Friday, 1 February 2008
You Say a Cup, I say 2,3659 desilitres!
Some of my favorite recipes are from cookbooks or websites that use American cooking measurements. By now I have baked Heidi's holiday cupcakes enough times to know by heart approximately how many dls is 1 or 1/2 or 1 1/2 cups, but it is a pain, a small one, but a pain nevertheless, to have to do some calculations every time I want to bake something from a "non-metric recipe". And of course, the same applies the other way round, if you are used to cups and ounces and would like to bake using a "metric recipe".
Also I might be able convert cups to desilitres, but! 1 cup equals to 2,3659 dls. If your average metric measurement cup gives you wholes and halves then 2,4 or 3,6 etc. are a challenge, not to mention 2,3659!!! I know we are not talking about rocket science here! It is perfectly fine to use approximate measurements and still succeed when baking, but sometimes I've wondered whether it would make a difference to be able to be a bit more exact when using American recipes. Well, ta-daa!! Now I will be able to do just that. See what I found in a store today! I am the proud owner of this measuring cup that has both cups/oz and ml/liter marked on it. I'm one happy camper today! :) Plus it snowed, quite a lot, too! :)
Here are a couple of useful links if you need to convert kitchen measurements: