Although "MD" can stand for a lot of different things in many aspects of life, it stands for a measuring device in food measurement in the cooking world. If a cookbook or recipe tells you to grab your MD, then this instruction is a strong signal that you are about to measure something. This could be a liquid or dry ingredient and will most likely be in metric units or U.S. units.
The world of cooking contains its own unique names, abbreviations, tools, supplies and ingredients. The lingo alone can boggle the mind if you are a beginner. Since properly measuring your ingredients is a vital step in successfully executing a recipe, you better familiarize yourself with the terms. An MD in the culinary world is a utensil to help you along the way.
Measuring devices can come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, forms, materials and even colors. Moreover, you'll find measuring cups, measuring spoons and scales. Often measuring devices are attached to each other with a ring so they stay together as a set; although you can remove the ring for easier use. Plastic and metal are the most often used materials for measuring devices.
Units of Measure
If you are in an area that uses metric units or the recipes use metric units, then you will need a measuring device that has metric units marked on it. Metric units are used in most areas of the world. These include liters, milliliters, grams and kilograms for the volume of dry ingredients. Liquid ingredients are measured in weight by fluid ounces and grams. English-speaking areas use measurements such as pounds, teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, pints, quarts and gallons.
You can use different measuring devices for different units of measure if you know how to convert them. Use an online conversion calculator or do the conversion yourself. For example, 1 teaspoon is equal to 5 mL, 1 cup is equal to 240 mL and one gallon is 4546.09 mL. For liquid ingredients, 1 mL is equal to 1 g, or 0.0353 fl. oz.
- Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 2: Title 21 -- Food and Drugs
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: A Dictionary of Units of Measurement
- "Betty Crocker's Cookbook"; General Mills; 1988
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