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Recipe Converter: How to Halve and Third a Recipe

By: The Editors of RecipeLion.com
Updated August 28, 2017
How to Halve and Third a Recipe

When it comes time to downsize a recipe, calculating cooking conversions can be a hassle and can even lead to error. This Recipe Converter for How to Halve and Third a Recipe is the perfect resource to keep in your kitchen. Hang this cooking conversion chart on your fridge or in a cupboard so you can easily cut a recipe in half or thirds without having to do any math at all.

How To Cut Down a Recipe: Halve & Third Ingredients

Whether a recipe makes two cakes and you only need one, or if you're cooking for two instead of four, this guide for How To Cut Down a Recipe is a life-saver. Often when downsizing a recipe, it's super easy to make a mistake and accidentally include an extra teaspoon of this or tablespoon of that. Keep this recipe converter handy for whenever you need to cut down a recipe. It's as simple as looking up the original amount then checking the correlated half or one-third amount.

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Other Handy Measurement Amounts

To also aid in adjusting the amount of ingredients in recipes, these are the measurement amounts of how many teaspoons and tablespoons are in larger measuring cup amounts. This is also helpful for multiplying a recipe. For example, if you're doubling 2 tablespoons of an ingredient, it's easier to measure out 1/4 cup instead of 4 tablespoons. Turn to these measurement amounts no matter what kind of conversions you're doing.

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Note from the Editor

Recipe conversions are sometimes very difficult to figure out, but this chart makes it very easy! I really enjoy cooking for my family of six, and my parents and siblings always love it when I offer to cook dinner (I make them clean up, though!).

 However, when I got my first apartment I learned that many of my favorite recipes to make were family-sized. All of my mom's original and adapted recipes were large enough to feed the family--and have leftovers. I get bored of eating the same thing for several days, so I was stuck. Do I never eat my childhood favorites again, or just eat it for a week at a time?

There to save the day were recipe conversions! Now, I'm terrible at math, so they were so much easier with a chart like this one. I could simply rewrite each of those recipes and still enjoy my favorite dishes, without having enough to feed a small army. Win-win!

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What a great converter chart. I am going to stick this on my fridge. I often want to cut down a recipe. I hate wasting and sometimes the full recipe is too much or you may not have enough of what you need but you do have some and then you can still make what you want if you knew how to adapt the recipe. This is great. Thanks!

What a great resource to keep in your kitchen! When I am cooking, it is usually only for one or two people at a time. It doesn't make any sense to make a HUGE batch of something that will be hanging around my fridge or freezer forever. I have struggled in the past with halving recipes and this will make life so much easier. Something that I have found handy is to print off resources like this and keep them in a duo tang with plastic sleeves for quick and easy reference. That would also make a wonderful gift to new cooks, like students going off to college!

These charts are the handiest things I have discovered this week. I am going to copy paste them onto a document, pint it r

sorry, accidentally hit "submit" when trying to back space. I was going to finish my comment by saying the charts would go onto my fridge for fast reference.

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