How many of you get confused with the ingredient quantity while making cake batter? Are you always unaware of/confused with the basic measurement conversions? Then probably you are at the right place. Cooking measurements almost every time needs to be precise and correct especially if you are baking and slight change can actually affect the texture, consistency and even taste. Here is the guide on basic cooking measurements and conversions that will certainly help you in the kitchen:
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
- It’s good to invest in measuring cup and measuring spoons since they help you use the correct quantity you need in any recipe. The other reason- It makes things non-messy and neat since you just have to pour the ingredient in the measuring cup/spoon and add it in the mixing bowl/batter/blender etc.
- To always know the conversions, you can print out the conversion charts and attach it on the fridge or anywhere in the kitchen so it is easy for you to check whenever you are cooking.
- While measuring out liquids, make sure you coat the inner portion of jar or spoon with the liquid you want to measure first. Follow with your usual measuring and pouring. There are 2 reasons why you would do this, first- It increases the humidity in the jar/spoon thus reducing evaporation (which is negligible though) and second- The liquid will adhere to the sides of container thus giving you the proper volume.
- Always measure at room temperature. Make sure the liquid or solid ingredients aren’t hot or frozen. Either would increase or decrease the volume of ingredients and while you cook/bake at different temperatures it can disrupt the volumes you thought were present. Always measure the ingredients when they are at room temperatures.
UNDERSTANDING COOKING MEASUREMENTS/CONVERSIONS
Whenever in whichever recipe, pinch is mentioned, what do you do? Roughly put in a pinch? Technically speaking, one pinch is equal to 1/16 th teaspoon. Now nobody would seriously measure that! You can randomly put in a pinch since it won’t make a big difference.
Whenever you see the word ‘dash’ in any recipe, you are supposed to add in 1/8 teaspoon of the ingredient which is equal to 2 pinches of it.
‘Teaspoon’ and ‘Tablespoon’ is frequently used in recipes. Whenever a recipe called for 1 teaspoon, you can directly use a measured teaspoon, but just so you know the actual quantity or when you are without a measuring spoon- 1 teaspoon is equal to 5 ml.
Just like teaspoon, you can use a measuring spoon to measure 1 tablespoon (or whatever is the quantity needed) but just so you know, 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons or 15 ml to be precise.
Bigger quantities are usually measured in the terms of ‘cups’ and it always got me confused thanks to ‘cups’ coming in different sizes. A measuring cup/jar/spoon can do 100% justice. When a recipe calls for 1 cup, it is equal to 16 tablespoons or 240 ml and for ½ cup, it makes 8 tablespoons or 120 ml. You can always use a ‘cup’ measurement since the quantity is definitely huge as compared to the earlier mentioned quantities and when you want more than a cup, it might get tough to measure every tablespoon. UNDERSTANDING FOOD LABELS – MAKE THE BEST FOOD DECISIONS
Pint is not frequently used in recipes but whenever it is used, do not get confused. 1 pint is actually half of 1 litre that is 500ml, simple!
Whenever a recipe calls for 1 quart, you need to add 1 litre of the ingredient. In other words, 1 quart is equal to 2 pints.
Gallon is frequently used in a number of recipes especially milkshakes, teas, etc. when a recipe calls for 1 gallon of ingredient, it equals to 4 litres or 4 quarts.
Note: Recipes containing ingredients to be measured in grams, litres, millilitres and ounces can be measured by using jars labelled accordingly.