The Problem with Using Online Recipes (And How to Solve Them)

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After searching all corners of the internet to find the perfect recipes for your dinner party, you’ve hit a speed bump: The original recipe isn’t for the same number of people you’re planning to serve, or it’s written in measurements you’re not familiar with. Unfortunately, those are some common problems with converting recipes that you find online, and there aren’t many ways around them.

Here’s more about those issues and how GigaCalculator’s recipe scaler handles them to give you the information you need.

Scaling Isn’t Always Easy Dividing or Multiplying

Say you’re looking to convert a recipe that has a serving size for two people because you want to cook it for four people. That’s an easy enough situation when all you have to do is multiply each ingredient measurement by two in order to double the whole recipe. But what if the serving size is for six people and you want to scale the recipe make it for 15? Or, it’s for 10 people and you want to make it for three?

Figuring that out can mean a lot of valuable time spent remembering the tricks you learned in math class or playing with a calculator until you can get to the fun part of actually cooking. And if math isn’t your forte, a mistake in the calculations could lead to some kitchen disasters…

Scaling Online Between Imperial and Metric

Aside from these concerns, another issue with scaling online recipes that often comes up is the question of imperial versus metric measurements. Alas, one of the many ways the U.S. sets itself apart when it comes to units is by using the imperial system (ounces, cups, gallons, etc.) instead of the metric system (milliliters, liters, grams, etc.).

If the recipe you like happens to be written by someone in another country, such as the U.K., you’ll often need to first convert these units over before plugging them into a recipe scaler. It can be a pain to go through multiple conversions just to figure out, for instance, how much butter you need, let alone to do that for every ingredient listed. Even if you use a recipe converter, it is still an extra step before you can scale the recipe ingredients.

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GigaCalculator’s Recipe Scaler

GigaCalculator’s recipe scaler is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to figure out how much of each ingredient you need for your desired number of servings based on an online recipe. It can handle whatever original and desired serving size you give it and can make the imperial-to-metric or metric-to-imperial conversion at the same time. The tool essentially takes care of all of the mathematics you’d otherwise need to do in the kitchen.

As an added bonus on top of this, you can simply add in the URL of the recipe you want to convert or scale, and it will convert and scale the ingredients automatically.

While other online recipe scalers often don’t work when pasting in a recipe’s URL, thus delivering mistakes in measurement amounts, GigaCalculator’s can be counted on to convert ingredients accurately. You can also copy and paste the recipe’s ingredient list to be divided or multiplied, or paste in each ingredient separately, especially if you’re adding your own touch to the recipe. That is one less thing you need to worry about as part of your cooking prep work!

You don’t have to ditch a mouthwatering recipe just because it’s not for the exact number of servings you want or because it’s written in metric units that don’t fit with your kitchen’s measuring tools. With GigaCalculator’s recipe scaler, you can take any online recipe and make it fit your needs.

This entry was posted in Cooking, Lifestyle and tagged , , , , . By Cindy Brzostowski