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#11 Sat 22 Sep 07 9:31pm

GeoffP

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Re: Knob of butter

An American stick of butter is 1/4 lb or 4 oz

Half the size of an English block of butter, whichis 1/2 lb, 8 oz.

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#12 Sun 23 Sep 07 5:31am

Maree

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Re: Knob of butter

Our butter comes in 250g (and 500g) packs, slightly less than a half lb/pound. Have been using half of a 250g pack which is 125g or "near enough" to 4oz for a "stick" of butter, I guess. If baking (rare occasion cakes etc), I'll get the scales out and weigh.
They do metric and imperial measurements.

Thanks all:)


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#13 Tue 10 Aug 10 1:12am

gtamplin

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Re: Knob of butter

In the United States butter generally comes in 1 lb (16 oz, Avoirdupois) packages, and is either salted or unsalted.

The packaging is either as a single one pound block, or as four 1/4th pound sticks. So a stick of butter in the US is 1/4 pound, or 4 Ounces Avoirdupois. The wrapper for each quarter is marked in graduations of Tablespoons, each known often as a "pat" of butter. So a knob of butter might be two US Tablespoons, or 2 pats of butter.

(Is it true, the rumor I heard that a few years ago some shopkeeper in the UK had been fined by the authorities because he told a customer a length in inches instead of Centimetres??)

Thanks for the information on different sizes of tablespoons.

What is the size of a Pint in the UK? Is it half a Litre?

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#14 Tue 10 Aug 10 2:51am

nanstertoo

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Re: Knob of butter

To me, a "knob" of butter is about the size of a walnut, or about 1 - 2 tablespoons, depending on what you're cooking.

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#15 Tue 10 Aug 10 1:59pm

AliceTwain

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Re: Knob of butter

@Nastertoo, in Italian we call it a "nut" of butter (noce di burro), indeed! ^_^

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#16 Tue 10 Aug 10 2:56pm

Sizzling_Chef

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Re: Knob of butter

gtamplin wrote:

(Is it true, the rumor I heard that a few years ago some shopkeeper in the UK had been fined by the authorities because he told a customer a length in inches instead of Centimetres??)

Thanks for the information on different sizes of tablespoons.

What is the size of a Pint in the UK? Is it half a Litre?

A pint is 568ml.


That rumour may well have been true, I can't remember the exact rulings but metric has to be used in pretty much all circumstances. (Though obviously not pints^)

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#17 Tue 10 Aug 10 3:14pm

Earthmum

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Re: Knob of butter

A lot of what I cook is done my eye, and that includes a knob of butter, its just that "a chunk" as much as fits on the knife end.

Gem

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#18 Tue 10 Aug 10 3:20pm

SonomaEddie

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Re: Knob of butter

This all begs the question:  Why the fox was this thread resurrected 3 (yes, count 'em 3) years after?
And did anyone write a dirty reference to "knob" or am I slipping and didn't notice it?

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#19 Tue 10 Aug 10 3:22pm

Sizzling_Chef

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Re: Knob of butter

SonomaEddie wrote:

This all begs the question:  Why the fox was this thread resurrected 3 (yes, count 'em 3) years after?
And did anyone write a dirty reference to "knob" or am I slipping and didn't notice it?

Everyone is leaving that gag for you, go for it! wink

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#20 Tue 10 Aug 10 3:25pm

Earthmum

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Re: Knob of butter

Trust you Eddie, I thought it but being a "nice" lady of a respectfull middle class upbringing, I thought I shouldn't mention it.

big_smile

Gem

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