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Measuring Techniques for the Beginner Cook

by Sarah Fahad

For a beginner cook dipping their toes in culinary waters for the first time, the recipe book is the equivalent of the holy Grail. Any deviations from the prescribed method rarely pay off especially in those first few tries. For a newbie to pull an entire dish together successfully a lot depends upon adhering to the recipe. A vital part of the process includes being meticulous about measuring the ingredients. If measuring leaves your mind in a bit of a muddle, refer to this handy guide for measuring techniques. ‘Inch by inch cooking will become a cinch and yard by yard you will learn to cook smart!” to borrow from a wise sage.

Measuring liquids

To measure liquids the measuring cup is a wonderful tool. It specifies pints, litres, ml or fl oz. Simply place the cup on a level surface. Pour the liquid and bend down to check if it aligns with the specified mark.

 

 

 

 

Measuring Liquid Quantities in Spoons

Measuring Liquid Quantities in Spoons

Simply use a measuring spoon and fill it up to the brim with the desired liquid. Remember to keep the spoon away from the bowl you are supposed to add it to, in order to avoid any extra spillage.

 

 

 

 

Measuring Dry Quantities in Spoons

Measuring Dry Quantities with Spoons

Scoop up the dry ingredient with the measuring spoon. Level it out, getting rid of the excess quantity. Add it to your recipe. You can use a knife for leveling purposes to align the quantity with the spoon.

 

 

 

 

Measuring Dry Quantities in Cups

Measuring Dry Quantities in Cups

Scoop up the dry ingredient with the cup. Level it out, getting rid of the excess quantity. Add it to your recipe. You can use a spoon for leveling purposes in order to align the ingredient quantity with brim of the cup. Do remember to press the dry ingredient into the cup first before you swipe the excess off .

 

 

 

 

Weighing Dry Ingredients

Weighing Dry Ingredients

This is best accomplished by using kitchen scales. Spoon or pour the dry ingredient onto the weighing tray and read the weight illustrated by the digital display or needle.

 

 

 

 

Measuring Butter

Measuring Butter

Use the weight specified on the wrapper as a guide to divide the slab and cut. Alternatively, one can also cut off cubes with a knife and use the measuring scale to weigh them.

 

 

 

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