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Old 09-20-2009, 09:14 AM   #1
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Metric or Standard?

I spent 15 years cooking in the US before moving to England. In America I cooked in Fahrenheit and measured in cups and ounces. In England I had to cook in Celsius and measure in kilos and litres! At first it was like relearning how to cook, very frustrating! Tens years later and I am a Metric Chef; how I ever cooked and measured without metric is one of lifes great mysteries! What do you prefer?


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Old 09-20-2009, 09:16 AM   #2
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I prefer standard, am O.K. when using metric.
By the way, I play in a string quartet called the Pembroke Quartet! Welcome to DC!


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Old 09-20-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the warm welcome, Pembroke is the name of the College in Cambridge where I work. The College was founded in 1347 but fortunately has had a kitchen refurb since:)
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Old 09-20-2009, 09:44 AM   #4
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Metric is certainly easier to deal with, easier to re-size recipes, etc.

I wish we had changed over a couple of decades ago rather than changing our minds and staying with the English system.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:23 AM   #5
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I can use metric if I have to and do approximate conversions in my head, but old habits die hard, so I prefer standard.
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:48 AM   #6
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I use both, but prefer metric. If I am going by a recipe in imperial measures I either use them or convert in my head, but if I am making my own recipe I always use metric and prefer weight to volume for my dry ingredients. I don't really think about it, I just go with whatever so I guess you could call me bilingual in measurements!
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Old 09-20-2009, 10:52 AM   #7
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Laurie you are so Canadian...bilingual to the core. Me too though. (This is the second post in as many minutes where I'm typing "ditto" to Laurie. I'll just add my name to your profile girl since we think so alike!)
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:15 PM   #8
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I use and am more comfortable with standard because that is what is used in the US, but I really wish we switched over to metric. Metric just makes much more sense.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:24 PM   #9
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I am more comfortable using standard because that is what I have used my entire life.
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:14 PM   #10
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standard for me. to old to change at this point

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