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The "High" Cost of Not Measuring

July 5th, 2010 at 07:02 am

Measuring. Such a simple thing.

Last week on my trip to the library, I checked out an older book called "Eating Cheap". Last night after watching the fireworks on T.V., I was perusing some of it and one of the things the author brought up was to be sure and measure when you cook.

The author said we probably measure stuff most of the time, but how many of us have made stuff so often we just sort of dump things in. However, it was pointed out if a recipe calls for 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and we just put some in and actually use a teaspoon, although it probably won't affect the taste, it eventually effects the pocketbook because if you do this consistently, you'll have to buy vanilla twice as often.

This goes for other things around the house such as laundry detergent or fabric softener. A few pennies add up to dollars very quickly!

How true!

5 Responses to “The "High" Cost of Not Measuring”

  1. Homebody Says:

    Good point.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    I agree!

  3. M E 2 Says:




    Actually, that is a bit false. Most chefs and or very good cooks don't measure when they cook. Haven't you ever asked for a recipe and been told " I dont know, I just use a bit of this, a bit of that"



    However, when it comes to baking, it is a must. Baking IS an exact science.

  4. whitestripe Says:

    ME2: you're missing the point of the post :P and baking isn't an exact science, you do have leeway. how do i know this? well, it's my job Big Grin

    frugalfoodie, I never looked at it like that, it's a very good point. when cooking at home, i always use about half the amount recommended for sugar/salt - not for cost, but more for health. but this is probably a money saver in the end too!

  5. Homebody Says:

    Whitestripe, you are so smart!

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