How to Free Yourself from Recipes with a Few Golden Cooking Ratios
For baking, I got familiar with baker's percentages and that made life a lot easier. Similar to the ratios you mention, but more flexible. They are based on flour, so flour is always listed as 100%. Other ingredients are listed compared to that. So, for example, a simple bread might be: flour 100%water 66% (66% of the amount of flour used)salt 2% (2% the amount of flour used)yeast 1% (1% the amount of flour used) If you bake different types of bread, the formulas become easier to remember than recipes or straight ratios. Also, with a stock, don't forget to start the bones in cold water.