Advanced tips on using the MyKitchenCalculator.com Recipe Converter tool
Scale by Ingredient Quantity
How many times do you try to make one of your recipes only to find that you don't have enough of a certain ingredient? Your only choices at that point are to stop and go shopping for the rest of the ingredients or scale the recipe down.
The MyKitchenCalculator.com recipe converter tool can help you easily scale your recipe based on a single ingredient quantity. This means that if you don't have enough of one ingredient, you can use it as a basis to scale down the remainder of the ingredients. For example, if a recipe calls for 5 eggs, and you only have 4 eggs, you can easily scale the recipe down so that only 4 eggs are used.
As an example, let's take a lemonade recipe that uses the following ingredients:
4 large lemons
1 cup simple syrup
6 cups water
1 tbs sugar
Notice that the recipe requires 4 large lemons. If you only have 3 large lemons, you can still make the recipe, but you would need to scale the rest of the ingredients down. To do this, select the convert by portion option, enter 4 (the original number of lemons in the recipe) as the original size and 3 (the amount of lemons you have) as the desired size. After you convert the recipe, you'll find that your recipe is scaled down according to the single ingredient.
Likewise, if you would like scale a recipe up to maximize a single ingredient, you can use the convert by portion option similar to the method above. Just make sure you have plenty of the other ingredients.
For example, imagine that you had 5 lemons and you wanted to use them all to make more lemonade. To scale the recipe up, select the convert by portion option, enter 4 (the original number of lemons in the recipe) as the original size and 5 (the amount of lemons you have) as the desired size. After you convert the recipe, you'll find that your recipe is scaled up according to the single ingredient.
Using the ## operator
The ## operator (also known as pound-pound, number-number, or double hash tag) was created by MyKitchenCalculator.com to help users improve the accuracy of their recipe conversions when using the MyKitchenCalculator.com recipe converter tool. Many recipe conversions contain other numerical values within the recipe that need to be converted (such as a range or a second quantity description). But there are also numerical values that are not meant to be converted. Because of this, it's up to the user to identify or determine which numerical values need to be scaled along with the conversion.
So how can you tell the difference? Most of the time, if a numerical value is a quantity of the ingredient or another description of the quantity, it should be scaled.
For example, in the ingredient line:
1 cup sugar (200 grams)
1 is the quantity in cups, and 200 grams is another description of this quantity, so it would be appropriate to scale both numbers.
Similarly, the line:
3 bananas (about 1 1/4 cup)
3 is the quantity and 1 1/4 cup is another description of this quantity, so it would be appropriate to scale both numbers.
If the numerical value is part of a description of the ingredient, most likely, it's not meant to be converted.
For example, if we see a line:
2 medium cans (5.5 ounce) of tomatoes
2 is the quantity and 5.5 ounce is part of the ingredient description because it describes the size of the can and not the quantity. In this example, the quantity 2 is the only number that should be scaled.
To use the ## operator place the ## in front of numbers that are in numerical, decimal or fractional format and leave a space after the number.
##1 2/3 cups
##2 to ##3 eggs
##1 - ##2 pinches salt
Using the // operator
The // operator (most commonly known as a comment operator) can be used for numbers that you do not want to be scaled as part of the conversion. If you find that there are numbers that are being converted that you do not want to be converted, place the // operator in front of the number. This is helpful if you have pasted instructions in the ingredient list as part of the copy and paste and do not want the numerical list to be converted.
//1 Add butter and sugar.
//2 Mix in a big bowl.