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For cooking, divide means that you are separating one component of the recipe/food from the other. This could be because it is being used later, needs to be added into the recipe slowly, or simply because there is too much.


Difficulty to learn: Easy

Some Thoughts For You:

Let’s say you are cooking and you notice that the recipe calls for 1 cup of chopped onions. However, next to this there is the word “divided”. This means that the ingredient will be used over the course of the recipe, and will not be used all at once. For instance, perhaps you need to layer the onions between sheets of pasta. Each ingredient should only be listed once at the beginning, so “divided” is easier than repeating “1/4th of a cup of onions” four times in a row.

What You Will Need:

Most dividing can be accomplished by eyeballing the amounts. If the recipe calls for precise dividing of ingredients, consider using measuring cups or measuring spoons.

Make sure that the area you keep the unused ingredient is clean and covered to avoid bacteria landing on your food.

Tips For You:

  • Even if the recipe does not call for an exact measurement of an ingredient, using a clear measuring cup will help you gauge how much of the ingredient you have used.

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