Few dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner will turn out well without measuring, even approximately, 9 ingredients. Find out in this article what solutions you have at hand to meet the requirements, regardless of the recipe you decide to approach.
Salt, sugar, spices, flour, pasta, milk – regardless of the form in which it is presented, the ingredients of a tasty dish must be carefully measured. How do you make sure you respect the quantities in the recipe? We tell you in this article, in short, what are the most used weighing methods that you can use with confidence.
Spoon, spoon, polish
You already have them at home, in the cutlery drawer, and you use them daily, although maybe without knowing exactly what and how much you can weigh with them. Most often you use the teaspoon to approximate the amount of ground coffee you put in the kettle, the sugar with which you sweeten the tea or the salt you add to the food. You can also use it for flour, although it is quite small, the spoon being more suitable for this ingredient.
But in order to benefit from the help of these very simple tools that can help you weigh food, it is necessary to know everyone's ability. This varies depending on the product whose weight you want to evaluate. Thus, when it comes to flour, a teaspoon of grated means 4g, one with a tip of 6g, a spoon of grated 12g, and a spoon with a tip contains 25g.
If you work with caster sugar, in a grated teaspoon you will be able to include 5g, and if you fill it with a top, 8g, in a grated spoon it will fit 16g, and in one with a top 23g. For cake recipes that include powdered sugar, it is good to know that a teaspoon of shaved has 4g, and one with a tip of 6g, a spoonful of shaved is equivalent to 17g, and one full of tip means an addition of 25g.
You can also use these cutlery to weigh liquids. Thus, in a teaspoon you can include 5ml of water, wine, vinegar, etc., and a spoon can contain 15ml. A very handy and useful solution for measuring larger amounts of liquid is polonium, which, in its large format, for soup, has a capacity of 400ml. Do not hesitate to use it to serve the right portions at every meal.
250ml cup or glass
Also from the category of endowments that you have at hand without knowing, or that you may already use, we remind you that good sources of information about the weight of the ingredients are also the glass and the cup.
The most used is usually the usual cup in which you can put about 250ml of water. According to specialists and tests done, you can use such a container to weigh 130g cocoa powder, 70g grated coconut, 180g couscous, 140g white flour or 180g cornmeal, 150g peas, 200g semolina, 120g milk powder, 340g honey or syrup, 200g rice, 60g breadcrumbs, 300g salt, 100g powdered sugar or 200g caster sugar.
For those who are used to preparing cocktails at home and for professionals, there are standard measurements in the form of two cups with a common bottom, each with a different capacity.
Also for evaluating liquids in general, it is good to know that a glass of liqueur has a capacity of about 45ml, a Hurricane model, with leg and round base, reaches up to 500ml, variants for brandy and whiskey can be filled with 100ml liquid, and those small tuica or shots can accept a volume of 30 to 50ml.
Measuring cups and racks
In many online and traditional stores you will find sets of measuring cups. With a format similar to those used to estimate the dose of medicinal syrups, these instruments usually vary in capacity between 60 and 240ml, but you will also find smaller and larger versions.
The shelves have a format similar to a small shovel with high sides and are mainly used to weigh flour, coffee beans, etc. But you will also find models designed for liquids, with a completely closed interior. Both the buckets and the scaffolds are equipped with a handle, to be used more easily.
Graduated vessel or cup
The graduated cup is missing from a few households and is one of the simplest tools specially designed to weigh ingredients, which you can use. Its total capacity differs depending on the model, most being framed between 300 and 1000ml. Most have two scales, one for liquids, expressed in milliliters and another for flour, in grams. However, some versions will have additional gradations for sugar, coffee or oil.
You'll also find options that include the ounce alternative (fl oz) and help you adapt more easily to the recipes you pick up from English-language sites. If you do not have such a measurement it is good to know that you can approximate an ounce using two tablespoons full of that ingredient.
The kitchen scale
Of course, the simplest and safest method is to use a kitchen scale . You can opt for the cheap, mechanical versions, without additional functions, which show you weight directly, without even having to press an On / Off button. They do not need batteries, and the only elements you need to pay attention to when buying them, apart from the brand, are the minimum and maximum accepted weight and the measuring division.
For those who prefer modern options, with digital display, memory, function of addition or change of zero value, to be able to weigh the ingredients with the vessel in which it is, there are a multitude of options.
Do you want to be able to measure calories at the same time? Another scale can help you, if you are looking for a version that contains in memory a database with the most popular ingredients.
If so far we have talked about small and discreet table scales, designed to be placed on a horizontal support and measure small quantities, it is good to know that there are also spring scales, which are held in the hand, more suitable for heavier weights. Such an instrument will be useful, for example, if you buy bags of potatoes, onions or beans, or pork for the holidays.