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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pet Peeve Alert

I promise a more substantive post soon. A friend on Facebook posted a link to a Macaroni and Cheese recipe, and the author cited this page to support her statement that "There are volume differences between both dry and wet measuring cups."

The problem is, that's just not true. I was so bothered by this that I didn't even bother to get dressed before making this video:



Blogger Lauren said...

Woah. I've never heard anyone say that the liquid measuring cups and dry measuring cups are different volumes until now. How ridiculous. 1 cup = 1 cup. Duh!

February 4, 2010 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. Maybe she should re-think having a food blog.

February 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

I have heard this my whole life! I've even had recipes get messed up by using the liquid for dry and visa versa. I couldn't get your video to play, so I still don't know what your take on it is. I'll try again later.

February 8, 2010 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

No, it's the same volume measurement. A cup = eight fluid ounces, whether the cup has a rim on it or not. It's just easier to accurately measure solids in a dry measuring cup and liquids in a liquid measuring cup.

I think where this came from (besides the logistical issue above) is people thinking that ounces are ounces. Cups are cups, but volume ounces and weight ounces can vary greatly depending on what you're measuring. They're the same for water, but almost nothing else.

February 8, 2010 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Bart said...

Ahhh, it all becomes clear. The has been a debate in our household for some time. I'm glad that the truth has come to light.

February 9, 2010 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Adriana Velez said...

Oh no, the video isn't playing anymore! Did you take it down? I'm sad to be missing out on your rant. I do love me a good cooking rant.

At any rate, I've heard that liquid/dry measuring cups have different volumes myth, too. Myths like that are for people who don't cook with confidence in the first place and are always worried about "getting it wrong" somehow.

February 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

Try reloading the page and trying again. I just did this and got it to play after about the fourth try. I haven't changed anything on my end.

February 10, 2010 at 2:40 PM  
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February 20, 2010 at 12:27 AM  

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