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#### mistachy

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##### New and confused
« on: December 30, 2012, 07:19:46 PM »
I'm trying to make a new york style pizza dough so I'm looking up recipes in the threads and I'm so confused. I'm used to working with ounces and teaspoons etc... but what confuses me is when a recipe states to use .31 teaspoons... how on earth is that done? example, i dont know how to read this:

Flour (100%):
Water (56.25%):
IDY (0.66406%):
Salt (0.92285%):
Oil (2.97618%):
Total (160.81309%):
405.47 g  |  14.3 oz | 0.89 lbs
228.08 g  |  8.05 oz | 0.5 lbs
2.69 g | 0.09 oz | 0.01 lbs | 0.89 tsp | 0.3 tbsp
3.74 g | 0.13 oz | 0.01 lbs | 0.67 tsp | 0.22 tbsp
12.07 g | 0.43 oz | 0.03 lbs | 2.68 tsp | 0.89 tbsp
652.05 g | 23 oz | 1.44 lbs | TF = N/A

#### Tscarborough

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2012, 07:25:17 PM »
Buy an electronic scale with an accuracy of .01 gram and a capacity up to 2-300 grams, or do what I do and squint a bit.

#### Pete-zza

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2012, 07:58:00 PM »
DJ,

You don't have to use exact volume conversions. You can use the nearest fractional value. For example, 0.89 teaspoon is a bit more than 7/8 teaspoon. 0.67 teaspoon is a bit more than 5/8 teaspoon. 2.68 teaspoons is a bit more than 2 5/8 teaspoons. All teaspoon readings are level readings.

Peter

#### mkevenson

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2012, 08:54:30 PM »
Mistachy, Look on Amazon and find a digital scale that reads 0.01g. It costs 10 bucks or so. When using bakers %, as used here it will make your life so much easier. I personally have a larger scale to weigh flour and water and a little one to measure salt, sugar yeast etc. A small cost now will save you a lot of grief later, if you want to use bakers %.

Welcome to the best pizza bakers site.

Mark
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#### mistachy

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2012, 08:56:43 PM »
Mistachy, Look on Amazon and find a digital scale that reads 0.01g. It costs 10 bucks or so. When using bakers %, as used here it will make your life so much easier. I personally have a larger scale to weigh flour and water and a little one to measure salt, sugar yeast etc. A small cost now will save you a lot of grief later, if you want to use bakers %.

Welcome to the best pizza bakers site.

Mark

I have one. I just need to get small containers to use for weighing ingredients instead of the huge weigh tray that it comes with. Thanks for the replies all.

This is my scale. It should suffice. http://weightlossundercontrol.com/good-cook-electronic-digital-food-scale-weighs-in-pounds-metric-grams-and-ounces-requires-9v-battery-not-included/
« Last Edit: December 30, 2012, 09:12:55 PM by mistachy »

#### Chicago Bob

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2012, 09:37:57 PM »
I'm used to working with ounces and teaspoons etc... but what confuses me is when a recipe states to use .31 teaspoons... how on earth is that done?

3.74 g | 0.13 oz | 0.01 lbs | 0.67 tsp | 0.22 tbsp

Mistachy,
Just ignore those goofy(part of a tsp. etc. stuff)and look to the left on the given weights and choose the way you want to measure.

Since you understand oz weighing...in the above example instead of trying to measure the goofy 0.67 tsp...jus look to the left...0.13 oz is what you would weigh out to be equivalent to 0.67 tsp.

Bob
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#### Pete-zza

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 09:54:07 PM »
My practice is to use my regular digital scale to weigh out the flour and water. For the rest of the ingredients, I use the goofy teaspoon and tablespoon numbers. I can do that a lot faster than I can dig out my small digital scale to weigh the ingredients.

Peter

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 10:03:10 PM »
mistachy,
There is a set of measuring spoons available that break down the goofyness into percent/portion of a teaspoon. I believe they have words like...pinch,smidgen,etc.stamped on them....
Maybe Peter knows more about these goof proof measuring devices.
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#### mistachy

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 10:18:27 PM »
lol that was a good one bob

#### Chicago Bob

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 10:48:39 PM »
Jus say NO! to being confused...

"There is no substitute for measuring ingredients accurately."

Exact measurements give you consistent results, plus the ability to better taste experimental alterations.

Multiple sets of measuring spoons come in handy when measuring different ingredients, so you don't have to wash in between.
Measure
Equivalent

Drop    1/64 teaspoon
Smidgen    1/32 teaspoon
Pinch    1/16 teaspoon
Dash    1/8 teaspoon
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#### mkevenson

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2012, 11:35:48 AM »
I have one. I just need to get small containers to use for weighing ingredients instead of the huge weigh tray that it comes with. Thanks for the replies all.

I use Metal containers the size of a shot glass to weigh salt,sugar,yeist,oil, etc. Picked up at a restaurant supply ,used for pennies. Course I only make 1-2 dough balls at a time, if you need larger use small ramekins , also avail at restaurant supply stores.

Mark
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#### Pete-zza

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2012, 12:03:22 PM »
Multiple sets of measuring spoons come in handy when measuring different ingredients, so you don't have to wash in between.
Measure
Equivalent

Drop    1/64 teaspoon
Smidgen    1/32 teaspoon
Pinch    1/16 teaspoon
Dash    1/8 teaspoon

Bob,

Here is another photo of the mini-spoons: http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,5583.msg47264.html#msg47264. They do come in quite handy but mostly for very small volumes of ingredients. The tougher measuring spoon to find is 1/3 teaspoon. That size often comes in a larger set of specialty measuring spoons but the cost of such sets is usually more expensive than just buying a small digital scale.

Peter

#### Chicago Bob

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 12:22:06 PM »
Bob,

The tougher measuring spoon to find is 1/3 teaspoon. That size often comes in a larger set of specialty measuring spoons but the cost of such sets is usually more expensive than just buying a small digital scale.

Peter
Bed ,Bath and Beyond to the rescue......

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/1/3/1-3-teaspoon-measuring-tools
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#### Pete-zza

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 06:51:39 PM »

#### deb415611

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##### Re: New and confused
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2013, 10:16:26 AM »
A little more expensive but more sizes  POURfect 12-piece measuring spoon set includes standard and in-between sizes: 1/64, 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4, 1 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1 tablespoon and 2 tablespoon.   http://www.chefscatalog.com/product/25962-POURfect-Measuring-Cup-and-Measuring-Spoons-Sets.aspx?sourcecode=DW2GGP236&gclid=CP-7-o25x7QCFQ-f4AodBS0ApA

I bought a set when they first came out.  Nice for yeast and I use the smaller ones when scaling down things like sausage recipes
Deb