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    Measurements

    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:37 pm
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    I found a great page about measuring various ingredients online.
    Here's a link:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Use-Measuring-Spoons-and-Cups
    Shirl (J) 831
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:01 am
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    thanks for the post icon_smile.gif

    some people may not even realize we also have our very own here at zaar icon_smile.gif
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:26 am
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    Like me. I didn't. Ours covers most measurements, but the link I gave is very comprehensive. I never knew the difference between a dash, a pinch and a smidgen.. hehehe
    NorthwestGal
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 11:53 am
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    Rainbow - Chef 536866 wrote:
    I never knew the difference between a dash, a pinch and a smidgen.. hehehe


    I always wondered why people would put something like that when there is actually a specific measurement associated with pinches and dashes? Because "pinch" and "dash" can easily be interpretted differently by different people. And especially in baking, when specific measurements are often quite important for achieving the right texture, height or such, why say a dash when you clearly mean 1/8 teaspoon, if the cook is supposed to be accurate in their measuring?

    My Betty Crocker cookbook has a section that explains "dash" and "pinch" in specific measurements, but I can't remember ever seeing anything written that explains what a "tad" and a "smidgeon" are in specific quantities, nor can I recall (at least not recently) seeing those generic measurements used in a recipe.

    Dollop, yes. But I usually see that used for toppings, like whipped cream or sour cream. And I see why there is no specific measurement associated with "dollop" because I tend to go overboard on my dollop toppings anyway. My "dollops" are usually more like massive mountains icon_razz.gif The rebel in me, I guess.

    Now that we have all that ironed out.....just how much is a froth?
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 12:35 pm
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    Is froth a measurement? I thought it was a quality, like foamy.

    A dash and pinch come from old recipes where they were not so specific. Most of the recipes I use are not exact. I know some have to be, but I tend not to do those.
    swampguy
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:32 pm
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    Most of my recipes from my mother and grandma are in the this and that measurements. A little of that, a little more of this . . . a pinch of this and a smidgen of that
    I plan on being just as frustrating when I get growup icon_lol.gif
    Rainbow - Chef 536866
    Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:04 pm
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    lol
    FranOnTheEdge
    Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:34 am
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    Shirl (J) 831 wrote:
    thanks for the post icon_smile.gif

    some people may not even realize we also have our very own here at zaar icon_smile.gif


    I can't find any such thing.

    And I need desperately to convert 3/4 of a cup to grams - for finely grated cheese...
    It's a nightmare!
    What about the air???
    NorthwestGal
    Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:48 am
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    FranOnTheEdge wrote:
    Shirl (J) 831 wrote:
    thanks for the post icon_smile.gif

    some people may not even realize we also have our very own here at zaar icon_smile.gif


    I can't find any such thing.

    And I need desperately to convert 3/4 of a cup to grams - for finely grated cheese...
    It's a nightmare!
    What about the air???


    There is such a feature for every recipe posted on this site. It's the very last part under the Ingredients. It says "change measurements". Hit that, and just indicate if you want the ingredient quanties to be changed to US or metric measurements. And whatever ingredient amounts is in the original recipe will automatically be converted to the other.

    You can also change the serving sizes (at the top of the Ingredient section), which will increase or decrease the ingredient amounts for the larger (or decreased) amount of servings you indicate.

    But also just Google "how may grams is 3/4 cup", and you should get a few replies. Some of the listings might even give you a few links to conversion charts. Those are handy, because you can enter a specific quantity (like 1 cup) and it will convert it to whatever you want (ounces, teaspoons, grams, etc).
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