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#61 Fri 14 Nov 08 1:57pm

MsPablo

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Re: Conversions

3/4 cup of butter = 6 ounces

When measuring the brown sugar, pack it firmly into the cup measures.  When measuring the flour, lightly scoop the flour into the cup measures, no firming, tamping or pressing, level off with a flat knife edge if using dry measures.

Someone else will need to tell you if teaspoon and tablespoon measures are the same for Britain and the U.S.

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#62 Fri 14 Nov 08 2:19pm

kprice580

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Re: Conversions

Thank you MsPablo.

I'm sure the spoon ones are the same!

Should I pack the butter in the cup as I will have a go at using them.

Katy x x

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#63 Fri 14 Nov 08 2:26pm

MsPablo

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Re: Conversions

Yes, you would pack the butter, but you can use weight and it will be easier.  Our stick of butter is half a cup or 4 ounces, so 3/4 cup = 6 ounces.  Hope that helps.

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#64 Fri 14 Nov 08 2:36pm

kprice580

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Re: Conversions

yes it has thank you x x x x x x  clap

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#65 Tue 30 Dec 08 11:27am

sloughlin

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Re: Conversions

Can I suggest that you post this info over of the foodwise section in cooks tips would be really great to have it there smile

Sam x

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#66 Tue 03 Feb 09 6:23pm

rasher

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Re: Conversions

Be careful here.  Different ingredients have different densities and therefore converting a quantity measurement into a weight measurement will go badly wrong if you don't account for that.  A cup of sugar is twice the weight of a cup of flour for instance, and fat is something different again.

You can sit down and recalculate every recipe if you want, but really the best way of dealing with American measures is to just adopt the quantity method, and to be honest, it isn't a bad idea anyway.  As long as the same cup is used for all the ingredients, it doesn't matter about the actual size of that cup, and it's an awful lot quicker than weighing.  Just scoop it up and chuck it in.  If a recipe makes 6 portions and you only want 4, use a smaller cup.  What could be easier than that?

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#67 Wed 04 Feb 09 1:29pm

MsPablo

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Re: Conversions

Rasher, I had that problem the first time I tried to convert from metric to the American system, I used almost half the flour I should have, fortunately, I'd had enough experience baking to know that the batter was too wet and I chucked in flour until it looked about right, it came out too sweet because my sugar estimates were too high.

There is now a Foodwise conversion article, there are also many websites giving conversions of common ingredients.

Last edited by MsPablo (Wed 04 Feb 09 1:29pm)

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#68 Tue 24 Feb 09 1:55pm

young mum

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Re: Conversions

Am i right to think this is correct hmm

Fruit, Nut, and Vegetable Equivalents

Apples  3 medium = 1 pound = 3 cups sliced 
Beans, black & kidney  1 cup dry = 1/2 pound = 2-1/2 cups cooked 
Beans, lima  1-1/4 cup dry = 1/2 pound = 3 cups cooked 
Beans, navy  1 cup dry = 1/2 pound = 2-1/2 cups cooked 
Beets  1 pound = 2 cups sliced 
Broccoli  1 pound head = 2 cups flowerets 
Cauliflower  1-1/2 pound head = 2 cups cooked 
Carrots  1 pound = 3 cups shredded = 2-1/2 cups diced 
Celery  1 large stalk = 3/4 cup diced 
Cheese, soft  4 ounces = 1 cup shredded 
Cheese, hard  3 ounces = 1 cup shredded 
Chocolate, baking  1 square = 1 ounce 
Cheese, soft  4 ounces = 1 cup shredded 
Chocolate chips  1 cup = 6 ounces 
Corn  10 ounces = 2 cups 
Frozen vegetables  1 pound = 3 cups 
Garlic  3 large cloves = 1 tablespoon minced 
Green beans, fresh  1 pound = 3 cups fresh = 2-1/2 cups cooked 
Herbs  1 teaspoon dry = 3 teaspoons fresh 
Lemon  1 whole = 3 tablespoons juice = 2 teaspoons zest 
Lime  1 whole = 2 tablespoons juice = 1-1/2 teaspoons zest 
Mushrooms, fresh  1 pound = 6 cups sliced = 4 cups chopped = 3 ounces dried 
Onions  1 pound = 3 large 
Onions  1 large = 1 cup chopped 
Peanuts  1 pound shelled = 4 cups 
Pears  1 medium = 4 ounces = 1/2 cup sliced 
Pecans  1 cup = 3-1/2 ounces halves = 4 ounces chopped 
Peppers, bell  1 large = 6 ounces = 1 cup diced 
Potatoes  3 medium = 1 pound 
Rice, white  1 cup raw = 3 cups cooked 
Rice, brown  1 cup raw = 3-1/8 cups cooked 
Rice, wild  1 cup raw = 4 cups cooked 
Spinach  1 pound fresh = 6 cups leaves = 1-3/4 cups cooked 
Squash, winter  1 pound = 1 cup mashed 
Tomato paste/sauce  8 ounces = 1 cup 
Walnuts, halves  3-1/2 ounces = 1 cup 
Yeast  1 envelope = 1 tablespoon = 1/4 ounce 
Zucchini  1 pound = 3 cups sliced = 2-1/2 cups chopped

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#69 Sat 10 Oct 09 6:35am

frizz1974

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Re: Conversions

Yah for this thread!  clap  Was going to ask someone to convert 1/4 pound to grams for me but its all there in csalts post on page one!  thumbsup

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#70 Thu 12 Nov 09 12:10am

perfect

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Re: Conversions

Some great conversion tips here - fab thanks smile

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