Tips on Cooking at Different Sea Levels

Did you ever think that altitude could change cooking times? It’s true! Certain aspects of cooking differ the higher you go above sea level. While there are no specific guidelines of how to judge your cooking times against your altitude, the best way is to start documenting how long specific things take you to cook. Here are a few different cooking elements that will be affected by your altitude:

  • Boiling water becomes easier. Water will boil at a lower temperature because of the decrease in atmospheric pressure.
  • Evaporation is quicker thus causing products to dry out faster.
  • Rising in food occurs faster. Anything with yeast, baking soda or baking powder will be extremely active because there is less pressure holding in the gases that cause foods to rise.

Remember that most recipes do not have guidelines for cooking at a higher altitude. Here are a few easy ways to adjust recipes:

  • If you’re at 5,000 feet above sea level, decrease the amount of baking soda in the recipe by 1/8.
  • Raise the temperature of your baked goods by about 15-20 degrees and shorten the cooking time.
  • Add an extra tablespoon of liquid per cup of liquid to help keep your recipe from drying out.

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