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Old 04-13-2010, 10:18 AM   #21
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But is the European butter a consistent size and shape? And do some of them come with graduated markings?
The ones my store carries are all different shapes/sizes then the next. My store carries 3 different kinds and all three have their own shape and size.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:21 AM   #22
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Size and shape only matter if you're measuring by volume.
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Size and shape only matter if you're measuring by volume.
Size and shape would matter for vagriller to do this...

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If that's the case I would take a stick of butter that is marked (and the wrapper was well aligned) and transfer the marks to the edge of a cutting board. Or something else with a straight edge. Then just line it up with the guide and cut as much as needed.
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Size and shape would matter for vagriller to do this...
Yes, because he is measuring by volume.
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Yes, exactly Andy.
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1TBS of butter works out to about 14g or .5oz by weight. Depending on what I am making I weight it. Some things just don't matter as much.

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Old 04-13-2010, 11:38 AM   #27
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Yes, because he is measuring by volume.
Yes I do. If I were in Europe I would figure out an easy way to consistently measure butter. Or I would just dump in a bunch!
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Yes I do. If I were in Europe I would figure out an easy way to consistently measure butter. Or I would just dump in a bunch!
I think in most cases, you just have to come close.
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I think in most cases, you just have to come close.
Yes, come close or err on the side of a lot more! Unless you have a medical condition of course.
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Not sure where our OP is from (Phillipines?) but the answer is no, butter is not always marked on the wrapper.
I travel frequently between Thailand and the Philippines where in both places, butter is normally sold in little blocks of 227g. In culinary school, we were taught to treat this as 1 cup of volume. I've never actually melted a block to confirm the 1 cup measurement but I've always used this 1-cup guideline to cut up the block into 1/2 C or 1/4 C or 1/8 C or 16 tablespoons. Has always turned out fine.

Depending on the brand, sometimes I would see measurement markings on the outside of the butter wrapper but I've never paid much attention to it because my method works perfectly for me (and the wrappers are not really aligned to the butter!)

I always thought 'stick of butter' is how butter is normally sold in the U.S. This would be a lengthwise half of our little 227g block which would make it one-half cup in volume measurement.

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