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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".

Example

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.

Example

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

Example

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
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