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It's all about measurement today with a peek into Mrs. O's kitchen!
We've had some seriously rainy days in the past week. Since I go back to school two weeks from today, it was time to make a batch of sauce. That's right, I make my own homemade spaghetti sauce. As someone who grew up in a predominately Italian area (though I'm not Italian), it was kind of a rite of passage and a prerequisite for dating to be able to make your own sauce. However, I didn't master it until I was in my mid-20's.
Now, I'm not about to give away my super secret recipe. Instead, I want to show the many ways that I use measurement to be a sauce-making success! So let's get this sauce-y party started!
I start with 3 pounds of meat. Since the containers that I purchase have more than a pound, I have to weigh each portion of meat. However, my food scale only weighs in ounces, so I have do a bit of converting. I need 16 ounces of three different meats. Add that up, and I have a total of 48 ounces of meat in my sauce!
Once I have all of the meat cooking in the pan, I have to prepare other ingredients.
Do you know what's in the picture below? The ingredient in the back is blended mushrooms. I know, some of you are saying, "Yuck!" I have to have one cup of blended mushrooms so after I blend the mushrooms up, I have to measure them to be sure that I have the right amount. The bottom ingredient is diced onions. I have to cut an onion, then dice half of it in 1/4 inch pieces and blend the other half. Is your head spinning with math yet?
I need a lot of crushed tomatoes. I can't wait to own a house in a few years and be able to grow and can my own tomatoes, but until then I have to settle for the canned tomatoes from the store. These giant cans are 28 oz. Of course, I need about 100 oz. otherwise my cooking pot will overflow. I have to get 4 cans, dump in 3, and then estimate about 3/4 of the 4th can.
Then it's time to add the seasonings, all of which are measured in either tablespoons or teaspoons!
|I've got the tablespoon out for the oregano!|
When all of the ingredients are mixed in, it's time to let the sauce cook.
|Start Time: 12:06 p.m.|
|Timer is set for 5 hours|
I have to use my elapsed time skills so that I can tell Mr. O what time the sauce will be ready. I start it at 12:06 p.m. and it has to cook for about 5 hours so I estimate that it will be done around 5:00 p.m! Tick tock, tick tock!
By the time my sauce is finished, I have used math in real life by measuring in teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, inches, ounces, and pounds. I used addition when I was preparing the meat and crushed tomatoes. I've converted ounces to pounds and I 've estimated both time and capacity. And the taste of the sauce? Worth every moment of that work! One pot of sauce makes enough for 6 meals for the hubby and I. We're stocked up until the fall now!