Standard And Local Measuring Equipment

Measuring Equipment/Tools Measuring equipment plays a crucial role in determining quantities of food items, ensuring consistency, recipe balance, quality requirements, accurate seasoning, and other necessary measurements in catering.   Standard tools: Manual kitchen scale Liquid measuring cups Measuring spoons Digital food scales Electronic kitchen scales Ladles, etc.   Local tools: Tins (e.g., milk tins, tomato […]

Measuring Equipment/Tools

Measuring equipment plays a crucial role in determining quantities of food items, ensuring consistency, recipe balance, quality requirements, accurate seasoning, and other necessary measurements in catering.

 

Standard tools:

  1. Manual kitchen scale
  2. Liquid measuring cups
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Digital food scales
  5. Electronic kitchen scales
  6. Ladles, etc.

 

Local tools:

  1. Tins (e.g., milk tins, tomato tins)
  2. Kongo
  3. Plastic paint buckets
  4. Palm
  5. Soup plates
  6. Soup spoons, etc.

 

Measuring Equipment And Their Uses

 

Tools for weighing:

Scales are employed to weigh dry or solid ingredients. Two types of scales are commonly used:

  1. a) Balance scale: Equipped with weights, the correct weight of the food item is achieved when it balances the weight on the other side, ensuring level equilibrium.
  2. b) Spring scale: The correct weight is determined when the indicator needle points to the required weight on the dial, with the needle at zero before weighing begins.

 

Measuring cups:

Used for measuring liquids or dry ingredients, measuring cups require placement on a flat surface for liquid measurement, with readings taken at eye level. For dry ingredients, the contents should be leveled off before taking the reading.

 

Measuring spoons:

Available in various sizes, measuring spoons are utilized for measuring liquids and dry ingredients.

 

Conversion Methods

LOCAL                  STANDARD (METRIC)

Liquid

  1. ½ teaspoon (tsp) 5ml
  2. 1 teaspoon (tsp) 5ml
  3. ½ tablespoon (tbsp) 5ml
  4. 1 tablespoon (tbsp.) 15ml (60 drops)
  5. 1 cup (milk tin) 150ml (16 tbsp)
  6. ½ cup 75ml
    1. With measuring jug/cup:
  7. 1 litre 1000ml
  8. ½ litre 500ml
    1. 5 litres
  9. 1 beer bottle 750ml
    1. 1 gallon

 

Dry/Solid

  1. 1 heaped tablespoon of flour, cocoa, or custard powder 25g
  2. 1 level tablespoon of rice, sugar, or salt 25g
  3. 1 heaped tbsp. of rice, sugar, or salt 30g
  4. 2 heaped tbsp. of bread crumbs 25g
  5. ½ derica cup 400g
  6. 1 big derica cup 850g
  7. 1 large egg 50g

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