Spoons, Cups Don't Always Measure Up!
Are you wondering what I'm talking about here? I read an article
not to long ago that said just that. Not all measuring cups and tablespoons are
the same. So I decided to give it a test. I got out my plastic, metal and glass
measuring cups. Sure enough they are not the same. Each one was different by a
tablespoon or more and that depended on which tablespoon I used.
Have I got you completely confused now? The bottom line is, in most things it
may not make a difference. If you think it might be affecting a recipe you are
using, weight out the ingredients instead. This could be important when dealing
with bread, flour and pastries. In a professional kitchen almost everything is
done by weight.
A bigger problem may be the habits we have than our tools. Before using flour
you should fluff it up. Stick a spoon in it and give it a stir. Use the back of
the knife to level off the cup. Almost every recipe I use that calls for brown
sugar requires it be packed down in the cup when you measure. You can use the
back of a spoon to do this.
And it also may explain the age old question of why that great recipe you got
from your best friend just isn't the same when you make it.
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