Should you capitalize ingredients in a recipe?
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When a recipe calls for an ingredient with a name that includes a proper noun, that specific person, place, and/or thing is capitalized: Thai chiles; Creole mustard; Callebaut chocolate. This applies to ingredient lists as well when the ingredient follows a quantity; if the ingredient is listed first it is standard practice to capitalize it (see photo for examples).
Correct: 2 tablespoons sea salt
Incorrect: 2 tablespoons Sea Salt
Correct: 10 Oreo cookies
Incorrect: 10 oreo cookies