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## 5 Ways To Measure Foods Without A Scale

You might want to assemble a few different objects of known weight. For example, you could take a pound of rice and split it between the two measuring pans to create two separate half-pound collections of rice. You can then take one of those and split that in half, and so on. In this way you can create half-pound, quarter-pound, eighth-pound, and maybe even one-sixteenth-pound one ounce weights from one bag of rice. Be careful to use only objects whose dry weight is known. Eight ounces of orange juice, for example, does not weigh eight ounces, it consists of eight fluid ounces. If your household scale is broken, nonexistent or you just want a second opinion, you may be wondering if there's a way you can weigh an object without a scale in a pinch. Though, strictly speaking, there is no way to measure weight without a scale since any apparatus you put together to measure weight is, technically, a type of scalethe most rudimentary lever-and-fulcrum weight measuring device is one that can be quickly assembled using readily available household objects. For rough weight measurements, this technique can substitute for a professional scale. Gather some objects whose weights are known to you. Good household objects include hand weights. Or look to your kitchen, where packages of dry food are printed with weight measurements of their contents. You can also use containers of water a gallon of water weighs 8. Create a fulcrum for the plank to sit upon. This should be something round, such as a bottle or canister on its side you'll need to fix it in place on the floor—tape works well for this or a round-bottomed bowl. Make sure that whatever you use is strong enough to hold the weight of your plank, the object you're measuring and enough measurement objects to equal its weight. The fulcrum must also be high enough to give your plank full clearance of the floor. Create two measuring pans. This can be something like two aluminum pie tins or two identical plastic bottles with the tops cut off. Place one measuring pan on each end of the plank and attach it so it won't move during the measurement. Balance your plank with its attached measuring pans on the fulcrum.

## How to Weigh Food Without a Scale

Many recipes, especially baking recipes, require very specific measurements. If your kitchen is not equipped with a food scale, you can still measure ingredients with precision. Using foods that are already weighed to serve as a benchmark for other foods is a good way to quantify small quantities of many different ingredients. Many pantry staples come in premeasured packages in a variety of different weights. Finding lighter preweighed packages may be harder, but foods weighing a pound or more are relatively easy to find. Determine the weight of the ingredient you need to measure. For recipes that allow you some flexibility, round the needed weight to the nearest quarter-pound. Identify which of your pantry items is closest in weight to the amount specified in the recipe. Cans are often useful premeasured weights because they are left unopened until used in their entirety. For larger amounts, use bags of rice, sugar or flour that come in 1- 5- and lb. Pour some of the ingredient you would like to measure into a plastic bag. Using your two hands, estimate how closely the weight of the needed ingredient matches the known weight of the pantry staple. Try to get the two weights as close as possible by adding or subtracting the ingredient in the plastic bag. Set aside the newly measured ingredient. For recipes that use several similarly weighted items, it may be easier to weigh another ingredient to the weight of the newly measured ingredient. By doing so you can keep the estimated weights skewed in the same way and the ratio of ingredients you measure will remain similar. For items like meat, it may be easier to use a visual guide to estimate amounts. For smaller weight measurement be creative: some produce, like sugar snap peas, come prepackaged in 2- or 3-oz. If you are trying to measure a liquid, it may be less messy to use a plastic container covered in plastic wrap rather than a plastic bag. Keep in mind that the container will add a few ounces of weight to the ingredient you are trying to measure. Based in Seattle, Antonia Lawrence has been writing and editing since Lawrence has worked and traveled extensively in both Europe and Asia. Tip For items like meat, it may be easier to use a visual guide to estimate amounts.