Ounce of Wisdom

July 28th, 2008, by Ben

I stumbled upon a useful bit of knowledge today. Since many of you, like me, are not professionally trained in the language of recipese, I thought I should share.

When a recipe calls for “1 ¼-oz. unflavored gelatin”, this means to use one packet, a quarter-ounce in size (the standard size dry packet). It does NOT mean to use 1¼ OUNCES (a whole box) of gelatin. Of sticky, gooey, solid-as-a-jiggly-rock-when-you-use-five-times-the-recommended-amount gelatin.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Bad

PS: Also, should you happen to make that (very understandable, and natural, and possibly even commendable) mistake, I'd recommend that you detach the whisk and throw out the concoction (whole, as a single piece of... whatever it is) instead of trying to flush it down the drain. I would imagine (imagine! no direct experience!) that the drain would resist.

PPS: Also recommended is waiting for your spouse to be away for the day when trying new recipes, especially those with poorly thought-out typographic conventions. And have extra Liquid Plumr on hand at all times.

3 Responses to “Ounce of Wisdom”

  1. MaryjoO Says:
    can't imagine .... we were in some country and they had gelatin "sheets" that you used -- that was convenient!! But American recipes also mess up the yeast issue in baking -- some call for tsps, some call for pkg, some call for fresh ... it's a mess on the conversion side. I'm always looking up "what they really mean" on the internet. What yeast measurements did you use in the baking parts of your classes?
  2. Lydia Says:
    Yeah, when I'm away, my husband does get a bit adventuresome in the kitchen, also. That's a really silly video. I have a feeling Francesca's going to come home sometime soon to find you making a gelatin Eiffel Tower.
  3. rosie Says:
    Nightmare! But what is liquid plumr? I'm guessing at some sort of evil drain unblocking chemical.

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