Kitchen Essentials For Success

Whether you are new to the Zone, or have been following it for some time, you might think that some of the measurements in our Zone Diet Recipes are a bit specific.

We’ve got a three responses for this: One, for the recipe to be scaled to you, and for it to remain balanced, we need to use accurate measurements. Two, if it’s too tedious to measure that closely, don’t give up – because close is good enough. And three? Well, three is: get the right kitchen utensils and it becomes much, much easier.

If you don’t have anything in your kitchen drawers, then these four basic essentials will be valuable investments. Ask anyone who has them: they use them ALL the time!

Essential #1: Measuring Spoons

Plastic or metal (we prefer plastic, but that’s because we enjoy sourdough – which reacts poorly with metal utensils), you don’t have to spend a lot on a measuring spoon set. You should get one that has at least 5 pieces (we recommend six) – otherwise it just isn’t as easy! The sizes you should look for are:

  • 1/8 teaspoon (good to have, may be optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon
  • 1 Tablespoon

Essential #2: Measuring Cups

Again, a set of measuring cups makes life so much simpler. Our Essential #3 is a large Pyrex (glass) measuring cup – which is great for liquids. But a set of measuring cups is perfect for measuring out ingredients such as pearl barley. We recommend at least four pieces. The sizes you should get are:

  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/3 cup
  • 1/2 cup
  • 2/3 cup (nice, but optional)
  • 3/4 cup (again, great to have, but optional)
  • 1 cup

Essential #3: Glass (Pyrex) Measuring Cup

A glass measuring cup is perfect for measuring larger volumes, as well as excellent for measuring liquids. It is a perfect compliment to a set of Measuring cups. We’d recommend a 2 cup (1 pint) model, but a 4 cup model might be nice if you’ve got a family and might work with larger amounts.

Essential #4: A Kitchen Scale

A kitchen scale can be very handy. OK, look – this actually depends on you. If you can do the math to see that an 8 ounce package of turkey can be divided into 4 even units to yield 2 ounces of turkey for your meal, then excellent. Or if you can figure out that dividing an 8 ounce block of cheese in half, then half again, then half again yields a 1 ounce piece (that could then be divided in half, to get a 1/2 ounce piece), then you don’t need a scale. Many people have great success without a scale.

But if you don’t want to figure those things out, then you are the perfect candidate for buying a scale. A scale can simplify things tremendously, and give you confidence that you are measuring your meals properly.

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