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    Recipe scaler needs to be SMARTER

    Michael Weston
    Sun Apr 21, 2013 6:34 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    Let's say one is scaling a recipe like this:
    1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    8 tablespoon salt

    We want to scale it by a factor of 2. What does the Food.com computer come back with?
    3 teaspoon sugar
    16 tablespoon salt

    While the conversion is technically correct, the result unnecessarily makes more work.

    Ask yourself:
    * would you rather measure 1 tablespoon of sugar, or 3 teaspoons of sugar?
    * would you rather measure 1 cup of salt, or 16 tablespoons of salt?

    Yes, one could manually do the conversion from 16 tablespoons to 1 cup; yet, the computer is already calculating the scaling, so it should provide the best answer. Computers should make tasks easier, not create more work.

    The recipe scaler is not user-friendly to new cooks, and needs to be improved.
    Chocolatl
    Mon Apr 22, 2013 12:54 pm
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    Of course, the posting chef could be smarter and list the 8 tablespoons as 1/2 cup! icon_wink.gif
    Zeldaz
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:47 am
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    Most cooks know there are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, although my husband seems to ask me this every other day. Inexperienced cooks soon learn it, but somehow his brain resists retaining it!
    Chocolatl
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:40 pm
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    I think at some point you have to assume a certain amount of common sense even for beginning cooks. Computers are what Dick Francis called "Totally Obedient Morons." They do not think. People do.
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