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When cooking, many choose to follow recipes. Personally, I
prefer the seat-of-the pants make it up as you go along
system, but I understand the appeal. It's also comforting
when cooking a whole new style of food to have reasonable
The problem with recipes, is the multitude of units.
young British chap trying to make american-style pancakes
I was immediately confused by the "cup" as a
measurement. After all, I had at least 8 different sizes of
cup to chose from, surely the USA has variety in their
As it turned out, a 'cup" is an actual unit. Half a pint, or
1/16th of a gallon*. It turns out that the US uses volume a
lot more as a measurement in cooking. It's actually pretty
convenient, need a cup of rice, take a 1 cup measure fill,
done. Need 1 cup of water to go with that? use the same
measure. This becomes problematic with recipes that use
weight/mass. 220g butter? Dammit. Now I need to break
out the scales. Or.. load up the volume/weight app, pre
programmed with the densities of all common foodstuffs
and boom: roughly one cup.
To be truly useful, it should be based on actual
measurements. Sure, baby spinach is low density, but say
you're adding 1kg, the stuff at the bottom will pack down,
increasing density. So, measure that, factor it into the
Add in other factors, ambient temperature from your smart
thermostat. Ambient pressure from location data &
weather services. There, now to make a phone interface
that works without getting flour all over the screen.
*which is, confusingly, 6.66 English pints or 0.83 English
First hit from google
weight to volume app for cooking ... [kdf, Jul 07 2020]
Baby spinach weight to volume!
[kdf, Jul 07 2020]
How have you managed to cook for this long not knowing what a "cup" is? [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 07 2020]
[xaviergisz, Jul 10 2020]
||Could have a cylindrical measure with motorised base which uses OCR to read the gram amount and the ingredient, and then moves the base to give the correct volume. Or, a scale with the same OCR system to read the ingredient, and then computing the weight to give a screen readout in cups.
||I dunno about customized baby-spinach conversations or
including ambient temperature and pressure calibaration - but
google "weight to volume app for cooking" and you'll find a
wealth of iPhone and Android apps. Shirley you could used at
least some of them in conjunction with Siri or Alexa to keep
from dusting the screen with flour or spattering it with
||//find a wealth of iPhone and Android apps//
||failed to do my due diligence, dammit.
||... but I'm sure none have baby-spinach specific conversions
... let me look - oh, there's one (link)
||I'm gonna bet that there are no measurements for pangolin.
||No measurements for pangolin? Dont need any,
they come with their own scales.
||I just used a recipe that called for "a cup of
butter" - no, I'm not going to fill a cup with butter
- and then for "a cup and two tablespoons" of another
ingredient - ! Just use grams for everything, FFS