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I'm pretty embarrassed to even ask this, but what does it mean when it says divided after an ingredient?
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Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 3:47 AM EDT
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I'm pretty embarrassed to even ask this, but what does it mean when it says divided after an ingredient?

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 5:55 AM EDT
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For instance, if the recipe calls for 2 cups ot chocolate morsels, you keep 1 cup aside and add when directed.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 6:35 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Seriously beginner question:
For instance, if the recipe calls for 2 cups ot chocolate morsels, you keep 1 cup aside and add when directed.
Posted by Mary Jo T



That makes sense, thank you. How do you know what measurement to keep things divided in to?

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 6:53 AM EDT
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Parts of the ingredient will be added at different times as stated in the recipe.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 6:54 AM EDT
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Hi  Heather - welcome to VBB.
Mary Jo answered your question just fine but I'm going to add a bit.  When a recipe says "divided" it means you'll use part of an ingredient in one section of a recipe and part in another. 
For example - if the recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate morsels, divided,... just read on in the recipe to see what amount they want you to use where.  It will say something like, "melt 1 1/2 cups of morsels and add to batter".  Then it will ask you to use the remaining 1/2 cup morsels on the top of the batter.
Did we make any sense? 

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 6:56 AM EDT
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I'm pretty embarrassed to even ask this, but what does it mean when it says divided after an ingredient?
Posted by Heather R


It would help if you post the recipe that you are asking the question about, that way someone can explain it better

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 7:40 AM EDT
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There are no "bad" questions, Heather!  Much better to ask BEFORE you try to make the recipe & find out what to do.  After you made a mistake simply because you didn't understand what some of the instructions meant, it can be too late to fix it.  Of course you do learn that way, but I prefer asking questions to take advantage of other people's experience if I can.  You will find people here on this site have lots of experience and are very generous about offering tips and advice. Smile

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 8:25 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Seriously beginner question : That makes sense, thank you. How do you know what measurement to keep things divided in to?
Posted by Heather R


Heather - the recipe will always tell you the exact amount of the divided ingredient to use - when and where.
Read the entire recipe before starting it.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 8:28 AM EDT
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I had q uestions in the begginning about this proggram at first.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 8:40 AM EDT
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Good luck hope you enjoy the site

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 8:53 AM EDT
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First off there is no question that is unaskable (new word for the day!!) Secondly, this is where reading the recipe instructions is most important!! Laughing

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 9:48 AM EDT
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Another tip I learned, thankfully, at the beginning of my baking days:  Read the recipe all the way through and gather all ingredients listed in the recipe and assemble them in your work area.  If you are missing an ingredient, you will know early enough not to have to go to the grocery store in the middle of making the recipe.  As I use each ingredient, I replace it in its stored place, thus I have a less cluttered work area at the end.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 11:25 AM EDT
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Hi PAT;In response to 'm embarassed to even ask this, but what does it mean when it says divided after an ingredient?
 I  think that's an EXCELLENT question; no need to be embarassedWink by needing to ask, how else wiil you learn things you do not know?Kiss "divided" tells   you that the ingredient  is going to be added in more than one part of the recipe; in stages; ( some in the beginning( saute step; more during  simmering & maybe more at the end, usually a seasoning, (t taste) some ingredients require al longer cooking ime or require differnt temperatures to bring out their best flavor or lose "something"if overcooked....I hope  I helped?????????GRANA]

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 11:42 AM EDT
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Hi HEATHER; i was taugh to always read the entire recipe FIRST; this way you will know how an ingredienti  is to be divided &  you can be sure you have all ingredients on hand & ready before to use before  you start cooking.I waas also taught to have all ingredients          ready to add &  set them ou. nearby in the order of their appearance in the recipe; this is usually the order in which they are listed.I use tiny cups ( shotglass or medicine cups for pre-meaured hebs& spices;  custard  cupsto hold pre-cut veggies (up to 1/2cup)or disposable plastic bags for other ingredients.I hope this helps?????GRANA

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Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 11:46 AM EDT
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HI NANCY; You are so very right &  explain it so wellInnocent !!!!!!Cool!!!!!!!! question:
Hi  Heather - welcome to VBB. Mary Jo answered your question just fine but I'm going to add a bit.  When a recipe says "divided" it means you'll use part of an ingredient in one section of a recipe and part in another.  For example - if the recipe calls for 2 cups of chocolate morsels, divided,... just read on in the recipe to see what amount they want you to use where.  It will say something like, "melt 1 1/2 cups of morsels and add to batter".  Then it will ask you to use the remaining 1/2 cup morsels on the top of the batter. Did we make any sense? 
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Seriously beginner question

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Hi NANCY; once  again you answer correctly & to the point!!!!!!Kiss!!!!!!!! Re: Seriously beginner question:
In Response to Re: Seriously beginner question : Heather - the recipe will always tell you the exact amount of the divided ingredient to use - when and where. Read the entire recipe before starting it.
Posted by Nancy G

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 12:06 PM EDT
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I think reading the recipe & gathering the ingredients before you start are the two most overlooked steps in cooking. 

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 12:14 PM EDT
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Several advised to read the recipe all the way through before starting any thing.  Also the suggestion that you assemble eveything in order before you start to mix is a good one.  It helps to be sure everything gets added and in the order needed.
The suggestion to return containers to their storage spot as soon as it is measured out is also good so that you don't double something by accident (baking soda & baking powder taste awful if doubled and the texture of the item is goofed up too).
Even some of us who have been baking forever occasionally goof up.   A great aunt who was a super baker confessed to making a sauce for a cake that was less than perfect and telling her family that it was pudding.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 12:34 PM EDT
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Heather don't ever feel embarassed about asking questions from these knowledgeable bakers/cooks. There is a lot of experience on this site and willing help.

Re: Seriously beginner question

posted at 9/16/2011 3:54 PM EDT
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It's better to ask questions now than to be sorry later.  Good luck with all your baking/cooking projects, Heather.
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