Introduction: How to Measure Spaghetti Servings

In the past I have never  measured spaghetti because if I had extra I always used leftovers for the next day.  I have noticed that I have more waste now that my family is smaller; so I try to cook just what we will eat that day plus one serving. Using the quarter, nickel, and dime method I came up with this idea.This Instructable is how to make a spaghetti measure so you don't have any waste.    

Step 1: What You Will Need

1 Scrap piece of craft foam.
1 Quarter.
1 Nickel.
1 Dime.
1 Marker.
Scissors.






Step 2: Method

Place the quarter, nickel,and dime over the foam and draw a circle around each coin. 

Step 3: Cutting the Foam

Poke the center of the circles with the scissor point.
Trim out the coin shapes. 

Step 4: Wash the Foam

Wash the foam piece.
Store in a kitchen drawer.
The Dime shape is for a small child.
The Nickel shape is for a older child.
The quarter shape is for an adult with a small appetite.
2 Quarters is for an adult with a  hefty appetite.  
 

Step 5: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

This spaghetti measure will be just the thing to measure spaghetti so there will be less waste.  I am very happy with the end results. 
Thank you for stopping by and please remember to have a wonderful day!
Sunshiine 

Comments

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HRHcloaks (author)2016-03-10

As I live in New Zealand I don't have those coins to trace onto the foam. Are you able to post measurements please?

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sunshiine (author)HRHcloaks2016-03-11

I hope this gives you something to go by. If not let me know and I will try to figure out something else.

sunshiine~

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AbbyJ2 (author)2015-09-21

This is an amazing idea!!

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sunshiine (author)AbbyJ22015-09-21

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting~ Have a nice week~
sunshiine~

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SparkySolar (author)2015-02-05

Very interesting

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sunshiine (author)SparkySolar2015-02-06

Thanks Sparky! Have a beautiful evening!

sunshiine

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WUVIE (author)2012-12-24

LOVE the intro photograph. Very cool!

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sunshiine (author)WUVIE2012-12-25

Thanks! Have a beautiful day!
sunshiine

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Nick70587 (author)2012-09-17

You know, I never though of measuring the dry noodles. This is a great idea. I always have a problem with my son wasting food by telling me he's "SUPER HUNGRY" and then barely touching his food after i've made him a larger portion. Maybe I could use the different sized holes to let him gauge his hunger in a visual way and he'd learn what it means to have eyes bigger than your stomach.

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sunshiine (author)Nick705872012-09-17

I always made too much until I started measuring. It helps. Thanks for sharing and I hope your day shines!
Sunshiine

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craftknowitall (author)2012-02-21

Great Idea. I will do it soon. I needed this info. Thanks.

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sunshiine (author)craftknowitall2012-02-21

Thanks for commenting! Hope it works for you! Have a super day!
Sunshiine

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canucksgirl (author)2012-02-17

Fantastic photo's sunshiine! I'm impressed. :)
I really like the tool you created to measure out portions. I've seen similar devices in stores, but they're expensive! This is not only very practical, but its an affordable way to DIY!

I can also see making additional holes for family size servings by using Canadian 1 and 2 dollar coins. ;)

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sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-02-17

Now that is a super idea! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Maybe you could do that since you probably have the coins. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.
Sunshiine

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canucksgirl (author)sunshiine2012-02-17

I already downloaded a pdf of your project so that I can do exactly that. :)
I'll upload a photo when I get it done if you want?

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sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-02-17

That is awesome! Would love a photo and a link so others can try it. I might even include it in my Instructable so those who are interested can go to your page. If you want . . . .

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canucksgirl (author)sunshiine2012-02-17

No, I'll just post a photo here (you can use it however you want). It's your project! ;)

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sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-02-17

Thanks canucksgirl! Have a nice evening!
Sunshiine

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bajablue (author)2012-02-17

Brilliant idea!!!

Your pictures are wonderful, too! ;-D

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sunshiine (author)bajablue2012-02-17

Thank you friend! Have a super weekend!
Sunshiine

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IRQ_VET (author)2012-02-17

This is perfect I always eyeball how much per person but usually make more than I need causing us to over eat, thanks

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sunshiine (author)IRQ_VET2012-02-17

I hear you on that! This method does help. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and please remember to have a super day!
Sunshiine

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blossom9283 (author)2012-02-17

BTW I love that picture of the spaghetti

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sunshiine (author)blossom92832012-02-17

Thanks blossom9283!

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blossom9283 (author)2012-02-17

Wow what a great idea!!! Being that only two people are eating spaghetti in my house now this will help not to waste a whole pound of spaghetti.

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sunshiine (author)blossom92832012-02-17

Thanks! Have a super wonderful day!
Sunshiine

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pecospearl (author)2012-02-17

You are always thinking up a new idea. You amaze me Lil' Sis!

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sunshiine (author)pecospearl2012-02-17

Thanks for commenting! Have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine

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