “no-salt butter” or “sweetener” ignore it and use regular butter and sugar.
- Recipes often add adjectives, things like Kosher salt, Brand Name flour, or fresh basil. Just ignore the adjectives.*
The last third of the question is the killer. Do you listen to the comments? For an answer, please read this article. You won’t regret it.
*A bit of a joke here. Fresh and dried herbs are quite different. And Kosher food may well matter to you – it just doesn’t to me.