Misleading Ingredient Quantities

Did you know there is a big difference in “1 cup cooked rice” versus “1 cup rice, cooked”? If a recipe calls for 1 cup of cooked rice, that’s exactly what you have, one cup. However, 1 cup of dry rice, when cooked, will yield 3 cups of rice! That’s because to cook that 1 cup of rice you typically add 2 cups of liquid to the uncooked rice. This principle applies to any ingredient that is dry in its raw state and requires liquid for cooking, like other grains and pasta.
Coversely, sometimes the opposite applies. One cup of sliced mushrooms, when cooked, will shrink to about 1/2 cup of cooked mushrooms, and have you noticed what happens to 4 cups of fresh spinach when it’s cooked?
What seems at first glance to be a minor detail in the list of ingredients can make a big difference in the finished dish.


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