How To: Approximate Recipes
30 Min

The Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Do you see cooks and chefs preparing food without measuring or without even looking at recipes? Do you want to be able to cook with that kind of freedom? Learning how to approximate recipes and measurements is an important part of learning how to cook. This lesson will help you practice those skills.
Student Learning Goals & Objectives: 
  • Try approximation in recipes. 
Teaching Notes: 
  • If students are completing this lesson as part of the kitchen curriculum Cooking with Curiosity: Challenging Perfection with Reflection this lesson is 2.9. The ninth lesson of Unit 2.
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