[Sca-cooks] Measurement Charts
karobert at unm.edu
Thu Oct 27 14:11:58 PDT 2011
I remember years ago watching Justin Wilson (the Cajun Chef) on TV doing the hand measurements and then putting the whatever into a measuring spoon/cup to prove to the audience that it was pretty accurate.
That's how I learned to regulate my 'free form' measuring.
>>> K C Francis <katiracook at hotmail.com> 10/27/2011 2:54 PM >>>
I have one of the sets and fully understand that they are a general best guess of the measurements and really only of use for those who don't ever want to estimate. There is even a new set: Dash, Drop, Smidgen, Pinch, Tad Measuring Spoon Set which I find great fun.
I feel that until measurements were standardized and accurate measuring cups/spoons were produced, a recipe produced a (however slightly) different result each time a cook made it and each cook's version was different. Your hand and my hand are not the same size. My handful is probably significantly more than yours. Cooking was usually taught person to person so one could SEE what the amounts looked like. I remember watching my mother pour salt into the palm of her hand. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! I asked. Aren't you going to MEASURE it! I learned that once you see a teaspoon of salt in your palm you can quickly come close enough every time.
Unless I am working with a new ingredient, or a special recipe, I do not use measuring cups/spoons for most things. Just like my mother.
> Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:04:14 -0400
> To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org
> From: ranvaig at columbus.rr.com
> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Measurement Charts
> >I have a set of these oh so useful measuring spoons (they're the only ones
> >still on their ring)
> The little spoons are fairly recent. Older recipes might not use the
> measurements so specifically.
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