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Measuring water
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Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Measuring water on 01/13/2014 16:48:18 MST Print View

What does everyone use? I use mostly prepackaged meals that call for a very specific amount of water and don't really want to experiment with alternate amounts. Carrying a measuring cup seems like a waste. I have tried marking a container that I use for other things, but it doesn't last (used a sharpie).

So, I'm trying to find out what everyone uses. I assume that most everyone measures water (maybe a bad assumption, but...), so, what do you use?

waters on 01/13/2014 16:53:54 MST Print View

a marked pot perhaps? A piece of tape on the side?

I never add more than 75% of the water the directions call for anyway. You can always add a dab more water, but the only way to thicken a soupy dinner is to put in mashed potatoes.

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: waters on 01/13/2014 16:57:35 MST Print View

I use a campbells cup of soup cup for a mug. sharpie marks on the side at 1c and 1.5c

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:03:49 MST Print View

I use Sharpie. Find a place where there's an indent so it doesn't get rubbed off. Still, it gets rubbed off after a while so I re-do the mark. The plastic bottle should be replaced occasionally anyway. Not a perfect solution like you've concluded.

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
re: measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:04:20 MST Print View

I use either a Snow Peak 600 pot or an MSR Titan Kettle, and I have scored lines in them with a Dremel disk to denote 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0 cups. This makes it pretty easy to pour the right amount into my FD meal bags. I usually pour 1.5 cups into my Pro Packs, stir well, then add a smidge more to thin it slightly (I don't care much for thick and gloppy meals).

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: re: measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:13:10 MST Print View

Gary, I think that you will agree, you can go a long way with a Dremel tool.

I etch lines that way on the outside of my clear plastic bowl. Then I mark over that with a black Sharpie. Then I put one drop of clear fingernail polish over that. It never seems to wash off.


Matt Weaver
(norcalweaver) - F

Locale: PacNW
scratch away... on 01/13/2014 17:18:31 MST Print View

Since all my pots seem to have ml indentations and no cup markings, I just pour in one cup of water and scratch a line on the inside of the pot (with a pocket knife, screw driver, fork, whatever). Repeat at two cup measurement. No problems with marks disappearing, takes a minute to do.

Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:23:25 MST Print View

"Carrying a measuring cup seems like a waste"

I carry a plastic measuring cup as my primary drinking and eating utensil (coffee, granola, beans, etc.) so it isn't a waste of ounces.

Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:39:33 MST Print View

My Evernew cook pots have basic markings (500 ml, 1 L, etc.). If I take a bowl/cup, I use one of those Ziploc "twist n lock" containers which also have basic markings (1 cup...)

I'm able to estimate my water measurements for my meals with either of these well enough for my needs.

If you need more detailed measurements or your bowl/pot don't have other markings, I think using a dremel to etch gradations is a good idea.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 17:40:15 MST Print View

I use a center punch to make a few dots on unmarked metal pots at cup intervals. It's pretty easy to gauge 1/4-1/2 cup increments.

You could mark your spoon or chopstick to use as a gauge, like a dipstick.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 19:23:19 MST Print View

Whether with indented dots or scratches, you can average the two measurements on each side of a cylinder.

i.e. if you mark 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and 1 cup marks on opposite sides, you can get precisely 1/8, 3/8, 5//8, and 7/8 as well by aligning to disparate marks on each side.

Can't mark on plastic? You want some duct or gorilla tape along, and the easy storage place for tape is on the side of a water bottle. Viola'.

But as noted, just make it a little thick and add a bit of water if needed.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 20:53:45 MST Print View

I use a SWAG. Never have problems.


Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 21:12:10 MST Print View

I've never cooked anything backpacking that I couldn't just eyeball.

Bob Shaver
(rshaver) - F

Locale: West
make your own on 01/13/2014 21:37:47 MST Print View

I use a plastic cup, and I scratched marking for fractions of a cup, put some white out in the scratches, so my drinking cup is a measuring cup.marking on cup

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 21:39:23 MST Print View

OK Nick, what's a SWAG?

Edit: NM, I looked it up. That's exactly my method, but I'd never heard it called that.

Edited by pitsy on 01/13/2014 21:42:25 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 21:42:30 MST Print View



...the result of which you can claim to be PFM.

Edited by greg23 on 01/13/2014 21:44:17 MST.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 22:23:00 MST Print View

There's a bucket of wine and a bucket of water and you transfer a cup of wine to the water bucket, and then a cup of the mixture back to the wine bucket. Is there more wine in the water or water in the wine?

DO NOT Google the answer. Work it around in your head, and explain your reasoning.

Joe Lynch
(rushfan) - MLife

Locale: Northern California
soloist on 01/13/2014 22:50:57 MST Print View

My msr soloist has a cup with markings inside. I'm really happy with my soloist set.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
Measuring water on 01/13/2014 22:51:29 MST Print View

Going back to measuring...
My pot holds 500ml at about 1cm from the top.
Half of that is 250ml or 1 cup. so one quater of my pot is about 125ml or half a cup.
All of the above are good enough for me to figure out how much water I need.

Jeremy and Angela
(requiem) - F

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Measuring water on 01/13/2014 23:17:41 MST Print View

How much liquid is in each bucket?

E.g. each bucket has 1 cup of liquid to start:
1. The wine bucket becomes empty, with 2 cups in the water bucket, 1:1 mix.
2. The water bucket is reduced back to 1 cup, 1:1 mix.
3. The wine bucket once more has 1 cup of the 1:1 mix.
Thus, the buckets are equal.

Or, each bucket has 9 cups to start:
1. 8 cups in the wine bucket; 10 cups in the water bucket (now 90% water).
2. 9 cups in the water bucket, still a 9:1 ratio (== 81:9), favoring water.
3. 9 cups in the wine bucket, 8.1:.9 ratio (8 cups wine plus a cup that's 90% water): also 81:9, favoring wine.

So, it doesn't seem to matter; they are the same. I think I see a relationship with the water:wine ratio being the inverse of what's needed to balance out the other bucket. Since the ratio for the water bucket is calculated with an extra cup of liquid (e.g. 9:1 rather than 8:1, which means a 90% solution rather than an 88.9% solution), the cup being added back to the wine bucket needs to reflect that offset in some way. What did I miss?

// On topic: my teacup came with measurements; I just use those.