Dear Izzy is an anonymous advice column that offers solutions to everyday challenges for people with vision loss.
For years, my favourite activity over the holidays was baking. My family always looks forward to receiving their Christmas care packages filled with an assortment of delicious goodies. However, as my vision slowly deteriorates I find myself dreading the chore. Simple tasks like measuring small quantities of liquid have suddenly become more difficult. I usually end up spilling the ingredients all over the counter or onto the floor. Do you have any suggestions? Please help me!
Baffled Baker in Branford
Dear Baffled Baker in Branford,
My favourite solution for measuring small quantities of liquid like vanilla, oils, and vinegars, begins with a set of cheap metal nested measuring spoons. Nested measuring spoons are usually bound together with a metal ring. The spoons stack on top of each other making it easy to identify the different sizes.
Place the metal measuring spoons in a cup of hot water. When the spoons are warm, bend the bowl portion of the spoon to a 90º angle to the handle so the spoons are shaped like miniature ladles. Transfer your liquid ingredients into wide-mouth jars.
To measure, simply dip the appropriate spoon into the liquid. When you pull the spoon out of the jar, you will instantly have the correct measurement of the liquid. This method works equally well with other liquids like syrups and salad dressings. If you would like to learn additional kitchen skills, contact your local CNIB office. Happy baking!
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