Many Southern cooks would laugh at the idea of measuring ingredients. After all, cooking involves some “eyeballing it” and tasting and adjusting along the way. Even with baking there can at times be wiggle room with measurements. If, for example, you have made biscuits every morning for 100 days in a row you probably don’t need to measure anymore and you can probably tell how many additional ingredients are needed to double the recipe. My sister recently shared a recipe our Mama gave her for biscuits that goes something like this:
“Biscuits~ Put flour in a bowl & make a well. Put a wad of shortening in & add milk until firm & it squeezes thru your fingers.”
That was all! But she made biscuits so many times she didn’t need to know accurate measurements for her recipe.
There are times when knowing how to measure an ingredient accurately is important, and especially when you are baking it can make all the difference between success and failure for your recipes.
Let’s get started learning to measure by looking at the right tools for the job.