What Does "Divided" Mean In a Recipe Ingredients List?

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 When a recipe ingredient is followed by "divided," it simply means the ingredient will be added to the recipe in parts. 

As an example, in a macaroni and cheese recipe, you might see "6 tablespoons of butter, divided."

In that example, the first 4 tablespoons of butter will be used to make the cheese sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons will be used to make the buttered bread crumbs. 

Some recipes divide the ingredients list into sections with the butter (or another ingredient) listed twice, for instance.

Others will have the "divided" caveat.

It's always a good idea -- both for clarity and to spot errors -- to read the recipe from start to finish before beginning.

Recipes with "Divided" Ingredients