Homestead Hack: Easy Baking Measurement Reminders

by Tammy Taylor~

As a matter of routine I make my handsome RancherMan his favorite sandwich bread since I’ve FINALLY been able to nail down a homemade bread recipe that resulted in a light fluffy loaf.  Since I make bread often I have come up with some Bread-Making Shortcuts so that I’m not starting out from scratch each & every time.  One of the shortcuts involves amending my 2-loaf recipe to three loaves since my oven will hold 3 loaf pans at one time.  But y’all know how confusing it can be when you’re changing a recipe and wondering how many cups you’ve already added. I started using today’s Homestead Hack waaaaay back when my children were young.  It seems they were constantly coming into the kitchen breaking my concentration while I was baking.

HOMESTEAD HACK: EASY MEASUREMENT REMINDERS. I'd often stop and ask myself "Was that 4 cups or 5 that I just dumped in the bowl?" but NO MORE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

When measuring and adding ingredients I used to often stop midway through and ask myself “Was that 4 cups of flour or 5 that I just dumped into the bowl?”  So now when I’m baking (and especially when I’m changing a recipe) I’ll bring out a small cup that I keep nearby containing a few of my grandmother’s old vintage buttons.  From that small cup I pick out 7 large black buttons and one smaller white one (for the 1/2 cup).  When I dump a cup of flour into the bowl I slide one of the large black buttons aside until they’re all moved.  Then I measure & add my 1/2 cup for the white button.  I don’t even have to keep count – when the buttons are moved, I’m done!  I use the same procedure whether I’m measuring cups of flour or teaspoons of yeast.

HOMESTEAD HACK: EASY MEASUREMENT REMINDERS. I'd often stop and ask myself "Was that 4 cups or 5 that I just dumped in the bowl?" but NO MORE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

The buttons are then wiped off and placed back in the cup, ready to use next time!  This Homestead Hack has served me well for many years and probably saved more recipes from disaster than I can count!  I also love that my beloved grandmother still has a hand in my baking…

~TMH~

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19 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: Easy Baking Measurement Reminders

  1. Katy SkipTheBag

    This is great. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve lost count! This would have helped a ton. Thanks for sharing at the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!

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  2. Elaine

    That is a really cute hack!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!

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  3. Karen

    What a great idea to keep track of how many cups you have used, but the added benefit is that every time you use your Grandma’s button you can think of her. Love it. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Link Party.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Yes ma’am Karen, and I do think warmly of my grandmother each time I use them. ~TMH~

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  4. Lisa from Iroquois

    I am not quite so organized but when things are hectic I grab anything on hand to hold the count. Spoons or raisins that are supposed to go in the recipe both work too.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      When my little ones were in elementary school and wanted to help mommy in the kitchen, I also used these buttons as real-life math lessons. “Ok sweetie, we have 6 buttons but we need to use 3 of them to help us measure the flour. How many is 6 buttons minus 3 buttons?” Then we had buttons doing double duty!! ~TMH~

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  5. ColleenB.~Texas

    Clever idea Tammy. I normally set out all my ingredients on the counter (except refrigerated items that is) the night before with my flour, sugar, etc. all premeasured and put in covered containers so when next day comes, everything is already set out and ready to start baking / cooking.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It’s sure helped me Colleen, especially when the kids were young and still living at home. It seems I’d be in the middle of measuring the flour and one of the kids would come into the kitchen & start a conversation about an assignment they needed a poster board for… TOMORROW! LOL. This method has saved more recipes than I can count over the years! ~TMH~

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  6. Carla

    What a great idea! Thank you for sharing it! I have fibromyalgia, and often struggle with ‘fibro-fog’ – I have to tell you, it can REALLY mess with your head, and make you forget stuff like this. The more mundane a thing is, the more likely I am to forget, because even without the fibro, I’d get careless, or interrupted, or oh look! A thingy! This just might save quite a few meals for me, too. Thank you!

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  7. Patty

    I’m glad I am not the only one who can’t remember what i just did. I usually just dump things in a separate bowl and try to ignore the interruptions but that isn’t always possible. I think I will get my buttons out. Thanks.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Sometimes it’s better safe than sorry Patty. I tried measuring into a separate bowl and dumping into a larger bowl to combine ingredients, but I found myself re-measuring the ingredient I was measuring out way too often. But then again I think I’m very easily distracted. HA! ~TMH~

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    2. Brenda

      Thanks for the tip.. I have a tip for you that I use myself …if you make bread regularly I make up bags for each loaf so I’m not pulling out the flour, sugar, powdered milk and salt every time I need to make my loaf of bread..it saves time , cleanup and is quick..HTH..

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      1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

        Yessum Brenda – my oven holds 3 loaf pans at a time so I have what I’ve termed a ‘Bread-Starter Kit” that has a few containers of combined ingredients for a 3-loaf baking session. As you mentioned, it really does save both time and cleanup! ~TMH~

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