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Math and Cooking

I was trying to figure out the math for substituting Flax meal in recipes.
They say flax mean equals three times the oil or shortening. (x=3y)
I figure the other two thirds of the flax meal are fiber and carbs (x=3z/2)

I was racking my brain trying to figure the calculus for this I finally settled on 3y=x=3z/2

for a sample recipe of Basic Biscuits
2 cups flour
1 Tbs. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. butter, cold
3/4 cup milk

You could solve for butter 3*6=x=18 tbs. (1 1/8 cups)
then see how much flour that is 18 = 3z/2=36=3z=12tbs=3/4 cup of flour so you only need 1 1/4 cup flour to complete the recipe.

Or you could solve for flour x=3*2/2= 3 cups
then 3=3y=1 cup which is a lot more butter than the recipe calls for so I would go with the flour substitute.

They also say that 1 tablespoon flax seed plus 3 tablespoons water equals 1 egg. But I don't see how that works in cooking.

Comments

I imagine it would take some experimentation to get it just right.