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Aug 16, 2009 09:31 AM

Do you measure ?

I couldn't tell you the last time I pulled out a teaspoon, tablespoon, or measuring cup. I think I do a good job guessing... Am I alone ?

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  1. Baking..Mostly Yes ---- Cooking..Mostly No

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    1. re: Uncle Bob

      Snap. Fundamentally whenever a chemical reaction is involved that requires a particular ratio of chemicals. Acid and base is the most common. Brining and various fermentation processes are others.

      1. re: Paulustrious

        What Bob & Paul said, but when measuring in baking I weigh the ingredients.

      2. re: Uncle Bob

        my MO: i just chuck everything in.

        i have a cupboard full of baking gadgets hoping they'd change my mind about baking someday. rarely use them! i'm in such a hurry to turn the page when a recipe mentions the word 'bake' :( (someday... when i start liking sugar and cakes)

        1. re: Uncle Bob

          Ditto on what Uncle Bob said. If a cooking recipe calls for a lot of something (3 cups of chopped onions, etc.) or for a marinade, then I'll rough measure, but otherwise, it's usually by eyeball.

          1. re: Uncle Bob

            Both, unless it's a really important cake.

          2. For baking (my bane!) always yes. Cooking usually no, depends on the dish and how the different flavors are supposed to meld.

            1. I learned from watching the old Justin Wilson shows how to measure in the palm of my hand and I'm pretty good. When using a new recipe I measure the first time to create as close as possible the original.

              1. I measure by eye except for baking which I do little of. Also items like oil in a glass decanter with spout will dispense ~1 tbs in 3 seconds

                1. I don't know if this simply because of my asperger's, but the first time I make a recipe I measure everything as precisely as I am able to. I also follow all the cooking directions as closely as I can. I have to know (see?) what something is supposed to taste like/turn out like (and have the people I'm cooking for like it enough to make it more than once) before I am comfortable with 'guesstimating' amounts. Whenever I bake I have to measure every ingredient every time.

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                  1. re: blackoak

                    I'm with you blackoak, I ALWAYS prepare a recipe exactly as called for the first time. I don't know if it has anything to do with asperger's. It's just smart and is the only way to truly gauge the quality of a recipe.

                    I always measure when baking. As far as cooking, it depends on my comfort level with a recipe. When it comes to everyday cooking I generally don't need to measure, but if I'm following a more complicated recipe I always do.