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Do you measure each item when following a recipe or do you just guess quantities?

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I am really "anal" about this!

I have to have the exact measurements of each thing and would very rarely just guess.

I always think if I do not measure and guess the recipe will not taste right or will look wrong, or some such.

I have friends who never measure anything and just guess if they are following a recipe -I admire this as I seem unable to do it this way.
by Finy
My partner is like that. He makes MERINGUE without measuring lol I stink at meringue with a recipe ....
by meggf
For the correct way to cook, one should always measure.
I Certainly do.
Good chef's always insist on it, and I think they know more than I do.
I have seen people cook with a little of this and a lot of that!
It makes my skin crawl.

Putting food together is not a hit-n-miss game.
I have made some very bad choices over the many years by doing it.

Thank goodness common sense came to me.
I am afraid that I am not much of a recipe follower!!! I always seem to change them somewhere to make them my own!!! If I am doing something for the first time or something which is very intricate,I will be a good little cookie(forgive the pun!!!) and follow the recipe exactly!
I have to measure. I'm terrible at "guesstimating".
by Vee
I always measure things out, but I don't necessarily follow the quantities given in the recipe.
It depends what I am cooking. If it is a cake or similar which I haven't made before I will probably measure. Experience tends to give you an idea of when you need to be exact and when you can guess a bit. I have known experienced cooks who made cakes etc without a recipe and didn't measure carefully but got good results. My grandmother was one of those cooks. When asked how much flour, sugar etc she used in her famous German cake recipe she would say, "You know, just enough'.
was it a Gugelhupf?
by Finy
No. Grandma made kuchen with the streusal topping. She used to bake big slabs of it in the old wood stove.
it depends what it is. When I make dahl I measure carefully because I like it to taste perfect every time but that's the only savoury thing I measure with. With sweets and cakes etc I do measure carefully though because I don't have a very good feel for those.
I do not exactly follow the recipe, I guess and use quantity . It has always worked out for me much better. Just get the ingredients and method from recipe.
Not always the recipe writer puts exact measurements there and it varies according to their taste as well ( very spicy or too sweet , depends ! ).
by BK
If baking I always follow the recipe but with other receives I just guess as I go along
by AJ
I usually just guess - mostly because I can never find the scales in my kitchen!
I always stick exactly to the recipe unless it suggests you can add this or that as a choice......unless I am creating my own little dish in which case I enjoy experimenting (not for guests though!). Sounds like I cook a lot which I don't anymore...
by fran
My mother-in-law was the best cook ever and never measured anything. I used to measure when I was first learning to cook, but now I follow in her footsteps and throw in a bit of this and a bit of that for most things.
Originally, yes. But after years' of experience, & constantly having to entertain, got the feel & look of amounts.
But cake cooking still has to be precisely measured!
I follow a recipe every evening, just about, & yes I do measure each item.
by Miro
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