You must have come across the term ‘gram’ several times when you were reading recipes for dishes. However, what exactly is a gram? Gram is a weight of measurement that tells you how much an object or food item weighs. It is difficult to say how many tablespoons make up a gram as that measures volume. Volume is the amount of space that a particular object occupies. This distinction between volume and weight is explained below with reference to the gram.
Ascertaining the Value of the Gram
When you are buying something, you check the contents of the product and note how much salt, fat, and sugar it contains. However, these are depicted in abstract values that may be hard to decipher. In order to understand how much a gram of sugar or fat is, you will have to measure it using a spoon or any bowl and then placed on a weighing machine. This is because most things are nowadays measured by the amount of space they take up or the volume of the sugar, fat and salt. Let us understand how a gram can be ascertained by the volume in the following ways:
1 gram of sugar
In order to determine how much is the volume of one gram of sugar, put granulated white sugar in a teaspoon and weight it over a weighing scale. The weighing scale will tell you that one gram of sugar takes up one-fourth of the spoon and that is the volume. You can now use this determine how much sugar should you put in your dishes and remember to use a teaspoon at all times so that you know the exact volume. Using a tablespoon will change the measurements.
1 gram of salt
In a similar manner, if you want to measure how much space a gram of slat occupies, you must put salt in a teaspoon and measure it on a weighing scale. The weighing scale will show that the gram of salt takes up one-sixth of the spoon. Salt is actually the heaviest ingredient as 40 per cent of it is sodium chloride. Thus when you take half a teaspoon of salt will have one gram of sodium chloride. Again remember to stick to a teaspoon when measuring for your dishes or you could get the quantity wrong.
1 gram of butter
If you want to know how much 100 grams of butter weighs, put it in teaspoons and you will find that it takes about 21 teaspoons to hold that much butter. Thus one gram of butter occupies one-fifth of a teaspoon.
This is the best way to determine how many grams of a certain ingredient you should put in a product as it tells you the exact quantity. Remember to use the same units of measurement and don’t mix up a tablespoon and teaspoon as the volume will greatly differ among the two. Use a teaspoon at all times to get that right amount of grams.