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Can I use meat thermometers to measure room and oven temperature?

Can you measure the oven temperature or room temperature for things like proofing bread when better alternatives are not available? How accurate will it be? I have a TheromoWorks Thermopop which I ...
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How much does a a cup of rice weigh?

I use the cup that came with my rice cooker to measure the rice for each meal. I often eat 120ml~160ml rice (before cooking) measured in the cup at a time. How much does that amount of rice weigh? ...
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Where is a 'coffee cup' measured to?

A coffee cup that is described as a 8 ounce (for example) will hold this amount filled to the top of the cup's lip or to some other arbitrary level?
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Why is there a fluid ounce?

My wife and I have noticed that a lot of the drinks or liquids we buy have a measurement of "fl oz". I was surprised to ascertain that fl oz. is indeed a measure of volume. I might be a little dense ...
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Is it ever more accurate to measure by volume rather than by weight?

I've been thinking about the fact that although many recipes specify volume, measuring by weight is much more accurate. Are there any cases where it would be objectively better (i.e. more accurate) ...
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Why are foods often packaged in weird measurements?

Whilst shopping I have noticed quite a number of products having very weird measurements. for example my jar of peanut butter is 127g, but I can't spot a pattern here. Is this just a random part of ...
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A strange problem with BWT Initium 2.5 l filter's scale

Is there anyone, who has BWT Initium 2.5 l filter and can explain me, what is going on with their scale? ​When I fill it with water and wait until it filters out to exactly 1000 ml​ mark​ and then ...
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How much is a “round” of butter? This is in an old pound cake recipe

I have a very old pound cake recipe that calls for a “round” of butter. How much is that? I have no idea.
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The mark of a true chef [closed]

We all know the mark of a true chef is how much you enjoy your own cooking, so how do you detect the true master chefs you come across in everyday life? I myself weight 143 kilos, and i'm a very good ...
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Rice flour: weight to volume

I have a recipe that calls for 1 lb of glutinous rice flour (mochiko), but I don't have a kitchen scale. Approximately how many cups would this be equivalent to?
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How much is a sleeve of celery?

I was reading a recipe for Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew and noticed that one of the ingredients called for a "sleeve" of celery. I've heard of a stalk of celery, but I've never heard of a ...
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A cup of cilantro?

Generally speaking when a recipe calls for a cup of a fresh herb like cilantro, how tight to I have to cram it into the measuring cup?
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What does an American recipe mean by “1 tablespoon vanilla”?

I have a recipe for a self-saucing pudding that separates into a sponge top with a custard layer beneath, rather like Lemon Surprise Pudding. It calls for one tablespoon of vanilla. For an idea of ...
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Do successful french macarons really need precise weight measurements?

I have no problem with measuring ingredients by weight, in fact, I prefer using a scale; it is much easier. After looking at multiple recipe's for macarons, I have not found a single common ratio in ...
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Exactly how much is “one glass”, in Russian recipes?

In many many Russian recipes, measurements call for one glass or this one glass of that. One glass in Russia, appears to be a similar concept to what one cup is in United States. But here lies a ...
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Should I get the small or large size of a pour over brew device when I'm only brewing one cup? (eg. Hario V60, Woodneck)

Assuming that I am only going to brew a cup of coffee for myself and won't be brewing more than one cup at a time, should I still get the larger of the two sizes (or three sizes in terms of the V60) ...
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How to measure 7g yeast and 10g salt without a proper scale?

I have a 10g precision kitchen scale and I need to measure 7g yeast and 10g salt. So I need to use teaspoon here, the following is the teaspoon I usually use and I wonder if it's the correct one. Is ...
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Do professional cooks use measuring cups and spoons?

I watched some TV shows showing cooks working in their restaurants. I use measuring cups and spoons when cooking almost everything, but do not see any of the TV cooks measure anything. They mostly ...
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How much is a cup of graham cracker crumbs in crackers and weight?

I have a recipe that calls for one cup of graham cracker crumbs. How many crackers am I going to need to crush? I'm having trouble finding an answer partly because different people consider a ...
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By `1 tbsp of x` should I assume heaped tablespoon or leveled tablespoon?

When they (recipes) say 1 tbsp of flour (example), do they mean heaped or leveled? What's the standard guess?
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What is the measurement of 1 cup? [duplicate]

This recipe requires 1 cup milk and 1 cup oats. What is the measurement of 1 cup in milliliters?
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Are cooking show minutes really minutes?

I've noticed that cooking show inches are not very accurate. I can usually see that the "half inch slices" called for by the chef are no where near that, which is fine, since I can see the thickness ...
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How much yeast is in a “package”?

Our Better Homes and Gardens cookbook calls for "1 package active dry yeast" in its pizza recipe, which is less than helpful, since we keep a container of bulk yeast in the freezer. What is the ...
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I want to know how to express the result of reduced liquid.

I want to know the best way to express the result of reduced liquid. Example; 5 quarts reduced to 3 Cups. Should it be expressed as ratio or percentage? How do I do the calculation?
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Why does my flour sifter have cup markings

I have an inexpensive flour sifter that just has wire mesh and a little hand-crank (like one of these 1, 2.) It has cup markings on the side ("one cup," "two cups"). This is probably a silly ...
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What general rules should I follow to ensure that my measurements are accurate?

