Do you still use measuring cups and spoons when you cook?

@inkyuboz (1288)
Mandaluyong City, Philippines
January 30, 2009 2:32am CST
Or do you just estimate the amount of ingredients? I know a lot of cooks who would just use a little bit of this, a sprinkle of that, a lot of this, a handful of that. That's EXACTLY the way they measure their ingredients, and yet the food they make still taste better than some people I know who still uses measuring cups/spoons! Is this a talent which you are born with or is it a skill you can learn over the years? I don't think I can ever cook without using measuring devices, my food will taste a lot saltier OR it will not have any taste at all. ^_^
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@jazel_juan (15766)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
hmmm nope? hehehe i just put bit by bit..no too much at the same time because it might get toooo salty or tooo sweet i do not use measuring cups because it add more to the things to be washed afterwards! but in baking cakes of course i had to!!
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@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Of course. I don't think there's anybody out there who would just pour everything in the bowl when they're preparing the dough or the batter. LOL. Thank you for responding! Have a nice day! :)
@jazel_juan (15766)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
hahahah yeah yeah have not thought of that..st*pid me!
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@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Don't be too hard on yourself. I was not very detailed about my topic either, so part of it was also my fault. hehe :)
• India
30 Jan 09
I have never used a measuring cup so far and although i cook a lot i just use estimate and i think it tastes great hehehh..i feel its cumbersome to use ameasuing spoon..
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@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Good for you! I cannot see myself without one. You're lucky you have "the gift of perfect estimation" Hahaha.
@nympha687 (940)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I don't use measuring cups or spoons anymore. I guess, I am already familiar with the spices or ingredients I am using and I would know how much is enough for a specific quantity. It comes from practice I believe. What I would be wary about is when I don't use the same brand of ingredients because I wouldn't know how they taste.
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@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Well that's something to be proud of, I'm now realizing that it is indeed something you are born with because after all these years of cooking and cooking, I still can't just estimate. I tried that a lot of times already when I help my mom in several occasions, and I failed miserably. Maybe it's just an innate gift or something.
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
i think cooking is a talent. i am not born with a talent in cooking. i fact, i only learned to cook when i got married. =) and i don't enjoy it. i am only forced to cook for the sake of my husband and daughter. =) i learned to cook but i always have a recipe to follow. i cannot estimate the ingredients because i think it would be a disaster. =)
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Same here. I've enrolled myself in several cooking classes when I have summer vacations, but I have to accept the fact that I just wasn't born to cook and I have to work hard to master this wonderful art. Anyway, thank you for your response. Happy MyLotting!
@eagle_f15 (2054)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 09
If it's a new recipe that I am trying out the first time then I would use the measuring spoon or measuring cup as required to get the correct amount that is needed. Maybe for the second time I would still use but after that I would just estimate. Have been doing this so far and it works for me.
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@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
30 Jan 09
Well, good for you. Me? I still haven't mastered the use of "estimates".
@MissAmie (718)
• United States
30 Jan 09
It depends on what I'm cooking. If it's something where a but too much salt or garlic wouldn't hurt then I never measure. But when I am baking, that is totally different. Baking is chemistry and you have to have just the right amount of everything or your food is ruined, or at best, not as tastey. If you can eyeball the amount for ingredients for a cake and it come out fluffy and moist, then a big high five to you! I can't do that at all!
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
30 Jan 09
If I've made it a whole bunch of times, I can guestimate what amounts are needed. But most of the time, I have to rely on the measuring cups. Spoons, not so much. But I religiously use the cups if it's a new recipe. I'm not a good cook, so I can't deviate too much from the book if it's a new experiment. Otherwise I don't know how bad it could end up. I've been getting a lot of help from the people who frequent the Cooking section of MyLot. I've tried recipe after recipe from various cookbooks, and my meat cooking leaves a lot to be desired. (If a dog turns it's nose up at it, it's bad!) The gals here have given me a LOT of help, and I'm gonna try some today. Let's hear it for the gals at MyLot!!!
• United States
30 Jan 09
I have been cooking since I could remember and I never cook out of a box I cook from scratch most of the time and I hardly ever use Measureing cups or spoons I can just eye it and know I am not sure if I was born that way or if it is just the fact of seeing my mother do it for some many years that I can do it I find it hard to cook with them really lol lol!
