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Old 04-12-2010, 05:07 AM   #1
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Question How to measure butter?

Hi! I would like to ask how to measure butter I'm kinda mixed up with it, for example a cookie recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter but I want to melt it, should I still use the 1/2 cup of butter that is NOT melted yet or do I measure it when it is ALREADY melted?

Pls. help me! Thank you!

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:30 AM   #2
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I was taught to measure unmelted, solid form. I can't bake, though, cause ya have to measure and I hate measuring. I make bread and "eye ball it".

IMHO, measure the solid form.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:37 AM   #3
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Melted or not, the measurement is the same. In my case, I simply use the scale on the side of the wrapper, place that amount in a small ceramic bowl and zap it in a microwave oven for 30-40 seconds. That saves me from having to wash any measuring cup that I might still want to use later.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:13 AM   #4
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Unless the recipe says to melt, use butter that is just soft. Melted butter will change the texture of your cookies.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:38 AM   #5
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Can't say I have ever made cookies with melted butter, but a 1/2 cup is a 1/2 a cup!!!
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:50 AM   #6
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1 cup butter = apprx. 250 grams or 1/2 pound Amer.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:23 PM   #7
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A stick of butter is half a cup or 8 tablespoons. If you need, say 1 Tb, just mark the stick as if you're going to cut it into 8 equal slices and cut off just what you need.
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A stick of butter is half a cup or 8 tablespoons. If you need, say 1 Tb, just mark the stick as if you're going to cut it into 8 equal slices and cut off just what you need.
Is the butter wrapper not marked in other countries? In the US it is marked in 1/8 graduations. Very convenient!
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Depends on the butter vagriller. Some brands are marked here and others are not. Not sure where our OP is from (Phillipines?) but the answer is no, butter is not always marked on the wrapper.
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Depends on the butter vagriller. Some brands are marked here and others are not. Not sure where our OP is from (Phillipines?) but the answer is no, butter is not always marked on the wrapper.
And some places butter doesn't come in quarter-pound sticks. So recipes that call for a stick of butter can be confusing to cooks outside the US.
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:42 AM   #11
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And some places butter doesn't come in quarter-pound sticks. So recipes that call for a stick of butter can be confusing to cooks outside the US.
HERE HERE! Took me forever to figure out what the heck a "stick" of butter was when I started coming here. We mostly have 1lb blocks.
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And if you make your own butter you either need to mark it yourself or measure it.
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Depends on the butter vagriller. Some brands are marked here and others are not. Not sure where our OP is from (Phillipines?) but the answer is no, butter is not always marked on the wrapper.
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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That would work vagriller, if the size of the stick of butter was always the same, but I do not believe they are. The European butter we have here in our grocery store is a different shape and size than the US butter so the measuring trick would not be accurate.
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I'm also going to mention metric here. (OMG...please don't start a war.) I convert most of the time when I'm posting here, but really, our butter is 454g.
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I'm also going to mention metric here. (OMG...please don't start a war.) I convert most of the time when I'm posting here, but really, our butter is 454g.
If you start mentioning metric, you have my support. Long overdue.
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I use a dual U.S./Metric electronic digital kitchen scale. It saves a lot of conversion trouble.
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That would work vagriller, if the size of the stick of butter was always the same, but I do not believe they are. The European butter we have here in our grocery store is a different shape and size than the US butter so the measuring trick would not be accurate.
But is the European butter a consistent size and shape? And do some of them come with graduated markings?
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But is the European butter a consistent size and shape? And do some of them come with graduated markings?
No markings on the European butter I've seen.
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