At dinner time I was confronted by a problem I’ve faced many times: Trying to estimate the amount of water needed for my dinner.
The obvious way to do that is to use a measuring cup. Ah, but that requires carrying a measuring cup.
My double-walled titanium mug doesn’t have measuring marks, but I’m not about to give up that. And I don’t want to add the weight of a second cup just for the purpose of measuring water.
So what’s a gram weenie to do?
Jason Klass came up with a great idea. He says, make a measuring stick.
It’s nothing more than a strip of paper with measurements for different volumes of water in my pot. To make it waterproof, I simply sandwiched it between 2 pieces of packing tape but if you want to get fancy, you can laminate it.
Brilliant! You just stand the stick up in your mug and pour water to the correct mark.
But then I had a better idea. I’ll etch those markings on the handle of my spork. Then, I won’t have to carry (and lose) the measuring stick. And the sporkto hot water.
That’s not only one of those why-didn’t-I think-of-that-before ideas, it’s a why-didn’t some-backpacking-gear-company-come-up-with-that idea.
Chris at A reader named Chris pointed out to me that purebound.com demonstrates the idea here.