[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Recipe Measurements

Greg Mason gmason001 at comcast.net
Fri Jan 6 18:08:19 PST 2006

My mother-in-law and her sisters (from Lipno Kreis) use a very novel  
recipe method for potato salad.  In addition to the "pinches" and  
"handfuls" etc, they also LISTEN to the sound of the salad when  
mixing in the mayo and mustard.  This helps to compensate for the  
humidity of the air and the amount of moisture in the potatoes.  I   
did not believe this until I actually tried it.  This method produces  
the absolute best German potato salad and you cannot describe the  
sound to anyone.  One can only learn it at the elbow of a master cook.

On Jan 4, 2006, at 6:39 PM, Debbie wrote:

> I remember when my sister started to write down recipes while my  
> Grandma was
> cooking.  She would stand by with a recipe card and measuring cups and
> spoons ready.  When Grandma would say "take a pinch of this and a  
> handful of
> that" my sister would have her put her "pinch" and "handful" into a
> measuring spoon or cup and write down the approximate equivilant on  
> the
> card.
> Then we worked from there.  It actually worked pretty well and we  
> were able
> to come up with some basics to start with.
> Debbie Beick
>> After she had died the grown daughters, my husband's sisters,  
>> tried  to
> make the
>> same stuffing but just couldn't get the right flavor as they   
>> remembered.
> I
>> guess our immigrant family members always cooked with the  "little  
>> bit of
>> this, and little bit of that" habit.  So how could one  really  
>> know what
> amount of
>> spices were used, etc.
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