Miscellany

Q&A: Answers to your scale question

I have been given a hard time by friends, family and the occasional email about all my recipes being in grams. “Your recipes sound great but I’ll never try them because I don’t have a scale” or “Why don’t you do it in cups to make it easier?”.

Well, I will answer that question here now because I am just as baffled at this question as you are that I weigh my recipes. Here is my answer:

In this day and age of technology I can’t believe a scale throws you off. You have a smart phone that you spend 80% of your day on with all your games and social media bullshit, Echo from Amazon, you can turn the lights on and off at your house from anywhere in the world, fancy computers, litter boxes that clean themselves, on and on and on and yet a $20 scale scares the shit out of you? So all this technology and you still want to weigh your recipes out like Mom did 20 years ago? Yeah, sure ok, makes a whole hell of a lotta sense to me. Instead of placing your mixing bowl on the scale and measuring your butter right into the bowl. NO! Let’s drag out the measuring cups, cram the butter into the measuring cup, then scoop it out of the measuring cup and into the mixing bowl. Then repeat with the flour and sugar and God knows what other ingredients. Now you have a sink full of more things you have to wash too. America is getting fatter and lazier. You would think people would be happier knowing that a scale would make getting food into our faces easier and faster. But no! How soon before the pizza delivery guy actually feeds you?

What I’m really trying to get at, is that scales are a lot more accurate than measuring cups. The old story they use in Culinary School is, lets say Bill weighs out a cup of flour and Julie weighs out a cup of flour. The chances of both of those cups weighing the same, is slim to none. Thus a scale is much more accurate.

There you go. I hope that answers your scale questions. Any more questions feel free to email me.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Gus

“Food is celebratory. People who don’t cook don’t know how much fun they’re missing”
Leo Buscaglia