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Old 03-24-2005, 05:06 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Alix
Ishbel, I never have trouble with the measurement portion of your recipes. It is just a teeny challenge to figure out some of the terms. I like a good challenge though!

Heeeheee - Just like to keep you 'foreign' English speakers on your toes

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Old 03-24-2005, 06:19 PM   #42
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Victory! Good job, Choc!
Hooray!!!!! Victory at last!

I knew I could browbeat you guys into keeping the old system.

Or make it happen magically!

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Old 03-24-2005, 06:25 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by kitchenelf
We were told in high school that very soon the US would switch to metric - but it might be a few years - it's been 32 years and we're not there yet and not even close. Either way is fine with me - but it would be nice to have universal recipes!!!
yeah we were kitchennisse. The three glass measuring cups I have (4 cup, 2 cup and 1 cup) have the metric on one side. I try to do it, but does not work unless the recipe is in metric. However, I do have three foreign cookbooks, one of which is metric only, the other two have both. And like you, I do not care which way as long as I can figure it out, which I usually am able to do. I had four years of cooking in high school, do not know why I did not go to culinary school, guess it was not popular back then. BTY it has been longer for me than 32 years. I probably graduated more years ago than your age.
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Old 03-24-2005, 08:10 PM   #44
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What I did find amusing just this evening was a fine sounding recipe posted by TheHummer from New Zealand. The ingredients are:

Pork With Mushroom And Balsamic Sauce
1 cup chicken stock
15 g dried porcini mushrooms
4 pork loin chops, trimmed of rind
1 Tbs oil
25 g butter
1 small onion, finely diced
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
4-6 portobello mushrooms, thickly sliced
4-6 shiitake mushrooms, stems trimmed only
1-2 Tbs finest quality balsamic vinegar

We have grams of porcinis and butter, a cup of chicken stock, Tbs, and tsp measurements.

How the people from New Zealand manage mixing the two systems without missing a beat is something I admire them for.

But it sure seems a bit confusing to me.

The only question I have is how in the heck does someone measure 25 grams of butter? Sounds like about a pat, and that I understand.
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Old 03-24-2005, 11:29 PM   #45
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Originally Posted by Rainee
Just convert them all to grams and it'll all be one.

No different than a recipe calling for a:

It is absolutely diffrent. Gramss are nothing but the 1/1000 of a kilogram. All the scales are in fact in grams, so you do not have to convert them into anything, it is what it is, no conversion of any sort required unlike teaspoons ans table spoons etc. Especially when recipe is for a half poun and I was making 60 pounds. everything had to be multiplied by 120, so it's 240 tablespoons of this, 360 teaspoons of that, common admit it, just because you are used to the system it doesn't make it easier than metric. Be honest.
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:08 AM   #46
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I also use both systems of measurement. I have my American measuring cups with me. You can buy them here from time to time, but they are not standard.

I have an adorable digital scale that will measure in grams or ounces. I think weighing your flour is more accurate than measuring by cups. I do use cups for my American recipes.

You really do get used to it. I had to, living in Holland. After all this time I don't convert in my head anymore. If somebody says it will be 20 degrees tomorrow, I don't convert to F. anymore. I just know it will be a nice warm day.

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Old 03-25-2005, 08:18 AM   #47
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yous guys don't know the half of it.

while us americans are used to the non-linear measurements of the standard/english system, and the metric system lends itself to simple mathematical formulas and conversions, try working with computer hardware.

binary is simple, the basis of everything (there are 10 types of people in the world; those who understand binary, and those who don't ).

but then you get into hexadecimal, or a base 16 number system.
that is you count 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, then A (for 10), B (11), c (12), d (13), e (14), and finally f (15).
so you can end up with numbers like 1A, 3F, or FF.

fyi, 1A = 26 (decimal), or 11010 (binary)
3C = 60 (dec), or 111100 (bin)
FF = 255 (dec), or 11111111 (bin)

so now stop all of the whining, and get back in the kitchen!!!!!
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:21 AM   #48
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Bucky that just hurt my head more than the morning after St Pattys day.
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Old 03-25-2005, 08:55 AM   #49
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[QUOTE=CharlieD]Imagine kilograms and grams. Liters and milliliters. How is the person supposed to know all of this and understand? Obviously Iím being sarcastic here.

I had the opposite problem! I can measure one kilo or gram by eyes but when they told me about spoon and cup I got mad! I also had this problem when I made shopping in Boston. So buying Parma ham I had to ask for the number of slices!

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Old 03-25-2005, 11:12 AM   #50
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Flag on the play! 15 yard penalty to Buck for excessive use of gray matter!

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