Post by jamgirl on Apr 26, 2019 14:48:35 GMT -5
Hello to all you IP Owners - I've had an epiphany the other day that I simply must share with everyone. Recently, I downloaded 2 cookbooks through Amazon Kindle and as I was reading them through, I realized (having a great chuckle on myself), that the recipes in these books and most of the ones I've been trying from on-line sources, are made using US Standard measurements. (Dah!) Being a "Bluenoser" from Nova Scotia, Canada, the "amounts" wouldn't be quite the same since our Metric measurements are a bit larger. (Yes, you may all share in this chuckle!!)
If some of you have already had your own epiphany about this subject, good on you.
Although the results of my "baked" recipes seemed okay, I was now wondering if they'd be even better using the proper US quantities in which they are written. Soooo, instead of going to the expense of purchasing an entire new set of US graded measuring cups, teaspoons, etc., I bought a lovely little kitchen scale that measures in lbs, oz., grams or milliliters. Then I printed off the US versions of weights and measurements for dry and wet ingredients and Voila!! - I can now measure the correct amounts for all of my US recipes on my little scale. As an example, 1 cup of flour weighs about US 129 Grams - while Metric Canadian is closer to 137. (According to my new scale) Some other Canadian bakers say it's closer to 150 Grams. Even though the differences are not that substantial, I'm sure using the correct US amounts will produce a better product when following a US written recipe.
I haven't tried any "baked" recipes since I bought the scale but when I do, perhaps the ginger cake (which was delicious though maybe a bit denser due to the differences in the amounts???), I will be sure to add to this post with comments on the finished product(s). Wish me luck!!! And yes, I am still chuckling too!
Happy IPing to all - from JamGirl (meaning music jams and not strawberry - lol)
(P.S. A few hours along I realized that my original post had been incorrect on the weight of the flour being used as an example of the difference and I should have said US Standard Measurements. Ooops!!! They have since been corrected. Kindest Rgds, JamGirl)