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Don't Forget to Adjust Pot and Pan Size When You Reduce Recipes
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Don't Forget to Adjust Pot and Pan Size When You Reduce Recipes

Heather Yamada Hosley, Gawker Media
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Most meals I cook are for just two people, so I often end up scaling recipes down so we aren't eating the same thing all week long. Here's why I (and you) should make sure to adjust pot and pan size, too.

When you use less ingredients, they take up less room in a pot or pan, which often means they'll cook more quickly than your recipe lays out. Switch to a smaller vessel that better fits the amount you're cooking. You should apply this to both volume and width. For example, when I use a skillet for a scaled down recipe, I'll opt for my smaller non-stick rather than my 12-inch skillet that I'd use for full scale recipes. If you don't own pots or pans in varying sizes, then change cooking times or keep a closer eye on your dish so your food doesn't end up overcooking.

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