Recipe notes, usually located at the bottom of the recipe after the instructions, are a place where the writer can share any alternatives or additional information about the recipe. This can be anything from ingredient substitutions to freezing instructions, so keep reading to find out what you can include in your recipe notes!
Substitutions are a great way of making your recipe more accessible to a global audience, as well as providing alternatives for individuals with dietary restrictions. If your recipe is published online, it will reach readers from all over the world, so it is important to consider adding substitutions for regional ingredients. This also applies to alternative variations of ingredients, like different types of proteins or vegetables - just be sure to include changes in cook times if needed! The New York Times has a great article on the fundamentals of cooking substitutions.
E.g. Njama Njama is traditionally made from huckleberry, but in this recipe, we will substitute it with seasonal turnip greens.
Including a rough estimate for how many servings your recipe makes will help your reader increase or decrease the ingredient quantities as needed. It is also the perfect opportunity to suggest what to serve your dish with, like a specific protein type, side dish, or beverage pairing - as well as how to present your dish to your hungry guests.
E.g. This Sierra Leonean groundnut stew can be served with any swallow you enjoy - we recommend fufu in particular!
Leftover tips can encourage your reader to not worry about the serving size, as they can always store or freeze portions for another day. Include any advice you might follow when freezing or reheating the leftover dish, and be sure to check out Lauren Greutman’s article on common ingredients that freeze well. If your dish doesn’t freeze well, you can always recommend freezing uncooked components instead.
E.g. If you want to save some for later, freeze each puff pastry parcel uncooked. Fully thaw before cooking, and don’t forget to brush on an egg wash before you pop them in the oven.
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