I’d like to offer toppings for my recipe, like sour cream or Parmesan cheese. Do I have to indicate how much of those toppings to use, since each person will add toppings as they like?
You should indicate suggested amounts in your recipe. This will allow the test kitchen staff to evaluate the recipe as you intended. Please note that toppings must be included as one of your eight ingredients.
Does a garnish in my recipe count as one of my eight ingredients?
Yes, any recipe garnish must be listed as one of your eight ingredients.
Do cooking sprays count as an ingredient?
If you use the cooking spray for pan preparation, it does not count as an ingredient but should be mentioned in the method of your recipe. If cooking spray is used on food during recipe preparation, it does count as one of your eight ingredients and should be included in the ingredient list.
If two of the same containers of product (e.g. cinnamon rolls) are used in the recipe, would the two containers count as one ingredient?
Yes, two containers of the exact same product counts as one ingredient.
If I suggest an accompaniment like rice in my recipe, will the kitchen testers determine that amount?
If an ingredient or accompaniment other than salt (table, kosher or sea salt), black pepper, flour for dusting, or water is essential for the finished dish, the recipe Entry should provide the amount of the ingredient needed and it must be listed as one of your eight ingredients.
Can you explain what should be included in preparation time?
Any time spent actively preparing your recipe is part of the 30-minute preparation time. This includes chopping, mixing, stirring (frequently or occasionally), or any time that you are actively working on your recipe. This does not include marinating, baking, cooling or chilling time.
What if my recipe includes both cooking and baking steps, and requires multiple pans? How should I list this in my recipe?
Please describe in detail all pans and other tools used in your “Recipe Steps” and/or the “Pans or Dish Type and Size” entry form boxes.
I want to use flavored salts or peppers (such as garlic salt or lemon pepper) in my recipe. Can they be used as salt and pepper in my recipe and not count as one of my eight ingredients?
No. Plain salt (table, kosher or sea salt) and black pepper are the only salt and pepper ingredients that do not count as one of your eight ingredients.
Can I enter a recipe that uses a preparation method like marinating overnight or cooking for 8 to 10 hours in a slow cooker?
Yes. The only time limitation for your recipe is 30 minutes of active prep time. There is no limitation on total recipe time.
Can I enter a recipe that uses grilling as a preparation method?
Yes. Grilling is an acceptable preparation method for a recipe.
Many recipes online and in cookbooks use raw ingredients like eggs and flour without cooking or baking them. Can I submit a recipe using raw ingredients without a baking or cooking step?
No. Recipes that contain eggs, baking mixes, flour, cookie dough or other fresh dough products require a baking or cooking step.