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Cooking for One Can Be Difficult

Updated on June 26, 2013
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A retired single guy that likes to cook and bake and respects the value of quality tools in the kitchen or barbecue on the balcony.

Not bad but we will do better
Not bad but we will do better

Cooking for One – Overview

It sounds like it should be simple but the truth is it can be more difficult than cooking for a larger number and you will end up wasting a lot of money on ingredients that go bad in the refrigerator, rot away on top of the refrigerator or go moldy in cupboards like baked goods.

The vast majority of recipes you will find are for larger numbers of people, whether they are in the good old cookbooks that your mother so masterfully used or today’s more common method of “Google” it and go from there. (Interesting how Google has become a word like Kleenex is. That’s a whole ‘nother hub).

The reason is actually quite simple when you look at it more closely. Recipes tend to get written by those that prepare food. (Duh! I can’t actually use the words I would in real life here. This is a family show). And people who like to cook often come from large families are cook for large groups which can include family, church groups, restaurants and myriads of other social groups. So they write their recipes the way they actually do them and the quantity is recorded accordingly.

So that leaves us poor singles that enjoy food a little out of the loop. It isn’t that easy sometimes to dial down a recipe to make for one and you are very likely to end up wasting ingredients because you have to buy them in a greater quantity than you can consume before they go bad.

So all of the recipes I will write about on will be aimed directly at the single user so they get the privilege of enjoying good food as well. That doesn’t mean that you can’t use these recipes for a larger group. In most cases, you will only have to multiply the cooking ingredients by the number of people you will be serving (I also try to tell you what other things you will need to prepare the meal. Hubpages only has one ingredient module per recipe so that is why I call it “The stuff you need” since It often talks about the utensils that make the recipe easier to make).

Getting it all started

So that being said, I would like to share some observations I have made since I embarked on this sort of cookbook within a shared website approach. Keep in mind that I have personally tried every one of the recipes you will find under my name Bozoplay (which is another story in itself, maybe two and yes I do like to ramble). And I tried a lot of variations, as you will, because that is what makes preparing food so much fun.

The main focus here is to try to prepare tasty and often nutritious food for one person from items that you are likely to have in the house or apartment (the latter in my case) and to limit trips to the grocery store. Also we want to find ways to better utilize ingredients so that we can use them up before they go off or find alternate solutions such as freezing part of the quantity bought, using the basic ingredient in a lot of meals but in a small quantity, etc.

We also need to have the right preparation tools readily available and the more flexible they are the better. The main cooking items will include the stovetop, the oven, the microwave oven, the barbecue (electric in my case on the balcony, apartment rules don’t need to be mess with but it would have been nice if they provided the electrical outlet on the balcony) and a crockpot—6-cup size is plenty here and it only gets used on low.

Each recipe will try to explain that in more detail and will provide some food for thought as well as your stomach (both will be better off after reading them). And you might get a little entertainment thrown in there as well. So you might be inclined to use those category thing-a-ma-bobs at the bottom of each hub that ask you to check if you thought it was useful, funny, etc. or even all of the above. You can even rate the recipe after you tried it if you like (Doesn’t matter to me about what rating is there, my ego can take it).

So it won’t be gourmet cooking for one nor will it be hash slinging for one. It’s gonna’ end up somewhere in between—a kind of Emeril for the single people out there who don’t have the time to watch his show.

And I promise you a good time and that is no lie (my Mom taught me not to lie, she did a good job and I wish she could see the results of her hard work today).

Maybe they have the Internet in heaven.

Here’s some of the recipes that are available on Hubpages at the time of this writing.

(I had to go get a couple of Kleenex’s)

Cooking for One and Having Fun at the same time


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    • peachpurple profile image


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah, i am having a hard time cooking for one person too. You have to calculate how much quantity of ingredients you need to cook for a person. Sometimes, you just cooked too much for a person because you are used to cooking for 2 or more persons. Voted useful


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