Trying to adjust recipes so they work to your specific needs can be confusing. The delicious cake recipe you've always wanted to try uses metric measurements (grams, kg) but you want to use ounces, or grandma's homemade bread recipe bakes beautifully in the midwest, but you live in the mountains of Colorado. How can you make these recipes successfully?
Here are a few formulas that may be useful:
Convert grams to Ounces
1 ounce = 28.35 grams, but generally recipes round up to 30 grams.
Grams into Ounces
Divide the number of grams for each ingredient by 30.
Example:120 grams of sugar divided by 30 = 4 ounces of sugar
120 ÷ 30 = 4
Ounces into Grams
Multiply the number of ounces for each ingredient by 30
Example: 6 ounces of butter multiplied by 30 = 180 grams of butter
6 x 30 = 180
Change the Yield of a Recipe
The orginal recipe yields 7 pounds, but you only want to make 2 pounds. How do you adjust the ingredients?
Divide the amount you want to make (New Recipe) by how much the Original Recipe makes to obtain a "Conversion Factor".
New Recipe ÷ Original recipe = "Conversion Factor"
2 lbs. ÷ 7 lbs. = .285 (conversion factor)
To convert to your New Recipe, multiply each ingredient by the Conversion Factor.
Original Ingredient Amount x .285 = New Ingredient Amount
Sugar 12 oz x .285 = 3.4 oz Sugar
Flour 300 grams x .285 = 85.5 grams Flour
Change Fresh Yeast to Active Dry Yeast
To convert - multiply the quanity of fresh yeast by 0.5
Recipe calls for 3oz of fresh yeast
Fresh Yeast 3oz x 0.5 = 1.5oz of Dry Active Yeast
General Adjustments for High-Altitude Baking
|Altitude||Leavener (Decrease per teaspoon)|
|3,000 ft||1/8 teaspoon|
|5,000 ft||1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon|
|7,000 ft||1/4 teaspoon|
|Altitude||Sugar (Decrease per Cup)|
|3,000 ft||1 Tablespoon|
|5,000 ft||1 - 2 Tablespoons|
|7,000 ft||2 - 3 Tablespoons|
|Altitude||Liquid (Increase per Cup)|
|3,000 ft||1 to 2 Tablespoons|
|5,000 ft||2 - 4 Tablespoons|
|7,000 ft||3 - 4 Tablespoons|
|Altitude||Oven Temperature (Increase)|
|3,000 ft||15 - 25 Degrees F|
|5,000 ft||25 Degrees F|
|7,000 ft||25 Degrees F|