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#### PiedPiper

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##### conversions
« on: February 22, 2011, 08:21:28 PM »
Hey all,  how do I convert the recipes I see on pizzamaking.com from percentages to something I can understand (cups, teaspoons and tablespoons)

#### Pete-zza

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##### Re: conversions
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2011, 08:26:05 PM »
Hey all,  how do I convert the recipes I see on pizzamaking.com from percentages to something I can understand (cups, teaspoons and tablespoons)

PiedPiper,

The only tool that I can recommend is the Mass-Volume Conversion Calculator at http://tools.foodsim.com/. Unfortunately, that tool is limited to only the ingredients listed in the drop-down menus and the listed Measurement Methods. I suspect that if you decide to use that tool, you will find it much easier and convenient to invest in a good digital scale.

Peter

#### GuzziJason

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##### Re: conversions
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2011, 10:25:15 PM »
I'm with Peter... If you plan on baking regularly, a scale is the way to go, and they're not terribly expensive. Not all cups are created equal, but a gram is a gram is a gram. Plus, if you ever decide you want to scale your recipe by, say 20% (as I did recently), cups and spoons are just a recipe for madness.

If you do get a scale, I suggest one with 1 gram precision. The one I have now is only precise to 5 grams, and while I've used it for a few years now OK, I'm thinking of replacing it with a more precise one. The forum won't let me post links yet, but if you search Amazon for B001N07KUE, you'll find the one I've got my eye on - 11 LB capacity, 1 gram precision, and only \$25... sounds perfect to me.

__Jason
« Last Edit: February 23, 2011, 09:55:56 AM by GuzziJason »

#### c0mpl3x

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##### Re: conversions
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2011, 01:08:13 AM »
I'm with Peter... If you plan on baking regularly, a scale is the way to go, and their not terribly expensive. Not all cups are created equal, but a gram is a gram is a gram. Plus, if you ever decide you want to scale your recipe by, say 20% (as I did recently), cups and spoons are just a recipe for madness.

If you do get a scale, I suggest one with 1 gram precision. The one I have now is only precise to 5 grams, and while I've used it for a few years now OK, I'm thinking of replacing it with a more precise one. The forum won't let me post links yet, but if you search Amazon for B001N07KUE, you'll find the one I've got my eye on - 11 LB capacity, 1 gram precision, and only \$25... sounds perfect to me.

__Jason

amazon has a salter 1lb diet scale for 8 bucks, and a digital that goes 100g in .01g, that is \$15.  i would buy both.

actually these are the scales i use now
pizza, it makes our world go round.

#### PietroUK

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##### Re: conversions
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2011, 08:45:49 AM »
The only measurement I personally find difficult to convert - is when people give you a recipe in 'cups'.

Firstly, it's not something I'm used to as its not commonly found in Europe. To me, a cup is something you drink tea in.
Secondly, its seems rather vague - it's more a unit of volume than weight - how do I know how dense 'cup' of flour is, for example.

#### PiedPiper

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##### Re: conversions
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2011, 09:58:14 AM »
Thanks all,  this might be the reason why my pizzas are always inconsistent too.  I have a digital scale I use to weigh packages with for home mailing so for the time being ill use that till I get a kitchen dedicated scale.

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