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what does divided mean

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vince hav's picture
vince hav

what does divided mean

ive read a few reciepes that call for  the butter or even the olive oil to be "divided". what does that mean?

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KansasGirlStuck...

When a recipe says in the list of ingredients that something is divided it means that that item is not used completely in one step.  If you read through the recipe it should say, given the example 12 T butter, to use 8 T butter in step one and then later in the recipe to use the remaining 4 T butter in step 5.


I have a recipe for brown sugar cookies that the bulk of the butter is browned, but a few tablespoons are held back to be added to the recipe later.  Some recipe writers state the division up front while others state it as the recipe is written.

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vince hav

ha! your right that makes sense..just read the recipe and it called for 1tblspn in mix and "the remaining" used later. thanks