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Mixing and Measuring in the Kitchen – Really Serious About That Recipe ?

Cooking and Kitchen

Mixing and measuring forms an important part of kitchen activities especially when preparing recipes that require a lot of precision. Listed below are common mixing and measuring tools that form part of a regular kitchen and can come in handy when you are trying new recipes.

Also added are some useful snippets on additional areas (such as pet food/etc) when discussing a specific tool, reviews, recommendations, etc.

Hope this article is useful to you and please do share your feedback, if any.


DRY MEASURING CUPS

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MEASURING CUPS SIZES

DETAILS

SIZES

  • Usually comes in set of four and include a 1/4-, 1/3-, 1/2- and 1-cup measure.
  • Some sets include additional measuring cups sizes.

EXAMPLES

Measuring cups for dieting and for the blind are examples of the various uses of these cups​.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Such cups with handles are convenient for scooping out ingredients such as sugar,oatmeal, etc.

AN INTERESTING SIDE NOTE - MEASURING CUPS FOR DOG FOOD
[5 USEFUL TIPS]

measuring cups for dog foods

Measuring cups for dog foods

  1. Overfeeding a pet their regular food is a huge factor in pet obesity.
  2. Obesity in dogs and other pets can be helped by using a set of dry measuring cups for dog food.
  3. Not only are they inexpensive and easy to find, pet feeding can be made more precise.
  4. Additionally, a small kitchen scale to weigh the amount of food you’re feeding your pets (pet food bags contain recommendations on the packaging) should go hand in hand with the measuring cups for dogs and pets in general.
  5. Measuring cups made in USA as well as in other countries are quality controlled for precision but it is advisable that you look for some quality control certification on the packaging before buying.
measuring cups for dog foods

Measuring Cups for Dog Foods

USING A FOOD SCOOP FOR PETS [5 TIPS]

FOOD SCOOP FOR PETS
  1. Usually, there are fine lines on the inside of most pet food scoops which indicate where the 1-cup and 2-cup volumes are.
  2. If the food scoop doesn't have these lines, they should not be used and measuring cups should be used.
  3. When the scoop has measurement indicators, make sure you measure accurately up to that line and not over it.
  4. Scoop too liberally, especially for small animals causes rapid weight gain.
  5. Ideally, if the pet is small (under 25 lbs) it is recommended to use proper measuring cups and/or a kitchen scale.​

MEASURING CUPS FOR LIQUIDS

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measuring cup for liquids

DETAILS

COMPONENTS

Measuring cups for liquid have a pour spout and a space above the last measuring line so liquids don’t spill during measuring and pouring.

MAKE AND LOOK

These measuring cups are made of a see-through material, such as glass and plastic, for ease and accuracy in measuring.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Don't substitute a dry measuring cup for a liquid measuring one.
  2. It is easy to spill fluids when a dry measuring cup is filled to the top.
  3. Most dry measuring cups are made of a material that can’t be seen through for measuring.
  4. Use the size of liquid measuring cup closest to the size you are measuring for most accuracy.

MEASURING SPOONS

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MEASURING SPOONS

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PACKAGING

  1. Measuring spoons usually comes in set of four and include a tablespoon and a 1-, 1/2-, and 1/4-teaspoon.
  2. Some measuring spoon sets include additional sizes.

USES

Measuring spoons are typically used for measuring small amounts of both liquid and dry ingredients.

TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. It is convenient to have two sets of measuring spoons to eliminate need to rewash them in the middle of food preparation.
  2. Use the size of liquid measuring cup closest to the size you are measuring for most accuracy.

MIXER (Stand Mixer or Handheld Mixer)

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STAND MIXER FOR THE KITCHEN

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STAND MIXER VERSUS HANDHELD

A stand mixer generally works better than a handheld mixer for mixing heavy batters and doughs like bread dough and stiff cookie batters.

COST

Stand mixers may be more expensive than handheld ones.

TIPS AND TRICKS

Always turn the mixer off before scraping down the sides of a bowl.

Handheld Mixer

BEST STAND MIXERS FOR BREAD DOUGH

VERSATILITY

When buying a stand mixer for bread dough or other stuff, keep in mind whether you need a pure stand mixer i.e. one that will mix, whisk, whip and knead – or if you need a more expansive kitchen machine that can also tackle jobs such as chopping, slicing, blending and mincing.

BUILD AND USABILITY

  • Additionally, keep in mind things such how solid is the stand mixer build, ease of set up, cleaning, storage, issues such as capacity.
  • Depending on whether you need it for a small family or to make very big batches, bear in mind factors like ease of replacing spare parts.

MIXING BOWLS

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mixing bowls
mixing bowl made of

DETAILS

HOW ARE THEY PURCHASED

  • Mixing bowls are frequently purchased in a set of 3 or more bowls.
  • Sizes range from 1 quart to 5 or more quarts.

MATERIALS AND USABILITY

  • Mixing bowls are typically available in glass, plastic and metal.
  • Plastic bowls are unsuitable for beating egg whites as it is hard to wash away any fat that has been in the bowl.
  • This can lessen the volume of the beaten eggs.
  • Add ice and water and use as an “ice bath” to cool foods like hard-cooked eggs.
  • You can use it on the top of a saucepan as a double boiler.

MIXING SPOONS, LARGE 

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slotted mixing spoons

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SOLID MIXING SPOON

Use a solid mixing spoon for stirring ingredients either at the kitchen counter or the stove.

SLOTTED MIXING SPOON

Try a slotted spoon when you need to let liquid drain from food, such as removing browned, crumbled ground beef from a pan.

slotted mixing spoons

TIPS AND TRICKS

  1. Look for a spoon that is easy to handle as mixing spoons are usually around 12 inches long.
  2. If you’ll use the spoon for stirring at the stove, look for a type of material that is heat resistant, such as stainless steel, some of the newer heat-resistant nylon spoons and wood.
  3. For stainless steel spoons, look for one with a handle that won’t get hot.
  4. When stirring in nonstick cookware, use a nonstick or wooden spoon to avoid damaging the nonstick surface.
  5. If you are using a wooden spoon, be sure it is in good condition and not cracked or rough on the surface, making it hard to clean.

PASTRY BLENDER (Or Pastry Cutter or Dough Blender)

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pastry blender or pastry cutter or dough blender

DETAILS

  • Pastry Blenders are used for cutting cold fat, such as butter or shortening, into a flour mixture.
  • These usually consists of 5 to 6 U-shaped, sturdy steel wires or blades attached to a handle.
  • Pastry blenders are used when making pastry dough, such as pie crusts.
  • They are often used in making crumb crusts and biscuits.

TIPS AND TRICKS

For easier mixing, cut cold fat into chunks before blending.

pastry blender or pastry cutter or dough blender

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