To clarify, though, I usually try to force myself to measure when I'm making a new recipe. ;) My husband seems to think that not measuring when making a recipe for the first time isn't fair. ;)
But in general, I don't do a lot of measuring. I measure for breads (usually). I just seem to have a good general idea of how we like our foods.
When I'm making a recipe and planning to take pictures and post it on this website, I make myself measure everything. Otherwise, you'd all be getting long lists of ingredients saying "some of..." and "a little bit of..."! :D
I voted for I usually measure. I used to cook strictly by the cup, tsp, etc. but lately I have pushed out of my comfort zone and have been a little more creative. LOL! Erin is exactly by the measurement--an even cup (not heaping) etc. :D
then i adjust it to my family's preferences. when my husband is making something he will say how much of this or how much of that do you put in. and i always tell him it's not an exact science for me. it's different everytime! LOL!
This poll was originally published in August, 2006. 92 votes so far. :)
I measure more so when I'm trying out a recipe for the first time, or if I'm working with something where I can throw the chemistry off (certain baking projects) but most of my seasonings, veggies, add-in's I just kinda eye ball and go with it.
for bake goods, since that has to be exact. Regular cooking doesn't.
me too :)
only when baking do I measure. :o)
I usually measure anything that requires a cup (rather than a spoon). "Measure" is a fairly loose term for me though, especially with dry ingredients. I scoop them out and give it a little shake to get the excess off, but I don't scrape with a knife for exact measurement or anything.
I only measure if it is a new recipe. If it a recipe I make often I wing it and don't measure all ingredients.
I voted for measure the first time but even then only for baked goods...
I tend to eyeball things more often than not, especially since, when cooking for one person, the portions are small and I hate leaving a tbsp of broccoli unchopped or a partial-can of condensed milk in the fridge. I've never really gotten myself into trouble by not measuring, so I must be good at it!
If it's something I've made time and time again, I usually just eyeball it. There are certain recipes were exact amounts really do matter though. If it is a new recipe I've never tried, I will almost always measure everything.
I love it, it looks so homey. I can almost smell the bread baking!
It depends on what I'm making. Some things I totally cook by feel and others I cook from recipes. And some recipes I totally follow and with others I'm more loose.
soups and sauces are created by guesstimation breads and cakes I measure flour and leavening ingredients add ins like nuts and chocolate not so much
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