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Baking: measuring butter

March 20, 2017

Recipe found in the Dowser Series Cookbook.

I celebrated getting Reconstructionist 2 off  to the editor this morning by making brownies (as posted on Instagram) and it occurred to me that the recipe calls for a truly ackward measurement of butter – 6 tablespoons. And that most of my butter icing recipes aren’t any better – using 1/3 of cup.

Measure cups, tablespoons, ounces, and grams!

I dug out my handy Butter Measuring Guide, and thought that it might be worth mentioning.

Yes, that’s the refection of my phone taking the picture.

My Dad bought the stainless-steel guide pictured above for me as a Christmas gift many years ago (apparently from Lee Valley). And honestly, it sat in my drawer for awhile unused. I tended to fudge odd measurements when baking, simply using the guide that was printed on the foil wrapper. Then I took a closer look at the butter measuring guide and it’s crazy handy!

So that is my random baking tip.

What obscure kitchen item do you find is more useful than you thought it would be?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria Wright permalink
    March 20, 2017 4:39 PM

    Old infant formula scoops. I was curious on how much the scoops held so I scooped them into a measuring shot glass (also very helpful, it has teaspoons, ounces and tablespoons on it) one brand of scoops measures 3 tps. the other 4 tps. Since they have a little hole at the bottom of the scoop allowing the air to go out when scooping the formula to make a bottle, they make great scoops for other dry ingredients (I mainly use it for measuring chocolate powder) but works well for anything you need for baking.

  2. March 20, 2017 6:39 PM

    Wish I could pick one, but I’m like a vintage whore. Wait, does that make sense?!.
    I put anything old to use, whether as man intended or a paperweight.

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