Initially, I was planning to put up a food post today, with recipe of course. But then, THREE people over the weekend complained to me that the recipe I had given them was written in metric measurements to be weighed on a scale. METRIC. They were used to imperial, as in cups and spoons and all that, and I gave them GRAMS.
A little history: at this point, the US is I think the only industrialized nation NOT using SI, or the “International System of Units”. That said, American measurements such as the foot, the pound etc. are defined in terms of metric units, and have been since the mid-1900s. Back then, the US was actually on the forefront of metrication, believe it or not. But in the early 21st century, while everybody else is using SI, the US can at best be described as a “soft metric” society.
My guess is that people are just so used to measuring this way, it is hard to switch. And since it is not mandated anywhere but to my knowledge within the government itself, nobody will give it up easily. Just some good American patriotic stubbornness – a trait for which I actually love this country. :-*
Nevertheless, I grew up with metric and I think it is BY FAR superior to imperial. Three simple reasons:
1. More precise (100 g of sugar = 100 g flour = 100 g of butter etc.).
2. Easier to scale.
3. Easier to handle – just fill up the bowl, zero out the scale, add the next ingredient. No switching of utensils required.
But because I think I will need to somehow accommodate the “imperial” way of thinking for the time being, I am working on a way to include cups and spoons into future projects. In the meantime, I have decided this would be a perfect excuse for MY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY: I am giving away a brand-new Salter 1020 Aquatronic Electronic Kitchen Scale. To get in the hopper is EASY – for the next week,
1. comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win it. OR
2. “like” my fan page and tell me on the wall that you’ve seen this post, and why you would like to win the scale. OR
3. (re)tweet this on twitter, and if you’re not a follower, yet, please become one (my twitter handle is @thegermanfoodie).
On 3/19/2012 I will randomly select a winner and will need to get in touch with you, so make sure I know you’re here.