What's a cup, for goodness' sake?

I'm curmudgeonly about all this - my scales do ounces and grammes, but when American units are used, I have to search for conversion tables. And then I generally forget about the pint thing - "a pint's a pound the world around". Sheesh.

Can I humbly suggest that people always include metric measurements in their recipes? I know that not everything is actually measured - a 'handful' or a 'slosh' are fine.

It may be a pain to do this - but just remember that you're keeping me happy, and you'll find it all worthwhile.

3 comments to this

ramtops said on 23 Feb 2006 at 12:44:37:

I found it easiest to just buy a set of measuring cups :)

morrice said on 23 Feb 2006 at 14:11:02:

A UK pint is 20 fluid ounces. The Americans are cheapskates because their pint is a mere 16 fluid ounces!
A cup is half a pint - 10 fl ozs English, 8 fl ozs American.

I detest a "handful"! Breasts should be an SBH (Standard British Handful), but in recipes how big is the hand of the cook? One of my hands full is about three times as much as a French friend - who has an SBH superstructure, but you don't cook with those!

sasha said on 23 Feb 2006 at 15:59:32:

Ramtops has the right idea: buy a set of measuring cups.  Well worth it to save on sheer aggravation.

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