If it calls for 1/4 tsp it’s probably a pretty potent ingredient, so it needs very precise measurement and I will use a measuring spoon. If it’s half a tbsp, i might eyeball it depending on the ingredient.
I know where the measuring spoons should be, and if they’re there then great, we’ll use em. But if they’re not, well, fuck it, we’re eyeballin’ this shit. I ain’t got all day. I mean, I do, but I ain’t wastin’ it organizin’ the kitchen.
For soup or stir fry, we don’t need no measurements. It’s all about flavoring to taste.
Baking, on the other hand, is an exact science and prone to catastrophic failure. Measuring is mandatory. And it’s a good idea to actually read the label to be sure you have what you think you have. (Powder and soda are not interchangeable…)
Under “Oregon Measure 110 Drug Decriminalization initiative” that was on the ballot a few weeks ago & approved by over 58% of the voters, you can have up to 12 grams of 'shrooms (psilocybin), and 40 hits of acid.
You can also have have up to 1 gram of heroin, 2 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of methamphetamine, and 40 Oxy pills (plus a few others.)
All for personal consumption I presume! (?)
BTW, be careful with the acid. You can apparently OD. While a “recreational” dose can range from 100 to 200 mcg (that’s micrograms), the lethal dose is reported to be 320,000 mcg, or 320 mg, or less than 1/3 of a gram. And that’s a lot less than 1/4 teaspoon!
@ELJAY I’ve never done drugs of any kind other than alcohol and I don’t even drink anymore. I guess you missed my weak attempt at sarcastic humor. As far as the stupid people who voted for 109 and 110, they can all OD as far as I care.
@ELJAY@tweezak from what I understand, psilocybin is one of the best antidepressants around. I’m assuming that’s why they are getting a dispensary like medical marijuana. I had read that if you trip, you can go almost a month without antidepressant pills.
@ELJAY@RiotDemon@tweezak I bet if you exercise, i.e. go for a walk, dance to your favorite songs, etc. every day you might reduce or eliminate antidepressant pills too. Not sure dropping acid is a good idea for long term depression remediation.
@ELJAY@tweezak My understanding of measure 109 is that the psilocybin will only be available for administration by licensed professionals in clinical settings. No (legal) self-medicating.
(I’m also in Oregon.)
@ELJAY@macromeh LOL!! If you read the full text of the bill, the “clinic” is basically any building and the person administering the “treatment” need only be over 18 years of age and can only be required to have a high school education. There is no medical oversight. This is a sham. It’s the camel’s nose under the tent on the way to shroom legalization just like was done with weed (medical-dispensary-recreational). These are going to be this century’s opium dens.
@rockblossom For me, it’s pretty much the same thing. You see, I’m a chemist (organic Ph.D., retired). Good lab skills are much the same thing as mise en place. I use weights in grams for most of my cooking, so that I can calculate calories accurately and reproduce that which I have cooked and recipes consistently. It takes very little extra effort to do this, once you have the skills. You also become very efficient producing your dish and a clean kitchen at the same time. (And yes, I keep a notebook when I cook.)
A teaspoon (U.S.) is 5.9 ml or cc, if you prefer. A metric teaspoon is 6 ml. That said, a quarter of a teaspoon translated to weight (mass) all depends on the bulk density of what you are working with. The bulk density of say instant yeast (3g/teaspoon) and salt (6g/teaspoon) are quite different.
But wait, there’s more!
If your recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon of neutron star, aka neutronium, (density ~ 10^14 g/ml), this would be 1.5 x 10^14 g or 150,000,000 metric tons. Going for a whole teaspoon would make a bit of a difference at 600,000,000 tons. A little bit of neutronium as they say goes a long way. It would smart like heck if you dropped it on your foot, say.
So what if your recipe called for 1/4 teaspoon of black hole? Given that a black hole is presumably a singularity and has zero volume, we will for the purposes here just assume that the event horizon radius will be sufficient. A black hole with an event horizon volume of 1 cc would weigh ~6 x 10^27 grams (roughly the weight of the Earth) or about 30 x 10^27g/teaspoon, give or take.
Why adding just a bit too much neutronium or worse yet black hole could change your whole recipe, dontchaknowed? Which is why we no longer keep either our neutronium or black hole in a shaker any more. It is just too easy to get carried away and sprinkle on too much.
It takes a lot of baking powder to make a neutonium biscuit rise and more yet for a black hole biscuit. And don’t get me started on cake or sour dough bread.
@Jackinga If I’m at home in my kitchen, I just leave out the neutronium because I never liked the taste. I also avoid any recipes that call for a pinch of black hole, as (although I would like to be a bit taller and thinner) I prefer not to get spaghettified.
If it’s a recipe where I’m going to care how it tastes, I really should trust the recipe and not my proven-terrible ability to eyeball a volume. Made some cottage pie the other day and … the parsley.
If it’s garlic: just be sure there’s enough. Those cloves look kind of small. Better grab three times as many to be on the safe side. That powder might be old, better use tablespoons. This gonna be good.
As with most things, it depends. If I’m cooking, I’ll just throw in a pinch of whatever. But if I’m baking, I’m breaking out my cute little 1/4 teaspoon and measuring. Baking rewards precision, cooking rewards experimentation. Usually.
If I’m baking, I’m almost always going to be using weight measures instead of volumetric, but if for whatever reason I’m forced into it, maybe grandma’s famous molasses cookies and I want to make sure they turn out just like hers, sure I’ll break out the ¼ tsp measure. If I’m cooking, usually the recipe is just a wise suggestion. I’ll take into account the author and presumed testing conditions before deciding how much precision to use.