SOS!! Cheese emergency!

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WendyMaq

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 16:39
I love cheese but hate cooking with it.

Does the recipe mean what it says, "3/4 cup of cheese, shredded" (which means 6 ounces to me) OR do they really mean 3/4 cup shredded cheese which look more like 2 ounces? Doubt Question
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 16:47
I hate that too. But if you take a block of cheese and cut 6oz and 2oz and shred it you'd probably get a better answer. Which I think would be the 6oz. If its like say kraft cheese already shredded I would look at oz in bag and find the little cups showing how many they say is in bag that might help too lol
WendyMaq

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 16:55
I would think 6 oz, too, but I'm afraid maybe that's part of "the problem." LOL!
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:02
What are you making? Is it considered a dry or wet ingredient. I ask only because there is a tiny difference. But I really do think if you weigh out 6oz its what you will be looking for. Think if you put that 2oz into measuring cup and get rid of air pockets it won't be at the 3/4 line
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:07
Ugg now I just looked at a bag of cheese and says 8oz in bag but only 2 cups in bag. So I guess they count the air pockets and you use measuring cup then not scale lol
WendyMaq

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:19
I'm trying to make a cordon bleu casserole... 6 oz had too much fat and 2 oz didn't look like enough, so I'm splitting the difference and going with 4 oz. Very Happy
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:26
Lol love the way you think Smile
Hoser

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:36
It means the physical volume of 3/4 of a cup of shredded cheese.

If the recipe called for six ounces of cheese, that would be six ounces by weight. Because it calls for 3/4 of a cup, it means volume. Shred cheese and pack it into a measuring cup until you hit the 3/4 mark.

This is, admittedly, confusing. The problem is that we use volume and weight somewhat interchangeably when talking about fluids. Since most wet ingredients roughly the same density as water, we can say that 3/4 of a cup and six ounces is the same thing.

With dry ingredients, it doesn't work that way. When they specify a volume, you need to measure the volume.
WendyMaq

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:37
I never know what to do in a recipe when they say "Swiss cheese, shredded," I am going to assume you take the indicated amount of cheese (3/4 cup = 6 oz) then shred it. Grammatically, that is what the recipe is telling me to do. If they want me to use 3/4c of "shredded Swiss cheese," then you must say it! I'm a cheese-a-holic, don't give me a reason to over-indulge! ;D LOL!!
Hoser

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:38
Oh, if 8 ounces was two cups, you had all of the information you needed right there on the bag. Three ounces would have been 3/4 of a cup. You added a bit more than the recipe called for, but most recipes are forgiving.
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:45
I actually bought a measuring cup that has wet and dry measurements as I know they do measure differently. I got one like Alton Brown uses on Good Eats. Its a Tube with a sleeve that once you measure out your stuff you just push on the thing and it scrapes everything right into bowl. Really works great for things that are sticky like honey. Or say packed brown sugar for cookies. Pack it and pop it out.
WendyMaq

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:48
My husband and I debate the whole wet/dry thing. Well, no we don't. He tells me I'm wrong and I say whatever and use my liquid measure anyway. LOL!
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 10 Dec 2010, 17:56
I use regular cup myself most of the time. But if it has to be precise or like when I've made peanut brittle in the microwave and it says use corn syrup I'm reaching for that wet dry cup because it sure beats trying to pour then scrape out the other measuring cup lol



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