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• United States
31 Jan 09
Nooooo! I'm not the greatest cook in the first place, and I still use a measuring cup. If I tried to estimate something, it'd turn out too over-done or too under-done, or it just wouldn't taste right for some reason. That's just my luck, no use explaining it. I also do use measuring spoons sometimes because I'll definitely mess up the recipe if I go around guessing my way through it. Luckily my friend is a good cook so I can just drop by her place if I'm feeling too lazy to break out a cookbook ;)
• United States
31 Jan 09
You sound like I do.
@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
30 Jan 09
Yes, I still do use measuring cups and spoons, most especially if I'm cooking something out of the cookbook or out of my list of recipes (I actually print them all up at index cards and put it in the kitchen drawer for easy access). I think we all need to use those specially because we don't really cook the same thing everyday or every month, don't we? Unless of course it's something you do cook everyday. But as for me, I try not to cook the same thing everyday so that my family would be excited to see the dish every time I serve them those. So, I need to use measuring cups and spoons because I wouldn't memorize the measurements for not cooking it daily or frequently. I don't think I could cook something without measuring them with measuring cups and spoons. I think the only thing I could cook without these measuring things is when I cook my special baked spaghetti for parties because the recipe requires ingredients by packs, not any more by cups or spoons.
@laydee (12813)
• Philippines
2 Feb 09
Thank you for the best response! Truly appreciate it.. Happy mylotting!!
@taface412 (3176)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I love using my measuring cups and spoons. I have all the ones my mother used and my grandmother used so it's kinda like I am still cooking with them in addition to the stuff helping me cook.
• United States
3 Feb 09
Yes, I'm obsessive about following recipes to the letter. When it comes to seasoning meats or sauces when I'm cooking, though, I just pinch and dash until it comes out the way I want it to.
@jsitko (1169)
• United States
3 Feb 09
Hi Inkyuboz, For the most part I use my eye when it comes to measuring the ingredients. I love to cook and learned from my Mom since I was a little girl. My Mom rarely used measuring cups or spoons but when she was teaching me how to cook, I had to use them She wanted me to learn that way first and always told me that I would learn to cook/bake by eye in time. I have many of her cookbooks from when she first got married and many of the recipes in there say a pinch of salt, a dab of butter, a dash of pepper and other things like that. I guess you get use to measuring things out for years that you just do it with out the tools.
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
2 Feb 09
When I'm cooking I tend to just go by look, or smell, or taste to see if I've added enough of a particular ingredient, even if it is a new recipe. I rarely actually use a measuring spoon or cup when it comes to cooking meals. However when baking, such as cookies or cakes, it's important to be precise, so I will measure things when I'm doing cookies or something like that.
• United States
1 Feb 09
For most everything I just guesstimate. That is what I call it. Everynow and then I will use measuring cups. When I use to make sourdough bread though I measured it for the first couple of months and then just threw it all in and added as I needed. Most of the time I never use measuring cups though.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I use measuring cups and spoons religiously. I do not have a natural cooking tendency. I like to add garlic or lemon pepper to things I cook in addition to the recipes..... it took me a while to work up to trusting myself with that. Haha
@ShellyB (5244)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I am going to say it is a gift, but that some of that people are really eyeing what they put on their food.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
31 Jan 09
I have to use them, I have no eye for how much is a cup or a teaspoon I just can't judge. It's so easy to use these measuring devices so I do.
• Philippines
31 Jan 09
When I'm trying out a new recipe, I usually use measuring cups and spoons. After cooking the recipe a few more times, I can forego the measuring cups and spoons and try to adjust the amount of ingredients to my taste. I think that it can be a talent you're born with but I also think that it can be something you can learn. If you have a sensitive tongue, you can try to cook without the measuring devices and try to estimate the amount of ingrdients you use. Of course, don't forget to taste the food you're cooking to make sure that the taste is just right. If you'd like to learn, you'd have to be willing to take the risk to make a mistake. And it's ok to make mistakes. If the food becomes too salty, you can always add water or sugar to the food to counteract the saltiness and if it has no taste, you can add salt or sugar or pepper or other spices or herbs, depending on what you'd like the food to taste like. I think the key thing to help you is to try to taste the food as you cook. After a while, you'll be used to the amount of ingredients you put and you can imagine how it would taste like and you can do without the measuring devices.
@jdyrj777 (6553)
• United States
31 Jan 09
For most things i use the measurements but some things i know how to made so i just put it together by sight.