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How do I modify recipes for higher altitudes?

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Ask Peggy

DEAR PEGGY: We live 6,700 feet above sea level. I'm rarely able to use recipes for baked goods because I'm not sure how to modify them. Could you please print the changes for higher altitudes? —F.G., Lyons, Colorado

Our recipes are tested in our Greendale, Wisconsin, test kitchen—760 feet above sea level. Unfortunately, we can't re-create high-altitude baking conditions here. But, local county extension offices (found in your phone book's government section) are very knowledgeable about such things and happy to offer guidance on baking in your area.