No kitchen tool? Lazy to wash another piece of kitchen equipment? No problem.
As it turns out, one of the most accessible tools you may require in the kitchen has been with you all along: your hand.
For many dieters and bodybuilders, portion control is key. Learning all about proper serving sizes and how many calories each serving contains can go a long way in helping us to manage our body weight. Many of us have likely gone our entire lives not knowing about portioning and recommended serving sizes, resulting in overeating and ultimately, undesirable weight gain.
To help measure out serving sizes correctly, measuring cups and spoons can be very useful. However, if you don’t have any of those, here are some innovative ways of portioning out serving sizes using just your hand. Your hand size is proportionate to your body size, so it makes for a personalised means of measuring out serving sizes.
To measure out one serving of meat, poultry, or fish…
Use your palm. 1 serving equals 1 palm-sized portion of meat, which weighs out to 25 to 30 grams of protein. A palm-sized portion is the same thickness and diameter as your palm. So, for thinner slices of fish, the length of the protein usually extends to the tips of the fingers.
To measure out one serving of cooked vegetables…
Measure out approximately a fist-sized portion. This equals 1 cup of cooked greens, such as broccoli, carrots, and peppers.
To measure out one serving of leafy greens…
Measure out a serving by cupping your 2 hands together. One serving is 2 cups of leafy greens.
To measure out one serving of carbohydrates…
Again, use your fist. Your fist is approximately the size of a cup, which is one proper serving of carbohydrates, that is, your cooked pasta, rice, quinoa, and other grains.
To measure out one serving of fat…
For fat dense foods like oils, nuts, nut butters, avocado, egg yolks, use your entire thumb size to portion out a serving.
To measure out one serving of uncooked pasta…
For all those of us that find ourselves throwing away leftover pasta wastefully time after time – use the joints of your fingers. This is a pretty nifty tip.
Measuring ingredients using your hand
In the middle of baking a cake and the measuring cup nowhere to be found? The accuracy may be slightly off, but this trick using various parts of your hand makes rough estimation easy, with no wash up necessary.
How do you know if the meat is cooked?
Unrelated to portion control, but still an interesting way of handling things in the kitchen, is how to tell whether your meat is cooked by doing the “finger test.”
Pretty cool, but we still think that until you master this touch-and-feel method, you’d best stick to ascertaining the doneness of your meat by poking the meat to see if juices run clear.
After all, no one likes raw chicken.
Cover photo: Luciliadiniz