In the kitchen, what is yield?

When it comes to cooking, the phrase “yield” refers to the number of servings that a dish produces. In most recipes, the term “yields” is used at the beginning or end of an ingredient list, followed by a number.

The term “yield” means to give forth or produce through a natural process or in exchange for cultivation, according to Dictionary.com. This formal phrase is used in many recipes to provide cooks a notion of how much food is generated as a result of a specific cooking technique. Instead of “yields,” some recipes use the terms “makes” or “serves,” but the idea is the same.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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