You can easily learn to recognize what a cup of flour looks like in your mixing bowl and what a quarter-teaspoon of salt looks like in the palm of your hand. To free yourself from measuring cups and spoons, you’ll need to learn what each measurement looks like.
Lay out a long sheet of parchment paper across your table or counter, about 24″ long.
Using flour, rice, oats or any similar dry ingredient, measure out 1 cup, 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup.
Dump them onto the parchment paper in separate piles.
Study how large the piles are — this represents what would be in your mixing bowl or saucepan.
Take it one step further and see what those measurements actually look like in the bowls and pans you use most. And you don’t have to do it all at once -- be observant the next time you cook, paying special attention to what that half-cup of rice looks like in your saucepan.
You can also recognize what liquid ingredients -- like water, cream and oil -- look like by measuring them in appropriate cups and spoons and adding them to your most commonly used bowls and pans.
You can probably fit a full 1/4 cup in the palm of your hand. And with up to 1/4 cup, you can measure anything. Need a cup of rice? Measure out four handfuls; it’s that easy. If you need a tablespoon, teaspoon or something similar, pay close attention the next time you measure something. Place it in the palm of your hand before adding it to whatever you’re cooking and notice how much space it takes up in your hand.
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