Like every soldier going to battle, you have to be prepared with an arsenal to ensure a successful mission. The same applies for baking. Measuring tools are going to be your arsenal to ensure a successful baking project.
The most common type of measuring tool – Measuring Cups. There are two types, the dry measuring cup and liquid measuring cup.
Dry Measuring Cups
Dry Measuring Cups are used to weigh dry ingredients such as flour, baking soda and more. They come in various sizes such as ½ cup, ¼ cup and 1 cup. This is so that you can choose which best suits your needs. They are usually made of plastic or metal. A good way to ensure you have utilized this tool well, is by using the ‘dip and sweep’ method. What this means is dipping your cup into the dry ingredients like flour, then sweeping the excess off with any kind flat kitchen tool. This ensures that you have accurately measured the ingredients. In addition to that, take priority in cleaning them well. (I know it feels like this doesn’t need emphasis, but you would be surprised with how some people clean *cringes*) . Furthermore, it is not only about the hygiene part of it, if there is any residue, it may affect the accuracy of your measurement as well. (Now you see why right?) Also please be sure to dry them well! You wouldn’t want to spoil a fresh batch of flour would you?
Liquid Measuring Cups
Just like how you might have guessed, Liquid Measuring Cups are used to measure ingredients that are in liquid form. You can’t use a dry measuring cup to measure liquids because their structure is different and it won’t be precise. The unit on a measuring cup is in litres or pints. You can use whichever you feel most comfortable or fits the recipe. They are made of either plastic, metal or glass and each of them has their pros and cons. Plastic measuring cups tend to be lightweight and easy to use. You can also throw them in a dishwasher after baking. However, they tend to get easily stained and suck up odor over time. Some low quality ones even break easily. Measuring cups made of metal on the other hand, tend to be more robust and durable. They are resistant to odor and even scratches. Putting them in a dishwasher though is not recommended. So, do wash them by hand. (don’t be lazy) Glass measuring cups are my favourite. They are transparent making it easy to see ingredients and measure. These cups also do not suck any odor or get strained easily. You can also ‘throw’ ‘em in the dishwasher. Not literally throw, since it is made of glass so it is highly breakable, making it one of the disadvantages. A tip for measuring well when using these cups, is to put them on a flat surface or ensure your eye is directly positioned at the point of measurement to avoid a parallax error.
Sometimes I put these around my hands and swing them around lol. Measuring spoons are awesome to have! They come in sizes like ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and of course in tablespoons too. This is wonderful so you don’t have to estimate by using an actual teaspoon or tablespoon like an amateur. Advanced measuring spoons can measure both dry and liquid ingredients. They come in many colors and materials. Have fun picking which ones you like!
Do not get scared. It doesn’t have a sharp needle like the one you see at hospitals. A measuring syringe is commonly used in cooking to take in and expel liquids like sauces. The way syringes work, where you push and pull the piston, makes it very convenient to use it in certain aspects of baking. For instance, it can be used to also inject filling into a bun.
You might be wondering “hold up, you can use a bowl to measure?”.
Well yes you can. Measuring bowls come in either glass, stainless steel or silicone. The glass ones are great because they do not suck up odor and do not undergo any discoloration over time. Being transparent also makes measuring easy-peasy. However, be careful because they also break easily. Stainless steel ones are strong and rust resistant. They might be a little heavy at times though. Silicon ones are fine too as they are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. They tend to have markings inside the bowl in a prominent color so you can spot it quick.
Now this, if you can afford one. GET ONE.
It guarantees preciseness in measurement. Even a pinch of salt, like literally, makes a difference when you use this scale to measure it. It would be awesome to get digital scales that can measure in a few units such as, grams, kilograms and ounces. Besides that, most of them come with an auto shutdown ability. So it’s just so cool. When measuring multiple ingredients, do make sure the reading on your digital scale is back to zero, before measuring the next ingredient. Calibration is important so don’t rush.
Instant Read Thermometer
This thermometer makes reading temperatures – a walk in the park.
You can use the Instant Read Thermometer to measure liquids like stock or sauces and also solids like chickens or other meat. All you gotta do is ‘poke’ them in and a temperature reading will be shown instantly! When measuring meat, be sure to ‘poke’ it in deep but not too much till it hits the bone. So now you know all that you need for a successful baking mission. Gear up soldiers!
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