Cooking shouldn’t be rocket science -- but when you’re faced with complicated recipes, ingredient substitutions or party-sized portions, it can feel like memorization and math skills stand between you and your best meal yet.
We’ve partnered with Campbell’s to bring you calculatingly fun new cooking tips and tricks that make your time in the kitchen easier, allowing you to skip the calculator and the impossible-to-remember cooking conversions. Use these simple cooking math charts to speed up your prep process and avoid any oh-so-annoying realizations that your measurements were way, way off. (Been there, done that.) We’ve got you covered.
1. Halving Recipes
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Save yourself time (and division struggles) by checking out this go-to halving chart the next time you want to cut down a recipe. Bonus: You can also use the chart in reverse to double a recipe for a larger group.
2. Slow Cooking
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There’s nothing better than coming home to a well-cooked meal, and that’s what makes slow cookers so magical. To save yourself valuable prep time at the end of a long day, swap your oven-cooked recipe for its slow cooker counterpart. This simple conversion chart will show you how to adjust the cooking time for any meal -- no stress needed.
3. Going Gluten-Free
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No need to kiss your favorite recipes goodbye forever if you go gluten-free. Make strategic ingredient swaps to satisfy all your cravings, and keep this conversion chart on hand to easily reference the exact measurements you’ll need for each substitution. Rice flour and potato starch are your friends!
4. Going Back To Basics
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Sometimes you just need to brush up on the basics in order to graduate to the big leagues. Dust off the rust with this handy chart giving you all the conversions you need at a glance. Never again question the difference between “a pinch” and “a dash” or the number of pints in a quart. Save your memory space for something a little more pressing -- like remembering to set the oven timer or crossing all the ingredients to your grocery list before you leave the store.
5. Dealing In Specifics
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The basics will get you far when it comes to simple recipes, but you’ll need more specific numbers when you’re dealing with different ingredients or converting between imperial and metric units. Use the chart above to find cup-to-gram conversions, Celsius-to-Fahrenheit conversions and more.
6. Baking Up A Storm
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Dabbling in baking? Add this imperial-to-metric conversion chart, made specifically for common baking ingredients, to your arsenal. Oh, and be sure to kiss your calculator goodbye -- you won’t need it anymore.
7. Learning Your Grains
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Not all grains are created equal. Be sure to check how much water your specific type requires. Quinoa, for instance, needs less water than steel-cut oats -- but we don’t expect you to remember that; that’s where this simple grains chart comes in handy.
8. Perfecting Your Eggs
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You want to start your day off on the right foot -- and with the right egg. It’s not easy eyeballing your eggs for the perfect consistency, so check this chart for your ideal yolk, set a timer and let the water do the work.
9. Hosting With Savvy
You remember your last dinner party: the one when your guests walked away with their stomachs still rumbling, or the one when you found yourself with pounds of leftover food you’d never be able to polish off yourself. Save yourself the trouble -- and the food waste -- by checking exactly how many servings you’ll need to prepare of each dish for each guest. Everyone will leave happy, and your wallet will thank you for not going overboard with your dessert purchases.
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