Five Tips for Cooking at Different Altitudes

Most recipes today are written as if you will be preparing the dish at sea level. However, it’s important to make some easy adjustments to your recipes if your kitchen is located at higher altitudes to ensure what you’re whipping up is as tasty as can be. Once you hit about 5,000 feet above sea level, remember to utilize these important adjustments:

  1. Decrease the amount of baking powder by 1/8.
  2. Raise the baking temperature by 15-20 degrees and decrease cooking time by a few minutes to avoid the possibility of collapse.
  3. Try adding an extra tablespoon of flour per cup of flour to help baked goods stay together and not rise too quickly.
  4. Consider adding an extra tablespoon of liquid per cup of liquid to keep baked goods moist.
  5. Rising is faster, so be careful with anything that calls for yeast, baking powder or baking soda, as it will be very active.


Keep in mind that at higher altitudes boiling water gets easier, evaporation is quicker and the air tends to be dryer. Enjoy!

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