- Take the ingredient you do not have enough of and divide it by the amount the original recipe calls for - this will give you a decimal ratio of how much of the total recipe you can make.
- Multiply that decimal ratio by all the other ingredients to get new measures of all the ingredients in the rest of the recipe.
So let's take a recipe from the delicious archives as our math example: Oat Granola. Here are the ingredients needed:
- 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 1 cup of honey
- 1 tsp of kosher salt
- 6 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
The recipe calls for 6 cups of oats, but OH NOES! I only have 4.5 cups...math time - step 1!
- 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3/4 cup of honey
- 3/4 tsp of kosher salt
- 4.5 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
This can also be used to scale up recipes too! So if you want to make this granola and have 8 cups of oats you want to use up, just do the same steps with "8" instead of "4.5".
Math is exciting, and so yes! I'm using a lot of exclamation marks! Also, all this math is making me hungry...good thing I now have tasty granola.