Maybe it is your aunt’s famous oatmeal cookies or a recipe found in a cherished cookbook, sharing these recipes with your readers is an extension of your love of food.
So you take these amazing recipes and add them to your blog hoping that in sharing your readers will experience the same joy you did in creating it. You add the ingredients, type out a few instructions, and then you press publish.
Was it enough to provide a great recipe to your audience?
Was the recipe clearly presented to your readers?
Be aware, passing along incorrect information can set up any great recipe for failure. So, before adding your next recipe here are a few tips to ensure your readers always come back for seconds.
Recipe defined as – a set of instructions for preparing a particular dish, including a list of the ingredients required.
Easy tips for Recipe Writing:
Be considerate to your audience. When writing your recipe take into account the skill level of your audience. If your recipe calls for 1 cup toasted pecans, be sure to include how to toast the pecans. Also, if homemade chicken stock is called for, make sure to give the option of canned stock. This allows each reader with a different skill level to enjoy your recipe.
List ingredients in order of use. Recipes should always be given in step-by-step instructions adding the ingredients in the order needed help to clarify the method, allowing the reader to plan, shop and prepare.
For example, if a zest and juice of a lemon is needed, list the zest first and then the juice since that is the order in which the preparation will be done.
Taking the time out to include these tips is appreciated by your audience – as they offer guidance and knowledge.
Do not forget to include the salt, pepper and oil.
Measurements. Where your audience knows that Tablespoon can be abbreviated as Tbsp, stick with tablespoon or teaspoon on your recipes giving your readers consistency and assuring the dish is made properly. A deliciously executed recipe will keep your audience craving more.
The Preparation. Always indicate the utensils; cookware, baking dishes needed at the beginning of each recipe. Start each step with a verb (stir, mix, toss) this give the reader a plan. Provide cooking temperatures as the recipe develops.
For Example, “On the stove top, simmer on low heat or Sear 4- 6 minutes on each side, boil pasta for 8 minutes.”
Proofread. Proofread. Proofread. Once the recipe is written, make sure all ingredients are listed in the correct order, and no steps have been left out.
Always credit the source. If the recipe used, has been adapted from another, give credit where credit is due!
As an example, add “Adapted from Martha Stewart‘s Cookies ” below the recipe.
Sharing recipes should be a joy, not a task.
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