How to halve a recipe — tips for cutting recipes in half.

A woman in a green jacket uses a laptop to cut a recipe in half.

Knowing the right methods for cutting recipes in half is a useful skill for anyone who loves to cook and wants to save time and resources.

Cooking at home is a great way to save money, eat healthier, and experiment with new foods. However, most recipes are for two or more servings, leaving solo diners with tons of leftovers or a lot of food waste.

If you know how to correctly halve a recipe, you can cut down on waste and make cooking for one easier and more economical.

How to cut a recipe in half easily.

When faced with the need to reduce the quantities of a recipe, knowing how to cut it in half can make the process more efficient. By following a few simple steps, you can easily adapt a recipe to smaller portions without compromising the flavors. From converting and halving measurements for liquids to adjusting seasoning and main ingredient quantities, here’s a guide to help you navigate the process smoothly.

1. Convert and halve measurements for liquids.

Cutting a recipe in half is, at a glance, a simple task. All you have to do is use half as many ingredients, right? Well, what about when a recipe uses odd-numbered measurements, such as three eggs or ¾ of a cup of broth? Recipe math can be tricky, so here are some common measurements and what they convert into when cut in half:

You can also use an Excel sheet to do some of the conversions for you, then convert Excel to PDF so you can print it out and add it to your recipe book. Share your recipe PDF with others, so they can annotate and comment on it to ask you questions.

2. Halve the measurements for seasoning.

For seasonings like spices, herbs, or salt, simply halve the specified amounts. This ensures that the flavors remain balanced and well-suited to the reduced portion size.

3. Halve the measurements for the main recipe ingredients.

But what about whole ingredients, like eggs? Well, the best and easiest way to divide an odd number of eggs is to crack all the eggs into a bowl, whisk them together, and use half of the mixture in your recipe. (Save the other half for later.)

Similarly, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, such as apples, tomatoes, or potatoes, you can slice or chop them all and use half of the prepared amount, storing the remaining half for future use. This method lets you easily halve the quantities of whole ingredients, maintaining the integrity of the recipe while reducing waste.

With practice, you’ll become a pro at pruning down recipes so you can feed as few or as many people as you want with ease.

When should you consider cutting a recipe in half?

Understanding when to consider cutting a recipe in half can help you avoid food waste, cater to smaller households, save time, or accommodate dietary preferences. Here are a few scenarios that might call for cutting a recipe in half:

Tips and tricks on cutting recipes in half.

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