What does the phrase "B/E- inch slices" refer to in a recipe? I'm working on a recipe that calls for chicken breasts and that statement is used when telling how to slice the meat.

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    I think it is some sort of formatting conversion problem of 1/4 inch slices.
    – MaxW
    Feb 1 '19 at 6:31

It seems that B/E is a corruption of ¼ (as MaxW has suggested in a comment).

A Google search for "B/E- inch slices" finds https://www.drperlmutter.com/recipe/zucchini-yogurt-gazpacho-saffron-marinated-chicken-breast/ (which I guess is what you are trying to follow), but it also finds the PDF file http://www.fasttracktohealth.net/members-only/grainfreerecipes.pdf (which contains exactly the same recipe). If you download that PDF file, you’ll find that the text actually says "¼-inch slices" - but copying and pasting that piece of text gives "B/ E" instead of "¼" (due to some peculiarity of the font encoding).

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    So it is basically a reason to use UTF-8 and decimal notation instead of fractions? :)
    – zovits
    Feb 1 '19 at 14:18
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    But Unicode has a ¼ (U+00BC Vulgar Fraction One Quarter)
    – Nick T
    Feb 1 '19 at 17:02
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    They should really be 6.35mm slices, but it's hard to measure chickens to the nearest 0.01mm.
    – alephzero
    Feb 1 '19 at 17:29
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    @only_pro Americans do all sorts of weird things, including using crazy measurement units that nobody else in the world understands. And assuming you are one of them, they often don't understand the British sense of humo(u)r, either.
    – alephzero
    Feb 2 '19 at 0:14
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    @only_pro If "why" in your comment meant "why is it hard to measure chickens to 0.01mm" the answer is simply that they keep crossing the road.
    – alephzero
    Feb 2 '19 at 0:17

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