The Basics of Writing Good Directions and Recipes #7

#7 Combine associated steps into a single notation.

It’s a great idea to save on page space by combining associated steps into a single notation. Examples below.

COMBINED-

  1. Heat oil in skillet, over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, diced potatoes, black pepper and half the salt. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

NOT COMBINED-

  1. Set burner to medium high heat.
  2. Heat oil
  3. Add diced potatoes
  4. Add minced garlic
  5. Add black pepper
  6. Add half the salt
  7. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes
  8. Stir occasionally.

While you might think you’re being as descriptive as possible, you’re not. By the time you finish writing this recipe it’s gonna be on 3 pages long. It’s a recipe not sheet music.

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