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Where to learn what ratios to use in cooking?

I am learning to cook. I want to know whether there is a good resource at what ratios of ingredients to use when I am cooking. Thank You. :)
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Stir fry sauce quantity

I am trying to create written instructions for making stir fry for some rather inexperienced cooks to follow. One dilemma that I'm having is describing the amount of sauce to use. How would you ...
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Convert seed based measurements to pre-ground?

I want to use a recipe that gives ingredient measurements based on the spice seeds. My local grocery store does not have at least half of the ingredients in seed form. But the store does have them ...
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What do you use to measure the weight of ingredient?

EDIT: I welcome recommendation of scales and alternatives to weigh the ingredients. I don't have a single tools to measure the weight of ingredient. I came across recipe with different weight: 1/4 ...
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How to judge quantity of fresh pasta dough per person

Tomorrow I'll be making a big batch of fresh pasta for about 7-8 people. I know that if I'm using dried or bought fresh pasta, I usually count on about 125-150g per person, depending on the pasta ...
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Tripling a baking recipe

I have a cupcake recipe that I've doubled successfully in the past. I'd like to triple it for an upcoming party but I seem to recall reading that some ingredients don't work as well if tripled. Is ...
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What does “spooned and leveled” mean?

I'm looking at a recipe that lists the following as an ingredient: 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) What exactly does this mean? Is this literal - i.e. spoon it into the measuring ...
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Why are baking measurements such nice round numbers?

I've heard over and over that when it comes to baking, measurements cannot be ignored, and you need to be very precise. This question covers how precise a measurement of flour should be, for example. ...
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Any advice to help me form and shape stuff more uniformly?

I get frustrated by recipes which call for the cook to shape or form little balls out of a dough or cake or biscuit mix. The recipe will say something like "form into little walnut sized balls ... ...
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How to tell the proper amount of oil to use when sautéing vegetables and meat?

A common meal That I make in a pinch is Italian sausage with peppers and onions. I'll cut up a few red and yellow peppers, a whole onion, and throw it in a pan with some olive oil. Once the vegetables ...
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When a recipe calls for a cup of chopped nuts, should they be measured before chopping or after chopping?

It seems like it would throw off recipe since you can fit more in once they are chopped?
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Baker percentages, weights, volumes, and such

So a basic bread recipe might look like (off top of head, not sure if these amounts make any sense) 100 Bread Flour 30 Water 1 oil .... I know the flour is in weight ounces, but often times in ...
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When used for measuring ingredients in cooking what is the difference between a “dry ounce” and a “liquid ounce”?

I've seen numerous recipes that call for measuring "liquid ounce" but at the same time telling you to measure something like flour as "dry ounce" - I've even seen references to "fluid ounces". Are ...
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1/4 cup of shredded basil OR 1/4 cup of basil that is then shredded?

I am thinking of making a Chicken Parmigiana that I found on the Lidia's Italy website - http://lidiasitaly.com/recipes/detail/398. The recipe calls for "1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, shredded." I am ...
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How do I work out how large a cake tin I have?

I am making a cake and the recipe calls for a 900g/2lb loaf tin. How do I work out if the loaf tin I have is the correct size - or how do I work out how big my tin is so I know whether to scale the ...
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Cups v. weighing scales - is there an historical explanation?

Broadly speaking UK recipes will specify amounts by weight (lbs/ounces or metric), whereas American recipes will specify amounts by volume (cups). Is there an explanation for how the two different ...
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How to know how salty is my soup without tasting?

This is a sister to this question. I need a method or a trick to measure (or guess) how saline is my food using normal tools or substances available on the super-market Any help?
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How to measure food acidity

I am asking about a method or a trick to measure (or guess) how acidic is food. Please don't suggest any expensive tool; this will be for home usage only.
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Can I weigh without a set of scales?

So I'm at my sister's house, and it turns out she doesn't have any scales. I need to weigh 120g of castor sugar. What can I do?
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Standard weight conversions for converting cups of flour to grams of flour?

I hate the idea of measuring flour using something as imprecise as measuring scoop. What numbers do you treat as definitive/authoritative/canonical for doing weight conversions for different types of ...
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Cup measurements: shake or scrape?

When you are measuring out your flour, sugar, etc with the measuring cups, is it better to scoop and then shake the cup to get a leveled cup, or scoop and then use a knife to scrape off the excess. ...
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Do I need to sift flour that is labeled sifted?

Is there really an advantage to sifting flour that I bought that was labeled 'sifted'?