Weighty Issues

When you are shopping take a few minutes to weigh pre-packaged items, especially produce.

Grab a few bags of onions or potatoes and compare each one to the weight that you see on the bag.

You will find that you can find bags that weigh heavier than the label as all items are not the same size and it is hard to get the exact weight for each bag.

Added up over time, you will save quite a bit of money if you consistantly buy heavier bags.

BUYING BEEF

Type of Meat Servings
Boneless Beef – To include Ground Beef, Roasts, Steaks and Variety Beef 3-5 Servings per Pound depending on usage
Cuts with a little bones – This would be steaks with small bones 3 –4 Servings per Pound
Cuts with medium bones – This would include bone in roasts, chuck roasts and larger steaks 2 – 3 Servings per Pound
Cuts with large bones – Ribs and short ribs 1 – 2 Servings per Pound

It is always hard to tell how much beef to buy. When making your purchase you do need to remember that the amount of servings per person is greatly affected by how much fat or bone is in the cut of meat. This is just a general rule of thumb for helping you get the correct amount.

Measuring Granulated Sugar

Place the desired dry measuring cup onto a piece of waxed paper, or into a larger bowl. This will contain any spills for easy transfer back to the canister.

Scoop some granulated sugar from the canister with a spoon and place it in the desired dry measuring cup.  Using a straight edge (spoon handle or spatula) level off the top of the sugar in the cup.

Place the measured sugar into your mixing bowl and return the overflow caught on your waxed paper or bowl back to the canister.

Measuring Flour I

When preparing a recipe using flour, make sure to read the recipe carefully before proceeding.

If the recipe does not specify sifted flour use a spoon to gently stir the flour in the storage container to loosen up any settling.

Place the desired dry measuring cup onto a piece of waxed paper, or into a larger bowl. This will contain any spills for easy transfer back to the flour canister.

Scoop some flour from the canister with a spoon and place it in the desired dry measuring cup.

Using a straight edge (spoon handle or spatula) level off the top of the flour in the cup.

Place the measured flour into your mixing bowl and return the overflow caught on your waxed paper or bowl to the canister.

How Many Eggs?

When baking and cooking it is very important to use the proper amount of eggs.  Recipes always ask for an exact number of eggs, but it is more the size of the egg that makes the difference.  Most recipes assume that you are using Large eggs.  By knowing this, it will now be easier to substitute any size of egg in your recipe.

1 Large Egg = Approx. 1/4 Cup

2 Medium Egg = Approx 1/3 Cup

So if you have a recipe that asks for 2 large eggs, you know that you will need about 1/2 cup total of egg.  You can break as many small or medium eggs and mix them together to make 1/2 cup.

Sifted Flour

When you are baking sometimes a recipe asks for sifted flour.  It is very important to read the recipe carefully.

If the recipe asks for “one cup sifted flour” it means that you sift the flour before you measure it.

If the recipe asks for “one cup flour sifted” it means that you sift it after you measure it.

If you get it in the wrong order, you will either have too much or too little flour.

If the recipe does not specify sifting, then just use the scoop and measure method.

  

Measuring Honey/Molasses

You have a recipe that calls for honey/molasses, but you are not sure how to measure it.

Technically it is a liquid, but it is thick and hard to manage as it sticks to everything!

First thing, check the container for any metal. If it is all plastic or glass, remove the lid and place in the microwave oven for 10-15 seconds.

This will warm up the honey so that it flows better.

Take a liquid measuring cup and spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray. Place the cup on a level surface.

Looking at the measuring lines on the side of the cup from eye level, pour in the honey to the line for the amount that you need.

Now just pour it into your other ingredients. Most of the honey/molasses should just slide out. You may need to use a rubber spatula to get any little bits that didn’t quite make it.

Too Many Measuring Cups? Never!

If you find that you do a lot of cooking or baking for your family, you may find that it makes your life much easier if you purchase 2 or 3 different sets of measuring spoons and cups.

There is nothing more than being in the middle of a recipe to find that the cup/spoon that you need is dirty and in the washing machine or out in the sandbox being used for creating castles.

Measuring Brown Sugar

Place the desired dry measuring cup onto a piece of waxed paper, or into a larger bowl. This will contain any spills for easy transfer back to the canister.

Scoop some brown sugar from the canister with a spoon and place it in the desired dry measuring cup pressing firmly so that the sugar is gently packed into the cup level with the top.

When you turn the contents of the cup into your mixing bowl, it should hold the shape of the cup.

If your brown sugar has become hard from being exposed to air while stored, place the container in your microwave oven and microwave at 10 second increments. After each increment, gently break apart the lumps with a spoon until manageable for measuring.