Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday


Today's tip is something I learned from my Mom a long time ago. When she was teaching me to bake, she told me that the tops to extract bottles, as in vanilla extract usually measured 1 teaspoon. So - when baking, if your recipe calls for a teaspoon (which is common with vanilla), you can just use the top!


I have done this for all my life, but when I was thinking about sharing this hint, I thought I should test it to see if it still held true. I used several different types of extracts. Both the tall and short bottles held true to what my Mom told me. They all were one teaspoon.
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18 comments:

TJ said...

That's always what I was taught too. But I'm glad you measured to be sure - so now I'm sure. :)

Kayren, Pink Daisy Girl said...

I used to do that all the time. I'm not sure when I stopped doing it, but I think it was when my bottle lid started getting stuck and I couldn't get it open anymore! Maybe no one else has this problem but me, but if I did it again in a pinch I'd rinse my lid before I put it back on. But come to think of it, my most recent lid is a flip-top. Hmmm... Glad you measured and we know for sure though, because I never did.

Kathy said...

What a great idea, Mari. Thank you for posting this. We'll do the test in our own kitchen too!

Andrea said...

I never knew that!

Big hugs and prayers, andrea

linda said...

I had never heard that so thanks for sharing! Learn something new everyday don't you!

Rebekah said...

I've always heard that and wondered about it. And now I know for a fact! thanks

A Stone Gatherer said...

Great tip Mari! I'll remember that.

Hootin' Anni said...

Yep, yep.....my mom told me that years ago. And I love vanilla best. There is just something about it.

Come by if you can today, I have a lethal beauty waiting for you. [and it's nothing to do with halloween today, surprise surprise. LOL]

Brooke said...

i love this tip! i always hate having to wash all of those measuring spoons at the end of baking.

septembermom said...

Terrific tip! I will use it for sure. Especially with Christmas cookie season coming up!

~Ginger said...

Me too! :)

Renee said...

Great tip!

Heart2Heart said...

Mari,

I never knew that little tip but figured it looked just about like a teaspoon so I used it anyway.

Great idea now that holiday baking is coming up!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

likeschocolate said...

Thanks for the tip!

Mari said...

Awesome!!!

Pat said...

You know, I was baking the other day,and I seemed to remember that to be true, but in this fog of old age...I wasn't sure. I too measured it and was pleased to not only find it true, but that my memory wasn't totally gone!

Musicaljean said...

I am almost 58 years old, and I have NEVER heard that before! Isn't that nifty?

Melissa said...

I've always done this too! It's a nice time saver.