By Weight…

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 by adam

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So what if I told you there was a way to make your recipies more accurate and more consistent, while saving time and money?  How you ask?  Use a scale and weight your ingredients.

I was happy to find the post entitled Kitchen-Scale Manifesto.  I have long been bewildered that most recipe ingredients – including those in cookbooks – aren’t listed in weight, but rather volume or other inprecise measurements such as 1 cup of flour, 1 medium onion.  Cooking isn’t about just following a recipe.  It’s about using a recipe as inspiration and working with the ingredients and technique to cook a dish until its what you want – until its done.  However, maybe part of the reason folks find such a need to tweak recipes is because the measurements of the ingredients in those recipes are so inprecise that its unlikely they’re actually recreating the dish cooked by the origional author.  And what if you finally perfect a dish, how do you accurately record the results in a recipe with imprecise measuring tools.

As the Kitchen-Scale Manifesto notes:

“Kosher salt takes up twice the volume of regular salt, and so people will either put in double, or half the amount they need.”


“The amount of flour in a cup can vary as much as 25% depending on how it is packed.”

So what to do?  Weight you ingredients and rewrite your recipes in weight.  The Manifesto is a great read that will certainly make you a convert to using a scale for almost all your measurements, and also contains a good discussion on scales, weighing, and converting existing recipes to weight.

Having owned a kitcken scale for many years, in addition to the benefit of more accuracy, there are also many more benefits as well:

  • Recipes will be more accurate, allowing precise recording and sharing.
  • Dishes can be recreated with more consistancy.
  • Measuring ingredeitns is quciker.  Just tare the scale, add the ingredient, tare again, and repeat.  Much quicker then finding a measureing cup.   Much less cleanup too (and less water, and soap, and time).

While the Kitchen-Scale Manefesto does recommend against using volume to weight conversion charts (just read the post and you’ll understand), there are charts and search tools available to find estimates for common foods by weight.

So Just Weight It!



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