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From Substitutions to Freezing Tips: Here’s What to Write in Your Recipe Notes

From Substitutions to Freezing Tips: Here’s What to Write in Your Recipe Notes

The home of last-minute musings, ice-cold freezer tips, ingredient swap-outs, and so much more – here’s what you can write in your recipe’s notes!

They are usually located at the bottom of the recipe after the instructions, and are a place where the writer can share any alternatives or additional information about the recipe. This can be anything from ingredient substitutions to freezing instructions.

SUBSTITUTIONS 

Substitutions are a great way of making your recipe more accessible to a global audience, as well as providing alternatives for individuals with dietary restrictions. If your recipe is published online, it will reach readers from all over the world, so it is important to consider adding substitutions for regional ingredients. This also applies to alternative variations of ingredients, like different types of proteins or vegetables – just be sure to include changes in cook times if needed! The New York Times has a great article on the fundamentals of cooking substitutions. 

E.g. Njama Njama is traditionally made from huckleberry, but in this recipe, we will substitute it with seasonal turnip greens.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS 

Including a rough estimate for how many servings your recipe makes will help your reader increase or decrease the ingredient quantities. It is also the perfect opportunity to suggest what to serve your dish with, like a specific protein type, side dish, or beverage pairing – as well as how to present your dish to your hungry guests. 

E.g. This Sierra Leonean groundnut stew can be served with any swallow you enjoy – we recommend fufu in particular! 

LEFTOVER TIPS

Leftover tips can encourage your reader to not worry about the serving size, as they can always store or freeze portions for another day. Include any advice you might follow when freezing or reheating the leftover dish, and be sure to check out Lauren Greutman’s article on common ingredients that freeze well. If your dish doesn’t freeze well, you can always recommend freezing uncooked components instead!

E.g. If you want to save some for later, freeze each puff pastry parcel uncooked. Fully thaw before cooking, and don’t forget to brush on an egg wash before you pop them in the oven. 

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