Preparing a food takes much of the work, whether you are a home cook or a professional chef. Making a tasty dish takes a lot of patience and skill from; planning to the preparing stage. For this purpose, one needs to take measurements of the ingredients mentioned in the recipe. Most of the cooks do not measure the ingredients every time because they have been cooking for a long time, and they know the exact quantity of items in the recipe. They do not even bother to measure the ingredients. For a new cook or while cooking at home, you need to measure the items for preparing a food. There is a basic rule of thumb while preparing food, a teaspoon of salt, pepper, oil, butter, etc.
Importance of Measuring When Cooking
Cooking is science. It is just like a chemical reaction happening between your ingredients. Fortunately, you cannot add the ingredients; like a pinch of that and a dollop of this. You have to be precise about the ingredients otherwise, the food will not be as tasty as it is expected to be. For example, if you add too many spices and less salt, then it will be all spicy which will not be eatable by your family or friends. Taking measurements of the ingredients is; foremost to make the perfect dish.
Cooking Measurement Conversions
You can simply use the conversion table to make sure that you are adding the perfect amount of ingredients, for the preparation of the food. The conversion table is as following:
|Unit of measurement||Equivalent|
|Pinch or dash||Less than 1/8 teaspoon|
|3 teaspoons||1 tablespoon|
|2 tablespoons||1 fluid oz.|
|4 tablespoons||¼ cup|
|5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoons||1/3 cup|
|16 tablespoons||1 cup|
|1 cup||8 fluid oz.|
|2 cups||1 pint or 16 fluid oz.|
|2 pints||1 quart or 32 fluid oz.|
|4 quarts||1 gallon or 128 fluid oz.|
Conversion of metric cooking measurements to standard measurements
|15 milliliters||1 tablespoon|
|500 milliliters||1 pint = 2 cups|
|1 liter||1 quart = 2 pints = 4 cups|
|1 gram||.035 ounces|
|1 kilogram||2.2 pounds|
Dry Measuring Tools
Dry measuring cups are made, to be filled with a dry ingredient such as flour, baking powder, sugar, cocoa powder, spices, yeast, salt, etc., and then leveled. Depending on the recipe of baking! The dry ingredients are not only measured by volume, but they are also measured in weight. You can measure the dry ingredients using a measuring cup or spoon. You have to keep in mind, that the volume of the dry ingredient could be changed due to sifting, spooning, and scooping. To avoid any miscalculation, you can use the dip and sweep method.
Dip and Sweep
- Take a wide-mouthed container and fill it with dry ingredients.
- Drip the measuring cup or spoon in the dry ingredient and let it overflow.
- Now use a spatula or flat-edged knife to level the overflowed dry ingredients in the container.
This is how you are going to measure the dry ingredient correctly!
Measuring dry ingredients in volume
The measurement of the dry ingredient in the means, of the volume, is sometimes not accurate because of the packing of the ingredients in the cup. It can vary up to 15%; How you have filled the cup with the floor or anything dry for baking. However, you can use a digital kitchen scale for measuring the volume of the dry ingredient.
- Place a bowl on the digital kitchen scale.
- For each time, you have to turn the scale of the weighing machine to zero.
- Now, spoon in your ingredients slowly to get them; ideal volume of the dry ingredient as mentioned in the recipe.
- Now you can put all of your ingredients in the mixing bowl for baking
- This will considerably reduce your time and effort.
The My Weigh KD-8000 scale is the perfect scale that features a removable LCD screen protector cover, that helps protect against many weighing issues such as recipes, candle making, spills, and more!
Percentage: The weighing machine shows the weight in percentage, which is a great function for baking and soap making.
Modes: It comes with a Large mode having a capacity of 8000 grams. The additional 4 weighing modes are of lbs, lbs/oz, oz, and kg
Easy Clean: The stainless-steel platform for weighing the ingredients is easy to clean.
Shield: For messy applications, there is a hinged gunk shield for weighing.
Display: The display is very bright with backlit, making it bright.
This measuring cup set includes:
Set of 4 measuring cups: There are different sizes of the cup such as ¼ cup (59 milliliters), 1.3 cup (79 milliliters), ½ cup (118 milliliters), and 1 cup (237 milliliters).
Durability: These measuring cups can be used for both liquid and dry ingredients. They are made of BPA-free plastic. The readable measurements are printed on the handle in both standard and metric units.
Organized storage: The measuring cups are nested with a thick plastic ring within each other for organized storage.
Dishwasher Safe: These measuring cups are easy to wash and dishwasher safe. The top rack of the dishwasher is recommended for washing the measuring cups.
Lifetime Limited Included: The measuring cups come with a 1-year hassle-free replacement and they have a lifetime warranty.
Importance of Measuring Liquid Ingredients
The success of food preparation depends on using the right amount of ingredients as directed in the recipe. The only way to get the right amount is to measure or weigh each ingredient; an estimate won’t be exact!
Liquid measuring cups are typically made with a spout; and are graduated with volume markings, for easy and clear measurement of liquids. Volume marks on liquid measuring cups always fall well below the spout, making it easy to transfer liquids from one cup to another. It also means that measuring a dry ingredient, like flour, is not as easy in a liquid measuring cup because the contents cannot be leveled.
You can use a dry measuring cup to measure the milk but filling it to the rim will not be a good idea. You might spill some of it while pouring it into the bowl. This is where the liquid measuring cups come in handy!
Liquid Measuring Tools
The set of 7-piece nesting measuring beaker consists of 1-cup, 2/3 cup, 2-oz, 1-Tsp, and 1-tsp beakers. If you want to measure liquids such as water, milk, oil, vinegar, stock, vanilla extract, and more for your baking session, then this beaker set will be best for you. For easy filling and pouring of the liquid, there is a funnel-shaped top and spout. The beakers can nest for compact storage in your kitchen. The flat and stable bases of the beakers make them perfect for setting out the liquid ingredients. Also, it is time-saving while baking. The marking on the beakers is easy to read because of their bright color. If you want to wash them in the dishwasher, then the top-rack is the safe rack for washing these beakers.
Kitchen Conversion Chart
Dry measurements are generally not used in recipes in the United States. Home cooks or chefs in the United States typically measure ingredients by volume rather than weight. Dry measurements are mainly used to measure fresh produce. Do not mix the dry measure with the liquid measure. They are not the same!
In the United States, measuring liquids is not only used for liquids; like water and milk. It is used to measure other ingredients like flour, sugar, shortening, butter, and all other liquids in the kitchen.
For measuring dry and liquid ingredients of the recipe, you can use the conversion chart. It will make it convenient for the cook or chef to make the perfect food or in baking.
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A soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake or a collapsed dry mess. The difference between the two lies in the accuracy with which you measure the ingredients. Baking is a style of cooking that needs extreme precision in measuring ingredients. A single mistake in the recipe can change your cooking result from delicious to inedible. For this purpose, you can use the dry and liquid measurement instruments and kitchen conversion chart consisting of different measurement scales to cook a perfect dish.