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Old 12-31-2008, 05:12 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am fairly new to cooking and just received a new cook book to start learning how to cook. As a single father of (2) teenagers, I need some help understanding the following:

(3) examples:

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
3 cups tomato sauce, divided
1/2 stick butter, divided

I know this must be a simple question, but what does "divided" mean?

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
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Hi Tom,
It means that in the directions...the recipe will tell you to use part of each ingredient at different times.. in the end it'll end up being 1/2 cup cheese..
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:14 PM   #3
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1/2 cup parm cheese... divide into 1/4 cup portions. So you will have 2 1/4 cup protions.

Same with the sauce... divide into 1 1/2 cup portions.

1/2 stick of butter... divide in half.

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:16 PM   #4
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Yep, what pds said. You will need 3 cups of tomato sauce, but, you will need part of the 3 cups for one part of the recipe and the rest for another part of the recipe. They say "divided" so you can plan accordingly and not accidentally dump all 3 cups in at the same time.

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1/2 cup parm cheese... divide into 1/4 cup portions. So you will have 2 1/4 cup protions.

Same with the sauce... divide into 1 1/2 cup portions.

1/2 stick of butter... divide in half.

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However, it's not ALWAYS divided in half. Your recipe should specify the amounts needed at the different times.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:19 PM   #6
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However, it's not ALWAYS divided in half. Your recipe should specify the amounts needed at the different times.
That is true, but since I can't see the whole recipe, I was just trying to give the best description I could.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:19 PM   #7
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1/2 cup parm cheese... divide into 1/4 cup portions. So you will have 2 1/4 cup protions.

Same with the sauce... divide into 1 1/2 cup portions.

1/2 stick of butter... divide in half.

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Divide it into whatever portions the recipe calls for. The recipe might call for the sauce to be added in 3 one-cup measurements, for example. Or you might need to reserve only a tablespoon of the cheese or better and add in almost all the rest.

In other words, don't just divide the ingredients up equally. Do what the recipe says.
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Old 12-31-2008, 05:31 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone!! That make sense now that I hear what it means. Now all I have to do is to try some of these recipes!! Wish me luck!

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