One of the fun new toys that I received as a house-warming gift was a digital kitchen scale. Squee! I’ve always wanted one of them. I like being able to measure out food gram for gram. This will also make life much easier when trying to cook from a Nigella Lawson book (trying to convert weight measurements to measurements in cups or teaspoons is a sure way to get a headache).
As I was making my morning oatmeal last week, I decided to see how accurate my cup measurements were when compared to the digital scale. I scooped out my 1/3 cup oats and carefully weighed them. I am aware that food measurements can be highly inaccurate, so I was expecting to find that I had been eating far more than the cup measurement was telling me.
Such a pleasant surprise to find that I was dead wrong! I had been serving myself about 10 grams fewer than the 140-calorie serving size the container of oatmeal suggests.
Next I measured out my vegan chocolate rice protein powder. Although the container calls the 60-calorie serving “one heaping tablespoon”, I usually level off my tablespoon (because I have always assumed that, again, the container measurement is wrong). The digital scale proved me wrong yet again: it turns out that “one heaping tablespoon” is actually equal to about two levelled tablespoons!
Unfortunately, the same discovery did not hold through when I measured out peanut butter and popcorn (the popcorn wasn’t going into my bowl of oatmeal, don’t worry. That was on a separate occasion). My usual “serving size” of nut butter is a couple grams more than the serving size on the container – I had guessed as much. As far as popcorn goes, however, the serving size was bang on what I thought it would be when comparing the cup measurement to the digital scale measurement.
Having several different perspectives is really important so that we can get a well-rounded view of things. Making guesses is great, but if we have the tools to verify our assumptions, so much the better!
Which do you use: cup and teaspoon measurements or weight measurements? Why?