This section contains articles on various cooking, preparation, measuring and storage techniques.

Measuring Correctly

It's important to use the right measuring techniques and utensils to ensure delicious, consistent results for your recipes. There are specific cups designed for liquid and dry measuring and most of the time they're not interchangeable.

Measuring spoons are used for both liquid and dry ingredients and come in ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon.

Never measure the ingredients over the main bowl as some may spill into the mix and ruin the finished product

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Water Displacement Method

The water displacement method is used to measure shortening, butter or margarine acurately. I find it cheaper to purchase shortening in a large can instead of the pre-measured sticks. Sometimes I buy margarine in a larger  tub,  from the warehouse stores so I don't have the convience of cutting off a pre-measured amount.

Say we want to measure 1/2 cup of shortening. Take a 2 cup liquid measuring cup, place it on a level surface and fill it to the 1 cup mark with cold water. Gently drop spoonfuls of shortening into the water until the water level reaches the 1½ cup mark on the liquid measuring cup. Make sure that you bend down to eye level as you measure. Once you reach the 1½ cup mark pour off the water, holding the shortening in the cup with a spoon, then add the shortening to your recipe.

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