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Jun 8, 2011 03:46 PM

Recipes - Do you prefer measurements for 2, 4 or 6 and why?

Working on a cookbook and thinking that recipes for 4 would be most useful, but I could be wrong. How many servings do you prefer and why?

Thanks in advance for your input. :)

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  1. I prefer recipes intended for 4 because:
    If I have to reduce it to 2 or increase it for 6 or 8 the increase or reduction doesn't dramatically affect the outcome. I one worked with an old military "cookbook" - that's a thrill. Try reducing a recipe for 100 (or 500) to a meal for 2 people.

    1. i routinely make recipes with four servings, even though i cook for only 2 99% of the time. Occasionally I will reduce a recipe by half, but often I don't. We like leftovers here, and I think it is fine to have prepared food in the fridge to eat the next day. So, I suspect that 4 servings is a pretty good choice for many people. However, when I cooked for five, I found recipes that served 4 not useful.

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      1. re: sueatmo

        We are big fans of leftovers too. So, when I use a recipe for 4 to serve 5 people, I adjust it to feed 6 and enjoy leftovers. I try to avoid adjusting recipes for uneven numbers. The math is sometimes unnecessarily complex and where a recipe calls for one can of x ingredient in don't want to split out one fifth of another can or other container.

        1. re: todao

          I'm with you guys on the leftovers. :)

          1. re: todao

            I had forgotten! That's what I used to do. Its been years since I cooked for five regularly. I used to increase by half to get 6 servings.

        2. Thanks for your input! 4 seemed most practical to me, too.

          1. I vote for 4.

            Good luck on the book.

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            1. re: fanboy12

              Thanks for the input and good wishes, fanboy. :)

            2. I cook for six (or maybe more) because there are four people in my family and the two kids need something for lunch the next day. A recipe for four works out well, because I can modify it as necessary.

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