• 2. Trust your instincts in adapting recipes: If you're not into spending that much cash all at once, and cooking ahead, look for recipes that are easily divisible and put some real effort into learning to cook by feel. Instead of fretting how to divide 1/4 teaspoon of something into three, just trust your gut and know a small pinch will work out.
• 3. Invite friends over: Even if you're cooking for one on a regular basis, it can help to invite friends over once a week or more to test out your skills. Learning to cook a new recipe can be easier when you're making it in its full amount, and then you can better trust your gut later when splitting it and reducing tricky measurements down for fewer servings.
• 4. Ask for smaller cuts of meat: Most recipes are easy to scale down, but some call for a specific cut of meat. Never be afraid to ask your butcher to cut a piece of meat in half and even package some separately for freezing. No one has ever complained about having leftover steak for impromptu breakfast tacos or salad topping. It's when you throw in pasta and rice that your refrigerator can suddenly feel overwhelming.
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