Thursday, 6 December 2012

Measure For Pleasure

This mean old housewife is a 1980 vintage: pleasantly mature, but young enough to have been bottled up in metric measures.  750ml, not 25 Fl. Oz. That said, we remember the information we use most and I never approach the bar and ask for 568ml of 80-/ ale.  No wonder I still have to thrash through a frantic mental conversion every time I see metric.

A very well used opaque plastic measuring jug.
My tatty and trusty jug.
But measuring is important. If you're going to scrimp, you need to make sure you feed the family and not the bin and that means preparing the right amount of food.  One of my aims is to cook (or defrost) a square meal from fresh ingredients every night.  Get the amounts right and you can have exactly one for the table and one for the freezer, clean plates, full bellies and disgruntled, underfed garden birds.

Modern Wastrel, go tomorrow and purchase a jug and scales and position them at the front of your cupboard. You already have a jug like that?  Well stop using it to microwave beans and restore its dignity (you'll never get rid of the orange glow, mind).

Here are some of my magic numbers, memorised to help me cope with the metric problem:

  • 400ml = a whole adult meal dished up.  200ml for One Weaned Infant.
  • 100ml by volume = rolled porridge oats for one (same for the child!). 200ml of milk.
  • 100g = uncooked pasta for one (less with cheese sauce).
  • 75ml by volume = uncooked rice for one, twice as much water to steam.
  • 100ml = the exact volume of both of my ladles.  They are different shapes.  Also, for breeders, the volume of one of those little Tommee Tippee food pots, up to the opaque line.
  • 100g = enough meat for one adult.
  • 200ml / half a tin = enough cooked chick peas, lentils, etc. for one adult.
  • 1 Brussels sprout = more than enough for anyone.

One Mean Housewife, with pipette and burette, measures out tomorrow's watery gruel and pease pudding.

1 comment:

  1. Updated the volume for porridge having come up hungry this very cold winter's morning.