The other day my bloggy bud Heather of 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs were having some tea at Starbucks when the topic of measuring ingredients for recipes came up…
What? Is that not your typical Starbucks convo?
Well, as it turns out, Miss Heather is a by-the-book measurer, while I am more of a dash of this and a scoop of that kind of gal… which tends to lead to my baked goods (read: bread baking) to go a little astray…
So, when Heather told me that she had to measure things out to a “t”, I begged her to share her Super Mommy Secrets with us!
Measuring for Success
I started 4-H in the 4th grade. I had waited my whole life, up to that point, for the day I could join 4-H. I’m a third generation 4-Her so joining 4-H was a pretty big deal for me and my family as the oldest grandchild on both sides of the family.
During that first year of 4-H, my mom made me do the demonstration contest. So for a 1st year member, I had 3-5 minutes to give a demonstration on whatever I wanted. My mom came up with the idea of “Measuring for Success” where I would demonstrate how to correctly measure different baking ingredients: sugar, brown sugar, shortening, and a liquid.
At age 10, I hated my mother for making me participate in the demonstration contest as it was scary to get up in front of a room full of strangers and give a memorized demonstration as she would not let me use note cards. However, I must admit, as I got older, I thanked her every day as I have never been afraid to talk in front of a crowd or take a speech class so for that… Thank you, Mom.
I also wanted to thank her for the actual measuring skills she taught me during that demonstration that I am passing down to Big Sissy and Bubby and eventually Little Sissy. I do think this is where my fear of not following recipes started. J
So here’s a brief version of Measuring for Success…
Sugar and most dry ingredients
Measure sugar with a dry ingredient measuring cup/spoon and use a knife to cut through and level off prior to adding to other ingredients to ensure exact measurement.
Use a spoon to pack brown sugar into dry ingredient measuring cup/spoon and level off when completely packed into cup/spoon. Brown sugar will keep shape of the measuring container when added to other ingredients if properly packed and measured.
Use a spoon to pack shortening into dry ingredient measuring cup/spoon and level off when completely packed into cup/spoon. Be sure to scrape out all contents of cup/spoon when adding the shortening to your other ingredients.
Use a measuring cup specifically made for liquids and always measure liquids at eye level.
If you follow these quick, easy steps, you will be ahead of the game when it comes to baking. Good luck!
BTW, Dear Reader… Heather’s daughter is starting an adorable cooking series on her blog called Cooking with an 8 Year Old! You will have to go check it out!!!
Do you have a Super Mommy Secret? Email me and I might just feature your tip in a future post!
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