Sunday, 8 May 2016

11:25 – We’re baking today. We just made up enough bread dough for a couple of large loaves, using the King Arthur Flour recipe for No-Knead Crusty White Bread as well as dough to make the Allrecipes.com Soft Oatmeal Cookies. If you’ve never visited the KAF website, you’re missing an excellent resource for newbie and experienced bakers alike.

One of the things I really like about KAF recipes is that they give measures in volume, traditional weight, and SI mass. Like most scientists, I’m uncomfortable using volume measures, which are by their nature imprecise and not reproducible. So I use metric mass units, weighed to the gram on one of our AWS SE-50 shipping scales. They cost about $25, run on the included AC adapter or AA cells, read out in pounds and ounces to 0.1 ounce resolution, or in kilograms or grams, with 1 g resolution from 0 to 20 kilos and 2 g resolution from 20 to 50 kilos. They’re extremely useful for many tasks other than shipping and cooking, including counting bulk items, repackaging bulk staples, and so on.