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MASS TO VOLUME CONVERSIONS: POSSIBLE? #373289
08/29/07 08:14 PM
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Converting something that has a specific mass (weight) into a volume measurement like a CUP for example is a tough problem.

Consider how 250 grams of feathers will fill up more cups than 250 grams of sugar....

So how do we get around this problem when we are trying to feed the proper "amount" of something?

Well, one way is to simply put things on a scale. But not all of us want to deal with weighing things...

Another way is to use an on-line calcuator that automatically adjusts for the mass of the item...

...Enter Gourmet Sleuth

They have a special calculator that adjusts for the type of food that is being converted so mass-to-volume conversions are more accurate and don't require you to buy an accurate scale or even use a scale... They have a database of hundreds of foods....

Go to this URL (We have this one in our "favorites"):

http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/cookingconversions.asp

IGNORE ALL THE SILLY BOXES AND JUST GO TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

You will see a box with these words:

"Step 1: Enter a food (i.e. syrup, corn, tortilla) then click Find or press Enter."

So enter "flour" or "banana" or whatever and then it goes on to allow you to focus on the "kind" of that item.

You will be asked to put in the "amount" (like 250) of [pick a measure](like grams) to be converted to [pick a measure](like cups). "

For example, it tells you that 250 grams of arrowroot flour is = 1.95 cup (US)

For example, you can select "Bananas / Mashed" and convert 1 cup of those mashed bananas to 225 grams.

Oh, I could go on and on....

Just think of all the happy fairies and trolls that had to mash up and weigh all those fruits and veggies to make this caclulator possible....

Anyway, this probably comes up a lot and I'm not sure if it's been addressed. If so, sorry for the repeat...

Cheers, Ed & Gail




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Re: MASS TO VOLUME CONVERSIONS: POSSIBLE? [Re: Lucky_Glider] #373333
08/29/07 08:54 PM
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Google has a pretty cool conversion program also. You type in what you have and what you want and it does it automatically! (But I can't remember it exactly!)


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Re: MASS TO VOLUME CONVERSIONS: POSSIBLE? [Re: Mel2mdl] #374084
08/30/07 08:38 PM
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thanks Molly, please let us know if you find it. :-)



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Re: MASS TO VOLUME CONVERSIONS: POSSIBLE? [Re: ] #374274
08/31/07 12:08 AM
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So if I were to use 2 tbs of fruit and 2 tbs of veggies I would need to weigh them to see if they weight the same? What should 2 tbs of fruit and veggies weigh in order to get the proper 2:1 ratio? Would it just depend on the type?

This is kind of confusing to me. How are you all SO smart?? Are you chemists? I wish I could think like that! smile

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Re: MASS TO VOLUME CONVERSIONS: POSSIBLE? [Re: BlndGrl8] #374427
08/31/07 09:48 AM
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BlndGrl8, sorry if we are complicating things for you. I guess this stuff comes naturally to me (yes, I'm a chemist...well Chemical Engineer...and I'm OCD...imagine that combination).

off_topic One day I'll tell you about a chemist friend of mine who worked up a spreadsheet tracking (and graphing) harrassing phone calls to his daughter.

Anyway, If you really want to get the volumes right, you can look on www.elook.com under Nutritional Information. Each entry gives a conversion like 1 cup = XXX grams. So, a tablespoon would weight XXX/16 (there are 16 Tbsp per cup).

As a general "rule of thumb" the solid veggies like broccoli, carrot, green beans, etc. weight ABOUT 1/2 that of the dense, juicy fruit (melon, berries, etc.). If you use the really leafy veggies (spinach, collards, parseley, etc.) a cup is about 1/4 or 1/5 as much as fruit (because of the air space in the scoop).

I'll try and post an example later. I can't get to my spreadsheet on this computer.


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