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Old 02-13-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Using measuring devices...

Do you rely on measuring cups and spoons for measuring exact amounts called for, or do you eyeball it?

If you eyeball it, how long did it take before you were comfortable doing this?

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Old 02-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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It depends upon whether I am cooking or baking. If I'm cooking, I usually eyeball it and taste as I go along and reseason when necessary. Baking , however is more of a science so I always measure.
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:54 PM   #3
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I agree with Mama, cooking verses baking is the big difference. I always measure precicely when baking, even a smidge off of something like flour or baking soda and a great cookie becomes "just okay".

For cooking I eyeball A LOT. It did take me a long time before I was really comfortable but now I rarely pull out measuring utensils when cooking. I prefer to eyeball, taste, eyeball, taste. You just get a feel after a while.
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:17 PM   #4
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Baking (which I rarely do) I measure exactly.

Cooking I usually eyeball, but it depends. Sometimes, with cups of liquids I will measure. If the recipe calls for two cups of chicken stock I will measure that, but if it calls for a quarter cup then I will guess. Things like herbs and spices and oils and vinegars and things like that I guess. It took me a long time to feel comfortable trying to guess, but once I jumped in and did it I realized that in most cases the recipe is not going to suffer if you use a little more than that the recipes calls for or a little less.
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Old 02-13-2009, 07:49 PM   #5
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It depends upon whether I am cooking or baking. If I'm cooking, I usually eyeball it and taste as I go along and reseason when necessary. Baking , however is more of a science so I always measure.
Ditto. Can't take chances with baking.
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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It depends upon whether I am cooking or baking. If I'm cooking, I usually eyeball it and taste as I go along and reseason when necessary. Baking , however is more of a science so I always measure.
Listen to mama!
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:23 PM   #7
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LOL....I learned this lesson a long time ago. Mama knows it all.
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Old 02-14-2009, 12:36 AM   #8
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I agree with everyone else, for cooking I measure to taste. For baking I am very exact, my mom even gave me measuring spoons for "pinch", "dash", and "smidgen" as a joke.
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Old 02-14-2009, 01:39 AM   #9
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I go along with all the others. Baking needs to be exact, so I measure. Savoury cooking I sometimes do and sometimes don't. I probably do the first time with a new recipe, I until I get an idea of how I want the flavour to develop.
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Old 02-14-2009, 07:23 PM   #10
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I don't want to sound like a broken record, but, a baking RX get's carefully measured - cookery does not depend on exact ratios of ingredients for a specific chemical reaction - it's more of a "to taste" thing.

I do measure things, somewhat, but I don't go crazy if I'm a little over or under what the RX calls for.
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