How to weigh without a scale?

Back from shopping, you are in possession of a multitude of foods… In particular, the ingredients needed to make a fabulous recipe, entrusted to you by a gourmet friend. The only hitch: in a hurry, you forgot to buy a measuring glass, and you don’t have a kitchen scale… Misery! More than an option: you refer to equivalences using other containers. Mustard glass, cup… All everyday containers are relevant! Nevertheless, they can have many formats. Therefore, prefer standard utensils, such as a yogurt pot or spoons.

Weighing with a yogurt pot

Present in most refrigerators, a commercially available medium yogurt weighs 125 g. To use the jar as a measuring cup, empty it of its contents and rinse it with water before wiping it dry. It’s ready to serve the culinary cause! To weigh liquids, know that a full yogurt pot corresponds to 15 cl of water or milk, and 150 g of liquid honey. As for the powdered ingredients, it represents 50 g of almond powder, or cocoa powder, 40 g of grated coconut, 125 g of sugar, 85 g of flour, 65 g of oat flour. As far as cereals are concerned, it can contain 90 g of wheat or bulgur semolina and 100 g of rice.

Use spoons

Spoons are very useful for weighing ingredients in small quantities. It is generally considered that tablespoons can hold up to three times the weight of a teaspoon. At least if measured properly, comparing the contents of a level tablespoon with the contents of a level teaspoon. Under these conditions, a teaspoon contains 0.5 cl of liquid (milk, water, oil). A tablespoon, on the other hand, contains three times as much. That is to say… 1.5 cl.

If your recipe calls for small quantities, use a teaspoon. Otherwise, prefer a tablespoon. Need a tip, to keep in mind the equivalences? Simply memorize the doses contained in the teaspoons. If you only have one tablespoon, simply multiply the retained doses by three. A simple and effective method! For example, we consider that a teaspoon contains 10 g of liquid honey… Multiply by three, and you will know that a tablespoon can hold 30 g!

Remember that a small spoon can contain 7 g of rice; 5 g of cocoa powder; 5 g of salt; 5 g of powdered sugar; 3 g of flour and starch, 3 g of powdered sugar; 3 g of powdered almonds and 2 g of grated coconut. To avoid unnecessary calculations, the following are the permitted equivalences for one tablespoon: 20 g rice; 15 g cocoa powder; 15 g salt; 15 g powdered sugar; 10 g flour or starch; 10 g powdered sugar; 10 g powdered almonds and 5 g grated coconut.

Last details for measuring liquids: a typical glass contains 20 cl, a wine bottle 75 cl, and a coffee cup 10 cl. A good recipe for all the clever and clever gourmands 😉