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Measuring Tahini???

Charlie Tokyo Sep 19, 2011 02:29 AM

Hi, thanks in advance. How do you measure tahini? With a dry measuring cup or a liquid measuring cup?

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    Maximilien Sep 19, 2011 07:31 AM

    I don't know, I go by taste.
    If I was measuring, I'd go with liquid.

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      thimes Sep 19, 2011 07:48 AM

      I've always used dry measures just because they are easier for me to gauge and easier for me to scrape off the top if I've accidently put too much in (same for me with things like mayo, peanut butter, etc).

      Honestly, I know there is a technical difference between these two but I can't imagine a tahini recipe where the slight differences would be all that noticeable. So I'd go with whatever is easier/more convenient for you.

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        Harters Sep 19, 2011 09:06 AM

        Recipes I have using tahini usually have the measurement in tablespoons (which I coat with a little oil to help it slide off)

        1. Tripeler Sep 20, 2011 04:37 AM

          I'd measure tahini by weight rather than volume.

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            BangorDin Sep 20, 2011 06:05 AM

            I make sure it is mixed well (the "sludge" mixed well with the oil) and then I measure. I'm not sure what you mean by dry or wet cups -- ? A cup of peanut butter fills the same space as a cup of water, or flour.

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              Charlie Tokyo Sep 20, 2011 05:43 PM

              Does it? I thought a wet measurement is less a dry measurement. For example, the water it takes to fill 1 dry cup is only about 3/4 of a liquid cup.

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                ErnieD Sep 20, 2011 08:00 PM

                Not with my measuring cups. As long as you fill to the line on the liquid cup, they hold identical amounts. The difference is just for ease of use. The dry you fill to the top so you can scrape it to even, while the wet has a little room above the fill line so you don't slosh any out when you pick up the cup to add it.

                I find dry cups easier for things like PB and tahini. It's easier to scrape off the top than aim for the line.

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              sr44 Sep 20, 2011 08:57 PM

              By the blob.

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                Kelli2006 Sep 21, 2011 12:36 AM

                I eyeball it to the low side and then taste it to check if it needs the entire amount.

                You can use an adjustable Wondercup if you think that it helps.

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                  Sam Salmon Sep 21, 2011 08:26 PM

                  Blobs work for me every time!

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                  LRunkle Sep 22, 2011 03:23 PM

                  You can spray your measuring cup with PAM for easy release. Works with honey too.

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                    NellyNel Sep 23, 2011 09:57 AM

                    Thanks for the tip! - I will try that when measuring peanutbutter (and honey!)

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                      HillJ Sep 23, 2011 02:40 PM

                      Another reliable trick is to warm the measuring cup or spoon in hot tap water and then measure your sticky ingredients. The now heated measuring container helps the stuff pop out easier without running for a can of nonstick spray.

                      I always stir the tahni well first before measuring out an amt. Otherwise you're grabbing too much oil.

                  2. pdxgastro Sep 23, 2011 07:37 PM

                    Or you can use those measuring cups that push out the product. The ones Alton Brown uses on his show. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Cup-Two-...

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