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Dec 26, 2010 04:28 AM

Lbs to cups ????

My Sicilian recipe cook book for bread calls for lbs of flour not cups. Help!!

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      1. re: roxlet

        Thanks for the link, roxlet. I have bookmarked it for future reference.

    1. I'm surprised a Sicilian recipe book isnt in metric.

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      1. re: Harters

        Thanks ...................... no metric that I could find ..........Food photos though, did stir my appetite for stuff other than lots of leftovers LOL

      2. an excellent excuse to buy a kitchen scale! they're inexpensive and a much more accurate measure than using volume, especially for baking. i'm surprised you don't have other cook books using weights?


          I keep this site in my internet favorites. There is a section specifically on cooking conversions of all types.

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          1. re: eliz553

            it's simply not as accurate. depending on the humidity in the air, the grain and moisture content of the flour, etc. that is why professional kitchens use weights, not measures, for dry goods.

            1. re: eliz553

              Another great site I have bookmarked. Thank you for the link.

            2. I hate to be the one bearer of bad news, but you won't find a conversion chart that is absolutely accurate. For example, ipsedixit lists a cup of AP flour as having a weight of 4 ounces. That's certainly an accepted "general" rule but it may not apply to the recipe you're using at any given time. I use a standard of 4.5 ounces per cup and the weight varies depending on whether I'm using AP flour or bread flour. I've used bread formulas produced by others than use anywhere from 4 ounces to 5 ounces as their standard.
              In reality, only experience and careful weighing of ingredients will give you consistent accuracy. So if you use a conversion formula and it doesn't turn out quite as you had hoped, yoj can blame the author of the recipe/formula for not revealing the weight of his/her ingredients in the first place.