Can technique really make big enough difference to effect the final result? There are already excellent questions and answers here regarding specific measuring issues Cup measurements: shake or ...
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What is the definition of a cup of coffee

My wife and I had a discussion in regards of my consumption of coffee during office hours. Health gurus always talk about a maximum amount of coffee during a day - measured in cups! But what is the ...
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How accurate are kitchen scales?

I read about weighing coffee to the 0.5 gram, but what's the margin of error for a typical 5kg/11lb kitchen scale?
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What to do when too much liquid added to flour mixture?

I seem to have a bad habit of mis-calculating ingredients, particularly the liquid ones. Can I just boil off excess water that I've added to a flour mixture (in this case a pizza dough)? Any other ...
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How do you recover if you lose track of what you're measuring?

I was making a lemon meringue pie, which called for 1/3 cup of corn starch and 1 1/3 cup of sugar, added to some quantity of water. Silly me, I put the water in the pot first, then the corn starch, ...
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What's the size of the plastic cup that came with my rice cooker?

I have a cheap-o rice cooker that works fine for me. It came with a plastic cup to measure 1, 2 or 3 "plastic cup" units of rice. Water is added to match the '1', '2' or '3' mark in the cooker bowl. ...
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Grams to tablespoon conversion

Do different powders (for example cocoa powder, wheat flour, health drink powder, baking powder) measure different numbers of grams per tablespoon? If yes, why and how do I find out how many grams per ...
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Ambiguities in Gravlax recipe

I am going to make Gravlax and found the following recipe: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2011/11/30/chef-hamid-salmon-gravlax/ Ingredient list: 2 or 3 salmon fillets, deboned with skin on 2 lemon, ...
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Big Chicken vs Small Chicken: weight and stuffing volume ratios

I need to adjust a recipe for a stuffed chicken. The recipe calls for a 2kg chicken, and say W grams of stuffing. Now I plan on buying a smaller chicken because it's for less people, how can I ...
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Need help reconciling quantities in this recipe

Here's a recipe from a package of chocolate chips (edited, but not substantively): 2¼ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed ½ cup ...
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Do cooks in the US measure volume using 'traditional' or 'legal' units?

The wikipedia article for the cup unit identifies two different measures used in the US: a legal cup of 240ml and a customary cup of ~236.588ml. Similarly, the tablespoon and teaspoon articles ...
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Creating meal plans [closed]

I really do not know where to place this question but since this is food related might as well post it here. I am currently making a web application regarding meal plans where the User will input his ...
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For equal volumes water and sugar, what is the ratio of separated volume vs. combined?

I'm making a simple syrup with equal parts sugar and water in a glass measuring cup and want to avoid dirtying two measuring cups. I want to measure one (say standard table sugar,) then add the ...
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How many eggs in a Mille Crêpes Cake?

I've looked through a few recipes for Mille Crêpes and see that many use double as many eggs in the batter compared with most plain crêpe recipes (6 eggs per cup of flour compared to 3). I'm not a ...
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Cored tomatoes measured before or after coring?

If a recipe calls for 3 pounds of tomatoes, cored, should you start with three pounds of tomatoes and core them, or should you have 3 pounds after coring? I would have thought that you start with 3 ...
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Is steam lost in boiling negligible?

If I bring 20 ounces of water (2.5 cups) to boil in a kettle, and promptly remove it from the heat, is the amount of water lost (by volume/mass) a negligible quantity? To be more precise about my ...
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Is a “cup” on a coffee maker always 6 oz? Is this a standard in the US?

Our coffee maker instructions often refer to a "cup" of coffee. These cups are whats marked on the side of the coffee maker showing how much water is in the reservoir. The instructions never define ...
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What is the correct flour, sugar, butter ratio for crumble?

Looking through a number of fruit crumble recipes I see that there is a wide range of ratios used for crumble topping. Some use equal amounts of flour (or other dry ingredient), sugar and butter. ...
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How to measure a cup of “solid” ingredient?

I was reading a recipe in which it was mentioned among the ingredients "8 cups of broccoli florets". Measuring by "cups" is for liquids, right? For solid ingredients, are we measuring the "weight" of ...
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How much is a bunch of spinach?

I have some recipies for green smoothies, where some of the ingredients are for example "1 bunch of spinach" or "1/2 bunch of spinach". The spinach I've found in the store are usually fresh leaves ...
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Should I add flour to dough if I already weighed the amount?

I am using this recipe for pizza dough, and I received some seasoned advice from other members of this site to use a precise kitchen scale for weighing the flour and water. The question is, if I ...
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How can I adjust a recipe for different grades/brands/types of gelatin?

I'm trying to reproducibly make a specific jelly recipe. How can I achieve consistent results, using different grades/brands/types of gelatin? Depending on what I can find in grocers nearby, I may ...
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When a recipe calls for X cooked amount of something is that before or after it has been cooked?

I think I know the answer to this and realize that it is similar to this question about nuts, but I wanted to verify my instinct. When a recipe calls for 1 ½ cups cooked X, is that recipe calling for ...
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What is the substitution ratio for mini marshmallows to large marshmallows?

I have a recipe calling for 12 large marshmallows, but I only have minis. How many should I use?
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Does 1 tea spoon correspond to half table spoon?

I don't have a measuring glass. I just have a tablespoon (15 ml). Can 1 tea spoon be considered half of 1 table spoon?