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How to Read a Recipe



For kids who already know how to read, learning to read a recipe is a little different and will require a little explaining on the adult's part.

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Here are some key points to teaching kids to read recipes. We have included an example to follow on how to read a recipe.


Power Strawberry Smoothie
Makes 2 servings
1 Cup milk
1 Tablespoon honey
1 1/2 Cups raspberries fresh or if frozen, thawed
1 1/2 Cups sliced bananas about 2 bananas
1 Cup raspberry yogurt
Fresh raspberries for topping, if desired

Pour milk, honey and yogurt into blender. Then add in raspberries and bananas. Blend several minutes until smooth. Top each glass with a fresh berry, if desired.
Approximate Prep time is 10 minutes.

Always read a recipe completely through before starting to prepare and cook. If you know how to read a recipe it will make your cooking experience easier. Make sure you have everything on hand and available.

Reading through your recipe will also give you a chance to understand each step. Sometimes recipes can be confusing and trying to understand what to do in the middle of preparing may be difficult.

How to Read a Recipe

  • Title: Power Strawberry Smoothie. The example begins with a title. This can be an explanation of what you are making or a title that is just for fun. For example, "Monkey Drink" could be the name of this recipe but it doesn't explain anything about the recipe except that it is a drink.


  • Servings. Sometimes recipes include a serving size. This will help in cooking to know how many people the finished product will serve. For for baked goods, like cookies, it will help you know how many dozen it should make. This is a guideline and is not always accurate. Some recipes don't include this information. In our sample recipe, it tells you it, Makes 2 servings.


  • List of ingredients.
    1 Cup milk
    1 Tablespoon honey
    1 1/2 Cups raspberries fresh or if frozen, thawed
    1 1/2 Cups sliced bananas about 2 bananas
    1 Cup raspberry yogurt
    Fresh raspberries for topping, if desired

    There are some key factors you need to know about how to read a recipe in regards to the list of ingredients. A list of ingredients is usually included at the beginning but sometimes ingredients are listed within the recipe itself. You'll need to teach kids about measurements, tablespoons, cups, etc. (or depending on where you live, Liters and milliliters.)

    Sometimes directions are included within the list of ingredients. For example; 1 onion, chopped, would mean you would need to chop the onion before adding it to the recipe. In this recipe example, 1 1/2 cups raspberries fresh or if frozen, thawed, means you will need to make sure your raspberries are thawed before adding them into the recipe. 1 1/2 cups sliced bananas, means make sure you slice the bananas before adding them to the smoothie.

    Another thing to look for in the list of ingredients is the word optional. Recipes sometimes include ingredients such as raisins or nuts that are not essential for the recipe but can be added in if desired. So, it will say 1 Cup raisins, optional. In this recipe example you will see fresh raspberries for topping, if desired. If desired or optional mean the same thing.

  • golden star Some recipes will only have a "C" or a "T" or a "t" which would stand for cup, tablespoon, and teaspoon. So, if a recipe called for 1 C sugar and 1/2 t of salt, then you would know that it's calling for 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  • Directions. This will give you a step-by-step explanation of what needs to be done in the cooking process. Read these carefully and follow accurately.
    Pour milk, honey and yogurt into blender. Then add in raspberries and bananas. Blend several minutes until smooth. Top each glass with a fresh berry, if desired.


  • Time. There are two times included in a recipe. Prep time, which is how much time is estimated it will take to prepare. Again this is just an estimate and may take a longer or shorter time depending on the chef's experience.

    The other time included in a recipe is baking time. This is more accurate and should be followed. In our example, Approximate Prep time is 10 minutes. There is no cooking time as the recipe doesn't require baking.
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