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Steve Mills

When does 2 cups not equal 2 cups?

Posted Thursday, April 7, 2016, at 8:40 AM
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  • By the way, my experiment this morning was to "blend" my coffee grounds for two minutes (I liked that number this morning) in water, then strain it and heat as I desire a cup.

    The jury is still out if it is a viable thing, but....

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 8:43 AM
  • A "cup" of coffee is not 8 ounces. Since I don't drink coffee, I don't know what it is. But 6 cups should be 48 ounces, and if the pot says 10, that would be 4.8 ounces, and I'm sure that is wrong. I do know that a "cup" of tea is 6 ounces, and it is suppose to be less than a "cup" of coffee. I wonder how many people don't know that individual measuring cups (1/8,1/4,etc.) are for dry measuring, not wet?

    -- Posted by Tyger on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 10:55 AM
  • I read a blog post recently that explained it very well - and blew my mind. For your reading enjoyment: http://kimchimari.com/measuring-cups-us-vs-metric-vs-korean/

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 11:00 AM
  • Measuring cup volume verses weight volume is different...1 cup of steal bee-bee's would weigh more then the 8oz volume for liquid. I'm guessing! It can be confusing...In the kitchen we weigh flour and such for baking and use grams instead of ounces...however a lot of non-technical cake recipes have been adjusted to use cups for quick and easy method.

    A standard cup of coffee, in say 1970 for measuring purposes, to the level top was 6oz. To consider a coffee maker minus the steam and minus the space or fill too line, to keep from it spilling on you,was 4.8 to 5oz. So the servings of a standard cup of coffee from your maker would be about 10 if you added 6 cups of water...a cup of water is 8oz. a cup or serving on your coffee machine measure thingy is about 4.8oz or 5oz(includes air above fill line). So 10-4.8oz servings equals 6-8oz cups of water or 48oz of coffee.

    BTW...I drink about 4-12oz glasses of coffee almost every morning! The 1/2 a carbohydrate per glass milk I use, cools down the glass to a perfect temp to consume, immediately upon jumping outta bed of course!

    Your smoothie container holds 48oz of liquid or 6 cups of liquid with a serving size of 2-24oz weight servings including the "fruit weight".

    The standard weight of a say "Smoothie King" smoothie is a 20oz. with a child's size of 12oz. The air to the top where they add the whip topping is about 4oz of area volume! The servings per container of most weighted commercial items like potato chips usually includes "air oz." in total volume, I'm thinking, so I'm wondering if my brain weighs less at the moment! ha-ha!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 11:41 AM
  • Yowza! When recipes are made, do you measure everything with the same measuring device and do they consider that or do they instinctively know a dry and wet measurement?

    I went to the bog LeahTN79 and found out that there are differences between countries as well? So when Martha Stewart gives you a recipe for an International dish, has she adjust to American measurements or....?

    By the way, I was just about to look for kimchi recipes and the site your referred us to is Korean! Fate, I must make some.

    She made radish kimchi, which I never knew existed and I have radishes coming in right now. Wish I knew this a few months ago when I had radishes on steroids. I don't think I have any Asian radishes but it should be the same, just different. Huh?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 12:47 PM
  • Hmmm, maybe we need a recipe session for our garden cub? That would be part of the "reap".

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 12:48 PM
  • Are we cooking our garden mascot?..I'm game!...cub! Ha!... You might want to read that line again!

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 6:52 PM
  • Oops!. No mascot sacrifices.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 8:28 PM
  • I know! It absolutely blew me away that there are so many differences. I had no idea.

    I'm not sure about using traditional radish instead if Daikon. It won't hurt to try. If you need more Korean recipe or ingredient sources, feel free to shoot me an email. It's Leahtn79@gmail.com. Hubby is 1/2 Korean, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. I'm probably running yo the Korean market Saturday, if there's something you need, or I might have what you need here.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Thu, Apr 7, 2016, at 10:38 PM
  • Thanks Leah. Where is the Korean market?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 7:57 AM
  • My favorite one is just off of Haywood Lane - 2059 Antioch Pike.

    Take I-24 W to Exit 57 Haywood Lane. You can only go right at the end of the ramp. Stay in the right lane and turn onto Antioch Pike at the next light. Stay in the right lane and you'll be forced to turn right at the next light (Richards Road). You'll turn into the side entrance of the market. Just go behind the medical building that's in the front and you'll see the market at the back of the lot.

    There are a few more around Nashville, but that one is by far our favorite. You can get a few things at International Market, 1622 Bradyville Pike, but they focus more on Thai, Vietnamese, etc. However, she does make good, fresh cabbage kimchi a few times a week.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 5:43 PM
  • That first one is tucked away. May never have found it but we will now.

    International Market is in Murfreesboro? Maybe my wide knew, but I sure didn't. Will definitely check them both out. Kamsahamnida. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 6:19 PM
  • It is! International Market also features a hole in the wall cafe where you can get some seriously home style Thai food. There's a Korean restaurant next to the market in Antioch, but for restaurants, I recommend going a little farther to Seoul Garden at the corner of Nolensville and Edmondson.

    -- Posted by LeahTN79 on Fri, Apr 8, 2016, at 11:33 PM
  • Thanks LeahTN79.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 9, 2016, at 7:55 AM
  • Back to "cups": One would think that the size would be the same through all of the British Commonwealth, but apparently it isn't. Since everything is made in China, I guess it is the case of "one English looks like another."

    I have a hot pot for making tea. On it is a line stating "6 cups", which would be 1.44 liters (US legal for an 8 ounce cup). About 1 cm above is a line stating 1 liter. ?? I going to see if I can find my metric measuring cup, and see just what I have here. (My present measuring cups are old style: no metric on other side.)

    -- Posted by Tyger on Sat, Apr 9, 2016, at 8:18 AM
  • I wonder if that is one of the reasons I rarely see a measuring cup really used in the cooking shows. I thought that they were doing it for speed, but maybe they get more consistency with "eye", "palm", or "pinches" than following exact measurements from recipes.

    Maybe that is why so many results are not quite what you hoped for, compared to the finished product you tasted before you got the recipe?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Apr 9, 2016, at 8:30 AM
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