One of the reasons why I have made so many poor meals has been hiding in plain sight all these years. I had never taken into account the measure of volume change known as compressibility. Ingredients like water, sugar or sugared water will measure properly in a cup while some ingredients like vegetables and fruits, depending on how they are cut or chopped, can measure differently. Let’s take for example all-purpose flour. If The Purging Lutheran takes a cup and scoops flour out of the bag and levels it, he will end up with about 140 grams of the white, sneezy stuff. If, on the other hand, I use a sifter to fill a cup of flour I will end up close to 100 grams. Using measuring cups to measure foods which can be compressed by chopping or shredding can lead to large measurement uncertainties. Read this part again carefully…
“can lead to large measurement uncertainties“.
I never took physics or home economics in high school where I might have learned this valuable lesson. If you were unaware of this, don’t feel bad. Show this article to the loved ones you thought you let down when in fact it was your high school advisor who failed you and, by extension, your family, friends and business associates.
In a fit of despair, I threw these away thinking I would never cook again, and I haven’t, but I never took our pet cats into consideration. These would have been useful to give them near-consistent amounts of kitty-chow day after day. As it is they just get however much my cupped hand scoops that day. See? Everyone suffers from a poor education.
Deuteronomy 8:3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.