Thursday, January 11, 2007

Weird Measurements

Of all the weird US measurements, I find their measurements of butter to be the strangest. They usually refer to it as cups or sticks, or worse, tablespoons. How do you measure a table spoon of butter, and WHY on earth WOULD you do that?!!!

Most butter wrappers come with weight graduations, or if not its easy enough to guesstimate the weight by dividing a block evenly.

Anyway, I found out this information:

1 stick of butter = 1/4 pound
1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup
1 stick of butter = 8 tablespoons
1 stick of butter = 4 ounces
1 stick of butter = 113 grams

So, by extension, 1 cup of butter = 227 grams (the almost standard size of one block these days...eg anchor butter, is 227gm instead of 250gm), and 1 cup butter = 16 tablespoons.

While we're at it, those of you who don't have a digital scale, might wonder how to measure 7g of yeast. Aside from going to the post office and asking them to weigh for you, ....hmmm, I found out that 7g of yeast is 2 teaspoons. Although recently I have been given a digital scale, I haven't bothered to verify.

15 comments:

Rasa Malaysia said...

I baked something, not cake though...see if you approve. ;)

snowdrop said...

my "notes" from unreliable internet research says 7g of yeast is 2 1/4 tsp, so i guess 2 tsp is about right lah :)

btw, emailed u yesterday at gmail, dunno if u got it yet.

fatboybakes said...

RM, your tarts look loverly. cant wait to try the vanilla cream filling.

snowie, yalar, 2 or 2.25 not much diff la. hey, great selling site. i must try your sugee cake. i have to say, i think i am a sugee virgin, never tried before, or if i have, i didnt know i have. but i must try.

snowdrop said...

haha, i personally dont like the taste of sugee cake! too "1 lup 1 lup" for my taste. but my friends who tasted the ONE time i made it liked it :)

it's amy beh's recipe from kuali, if u wanna try.

Angeleyes said...

Been oming to your site lately and enjoyed reading your posts.

I must agreed that Americans has weird way of doing things... Was so confused with all the cups and stick thingy when I first started reading their food/cooking blogs.

Thanks for the info!

fatboybakes said...

ooh, i am being watched by an angel.
thanks for dropping by. glad u enjoy reading.

Anonymous said...

Golden Churn Unsalted Butter weighs 227gm too though the salted version is 250gm...personally i think golden churn is the way to go when baking

fatboybakes said...

yeah, well, golden churn is like double the price of normal butter isnt it??? i guess if you're baking for family, and if its a butter cake, definitely should use that. (my "godma" also advocates using GC for butter cakes, but charges 50 bucks for a 1kg butter cake)

jacqui_woo said...

Guess the US measurements were written for US residents (the world revolves around them, remember). Butter here comes in sticks, which equals half a cup. And the wrappers have little markings that show you how to cut off a tbsp, and so on. It's actually pretty convenient, but only helps if your butter comes in the same packaging, I s'pose.

boo_licious said...

Ah, one q I have been meaning to ask, Golden Churn in can is unsalted or salted? See them also in the normal butter bar form but never buy since I prefer them unsalted. I don't bake commercially so am quite happy with my Lurpak.

fatboybakes said...

aiyo, i dunno la. i just bought for the first time, 2 cans, and it doesnt say. what i do know is, it BLARDY expensive. RM8.99 for 340gm. what's 340gm anyway???? is it equivalent to a lb or something? its like 3 times the price of normal butter....
aiyo, if you bake commercially, it would be pokai-fiable to use golden churn.

lariest said...

well...as far as i know, gc butter in cans weigh 454gm which equals 1lb and gc butter in bars cost almost the same as anchor if im not wrong ie RM4.40-RM4.90 each depending on where u get it from...of coz if ur planning to use gc butter to do commercial baking then it's most cost efficient to get the one that comes in 2kg cans which u can get in cartons (6 cans each)...well that's what i do lah...

boo_licious: im not sure about the 454gm cans but the 2kg cans that i get is unsalted...as for the bars they have unsalted (227gm) and salted (250g)...if ur using us measurements then the 227gm bar equals 1 cup or 2 sticks butter so it's easier to use if ur lazy to weigh the butter

fatboybakes said...

alamak, the cans i bought (from TMC) were 340gm, for RM9. i saw the bars in village grocer, RM4.99 I think. lariest, anchor butter in Bake With Yen is only RM3.
where to buy 2kg cans of golden churn? oh, and strangely, the cans are from new zealand, whereas the bars are from australia. and my baking adviser swears that the bars are not up to par with cans.

i wouldnt know yet, coz after buying the cans, didnt have time to bake last night.

boo_licious said...

I saw the bars at Tesco. Lots of them. The cans are usually found at the bake shops but not the ones in Taman Megah - I think I saw them at Shah Alam's Bagus. Thanks for the tip, will check it out as I want to test which butter brand is better.

lariest said...

FBB: I'm from Kuching so I guess things are a little more expensive here compared to West Msia...I get the 2kg ones from the wholesale suppliers here...and yes I have to sorta agree that the canned ones do give a better flavour tho i never noticed the aust/nz diff till u mentioned it...