We’ve all seen recipes that ask for you to add a ‘pinch’ of this, or a ‘dash’ of that. Plenty of recipes even leave it up to you. How many times have you seen ‘salt, to taste’ in a recipe?
But, for certain recipes, especially for breads or cakes, there is a requirement for a much more rigid approach with precise measuring of ingredients.
Even the slightest error can product disastrous results. I’ve ended up with soggy, unrisen bread in the past, all because I wasn’t accurate with my ingredient measuring.
I’ve already told you last week how invaluable a good set of measuring cups are. Today, I’m going to talk about measuring spoons.
Now, many people wonder if they need measuring spoons. After all, most recipes call for a tablespoon of this, or a teaspoon of that, and most people have those at home already.
The problem here is that the teaspoons and tablespoons you have in your kitchen are designed for eating with. They are cutlery.
This means that edges are rounded off and smooth, so you have the best experience when placing these utensils containing food in your mouth.
However, this also means these utensils are not great for measuring. A good set of measuring spoons will be shaped differently to cutlery spoons, which will allow you to measure much more accurately.
Here’s what to look for in a set of measuring spoons, and how to use them so you are guaranteed correct measures of ingredients, every time!
Choose measuring spoons where the spoon rim and handle are level for accurate measuring
When the spoon rim and handle are level, you will have the most accurate of measurements.
Simple dip your spoon into your ingredient and then bring up to eye level. The ingredient should be flush with the spoon rim and handle.
For dry ingredients, it’s even easier. Just swipe a clean knife blade over the surface to get the exact measurement.
Choose spoons that have a perfect circular shaped scoop
Cutlery tablespoons and teaspoons are usually elongated in shape. These can be difficult to use when trying to get into small jars and containers of ingredients.
Circular shaped scoops are much easier to get into every corner of even the smallest container.
Choose spoon sets that have very small measurements, such as 1/4 of a teaspoon, 1/8 of a teaspoon etc.
This is all about accuracy. How often have you seen a recipe call for a tiny amount of ingredient, such as 1/8 of a teaspoon?
So you proceed to use a normal cutlery teaspoon and try to ‘eyeball’ what an 1/8 of a spoon is – not accurate!
A good set of measuring spoons will, of course, have a teaspoon and tablespoon measurement, but look for sets that will also give you half a tablespoon, 1/4 of a teaspoon and even 1/8 of a teaspoon – you’ll be grateful you did!
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