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Old 05-05-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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Baking book w/measurements by weight?

Not many of the cook books I have the baking measurements by weight. What do you know of/recommend?

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Old 05-05-2011, 09:12 AM   #2
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To be absolutely accurate in baking, yes, everything is measured by weight - NOT volume.

The solution to your problem is simple - get a kitchen scale. I prefer an electronic one. It cost me about $32.
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Weight is supposed to be more accurate particularly for measuring flour.
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Old 05-05-2011, 09:23 AM   #4
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If you have cookbooks you really like for the recipes, just make notes in the cookbook for the conversions.

It will tell you on the nutrition panel of a bag of flour, for example, how many grams in a 1/4 cup (or some similar conversion). Use that as a basis for doing the math. Once it's done, it's done forever.

Typically, in a cake or bread recipe, some of the smaller measures of ingredients are still by volume, such as teaspoons and fractions thereof.
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To be absolutely accurate in baking, yes, everything is measured by weight - NOT volume.

The solution to your problem is simple - get a kitchen scale. I prefer an electronic one. It cost me about $32.
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Weight is supposed to be more accurate particularly for measuring flour.
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If you have cookbooks you really like for the recipes, just make notes in the cookbook for the conversions.

It will tell you on the nutrition panel of a bag of flour, for example, how many grams in a 1/4 cup (or some similar conversion). Use that as a basis for doing the math. Once it's done, it's done forever.

Typically, in a cake or bread recipe, some of the smaller measures of ingredients are still by volume, such as teaspoons and fractions thereof.
I know .. I have got a scale .. I am looking for recipe baking books that is all in weight.
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Old 05-05-2011, 10:15 AM   #6
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I know .. I have got a scale .. I am looking for recipe baking books that is all in weight.

I offered my suggestion so you wouldn't have to buy all new books, especially if you really liked the recipes in the ones you have.

If you just want new cookbooks, that's another story and I have no recommendations.
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Do you read any other languages? Most European cookbooks use weight for measuring.
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I offered my suggestion so you wouldn't have to buy all new books, especially if you really liked the recipes in the ones you have.

If you just want new cookbooks, that's another story and I have no recommendations.
I haven't baked much from the books I have .. I've really only done some cookies, tweaked the recipe here and there, and converted that to weight.

I'd just be nice to not have to convert/note in my current books to weight.

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Do you read any other languages? Most European cookbooks use weight for measuring.
I can read English fairly well . Good point bout European cookbooks.
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I haven't baked much from the books I have .. I've really only done some cookies, tweaked the recipe here and there, and converted that to weight.

I'd just be nice to not have to convert/note in my current books to weight.


I can read English fairly well . Good point bout European cookbooks.

I wish you luck finding what you want. I'd focus on finding cookbooks with great recipes rather than certain units of measure.
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:34 PM   #10
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.. I've Googled conversion charts .. but they all seem to have different weights for stuff
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