Although there are a few chefs who prescribe to the slap-dash cookery theory that real cooks don't measure their ingredients, you will find that most professional chefs actually do. Bakers in particular need to be very precise when adding ingredients to their dishes as a slight mistake in ratios could lead to a kitchen disaster and a revolting repast or disgusting dessert. If you have aspirations of being a top home cook or even pursuing this interest as a career, you will need a good set of measuring spoons and measuring cups so that you can ensure you are adding just enough of the required ingredients to your dishes. Measuring spoons are inexpensive items but they are essential bakeware and general cookware items.
The scientific approach to cooking, using items such as measuring spoons and measuring cups has become even more popular in the last couple of years thanks to chefs such as Heston Blumenthal who uses many scientific techniques in the production of his novel and innovative dishes. He is known as something of a culinary alchemist and by using measuring spoons and other equipment to add precise amounts of ingredients to his concoctions, he has been able to create some fantastic and original dishes, such as mustard ice cream, nitro poached green tea and lime mousse and 'powdered Anjou pigeon'. Without measuring cups or measuring spoons such amazing platters would have been impossible to devise.
As Heston Blumenthal and many professional chefs know, cooking is all about the right measurements and with a good set of measuring spoons and measuring cups you should be able to make a myriad of masterpieces, such as the following:
• Miso soup – miso soup is a traditional Japanese consommé filled with delicate flavours and fantastic, healthy ingredients. It usually contains soup stock, miso paste, tofu, green onion and seasoning and it is vitally important that the ratios of ingredients put into the pot while cooking are correct.
• Lamb madras – if there is any meal that requires measuring spoons it is curry, and a lamb madras is a good example of a dish where measurements must be just so. A madras needs a multitude of ingredients such as coriander seeds, ginger, garlic, cumin, coconut milk, tomatoes among many other things so getting the correct amounts is essential.
• Chocolate fudge cake – baking is an area where measuring spoons are vital and if you are going to make a chocolate fudge cake it is imperative to use exact amounts of flour, sugar and cocoa otherwise it will taste awful.
If you are in need of some quality measuring spoons and measuring cups head down to a ProCook shop today. There are 17 around the country so there should be one near you, or alternatively shop online for an easy experience.