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ALIALI2013 SparkPoints: (29,878)
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3/1/13 2:53 P

So cool, Nausikaa, have a great vacation!!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/28/13 4:08 P

ALIAL2013 - "ever see anyone excited about buying a food scales before?"

Actually yes... ME!!! I have bought 2 food scales in the past few years and was super excited about both of them :D I love my food scale and I'm getting ready to go on a 2 week vacation and it's coming with me!!

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2/28/13 1:29 P

CBR, I meant the rule saying 8oz fl oz is 1 cup. That only applies to liquids. Of course you would use cups to measure things like flour for baking (although the best way to do it IS by weight), or stuff like rice. But, when measuring dry ingredients by cup, their weights will still vary. 1 cup of rice is not the same weight as 1 cup of say, pasta.

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2/28/13 1:18 P

Just for reference, saying that you only use cups to measure liquids is not entirely correct. Think about when measuring dry ingredients according to recipe (ex. for baking), such as flour and sugar; "cups" (technically units of fl. oz.) are very much the appropriate measure here. But, whatever floats your boat...

"In the U.S., the quantity measured by dry and liquid measured less than a pint are the same. After that, there is a difference. A U.S. pint used for liquid measures is 473 milliliters, where as a dry measure pint is 551 milliliters, which means it is 16.5% larger. A U.S. dry measure quart is 16.4% bigger than its liquid counterpart, at 1101 milliliters vs. 946."

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2/28/13 11:37 A

Thank you, SusanBeamon, SPKrause, and Nausikaa, I'm learning so much from all of you, THANK YOU! I love the ideas you've come up with, and will utilize them, I am so glad I came to this site, and THIS is exactly why, so many out there who can help me. Scales is on my list for groceries this week, ever see anyone excited about buying a food scales before? :D Thank you all, again, have a FUNTASTIC DAY!

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
2/28/13 6:42 A

Yes, you NEED a scale but ... cauliflower is an extremely low calorie food. An entire pound of raw cauliflower is only 113 calories (24g carbs of which 11g are fiber - if you count that stuff).

At the place where you purchase cauliflower, don't you buy it by weight? So it should say on your receipt how much the entire bag weighs. Let's say you bought 3 lbs. Take all of it, study it, and break it into 3 equal groups - those are 1 lb each. Then subdivide into halves, then halves again. That way you have 1/4 lb (4 oz) portions. Stick each 4 oz in a separate bag.

But you need a scale. This is not a long-term solution. If you don't have a scale, cauliflower will be the least of your problems.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 2/28/2013 (06:44)
SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
2/28/13 2:28 A

I agree with many of the rest: invest in a scale, and it makes measuring fruits and veggies (as well as grains) so much easier (and 'consistent').

As for floret size ... cauliflower and broccoli and the like are low enough in calories overall (and by extension carbs, plus high in fiber, etc.) that being off by a bit isn't going to matter much. There's no 'standard' size for a floret, really, but do, for example, do a google search for 'cauliflower floret size' and just look at some of the images -- it's about removing most of the stalk. And then it's not about number of florets, but a cup of florets or half a cup, etc. Sure, there will be 'gaps' between them if you dump a bunch in a measuring cup, but it's not a great calorie crime.

If concerned: use a scale.

SUSANBEAMON Posts: 10,284
2/28/13 1:13 A

carbs matter, but first you have to seperate simple carbs from complex carbs. i believe calliflower is a complex carb. at least it has lots of fiber, which you want. it can get complicated.

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2/28/13 12:36 A

Yojulez, I was joking when I said that, sorry for the confusion..once people get to know me, they know I have my Fathers sense of humor, and though he's gone, I still carry it on, proudly. :) But yes, the information you give helps a lot, thank you.

I was thinking the same thing, KClime, but I'm diabetic, so I have to watch any carbs..if there are I'm thinking again and that's dangerous. Thank you, if carbs don't matter much, then I'll do as you do. Thanks lots!

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2/27/13 11:11 P

I'm gonna echo the suggestion for the scale, but I would gauge a floret to be the smallest section before the little fuzzy bits. Like individual "trees" without a lot of "branches" if that makes sense? Just my opinion, but cauliflower is so healthy, I wouldn't stress too much over measuring it perfectly. I'm certainly not as "precise" about things like cauliflower as I am with other cheese haha.

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2/27/13 10:58 P

Actually there is no way to "shove a lot of florets into one ounce". An ounce is a unit of measure by weight, so the volume of what you're measuring doesn't matter, 1oz is 1oz. So, 1 oz could be 2 larger florets, or 4 smaller ones. The only time using cups (volume measure) to come up with ounces is if you're measuring liquid.

You definitely should get a scale. They are not expensive and are essential to making sure you're eating the right amounts.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 2/27/2013 (22:58)
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2/27/13 8:33 P

Ooohh that sounds nice, Gratteciella, thank you. I use the measuring cups for my cereal, but when it came to ounces..I mean if I really wanted, I could shove a LOT of little florets into an ounce, so 3 oz could be a whole Cauliflower, but I know it's not. :D Sorry, couldn't resist, but thank you for the advice on the digital scale, that's a good idea. Have a wonderful evening. ;)

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2/27/13 8:30 P

I have no idea and the amounts for broccoli have always confused me too. (What is a stalk? What is a spear?) but I would say that a digital kitchen scale would be a good investment for you. You can measure everything from your morning cereal to your cauliflower. And you can use it to measure baking ingredients too!

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2/27/13 7:50 P

I am having problems with figuring out exactly how BIG a cauliflower floret is, a raw one. I wish someone would post a photo of exactly how big one is, with a ruler by it, because each one is different sizes. I mean, exactly what IS the size of a floret?

I don't have anything to measure "3 oz" so that doesnt help me a bit. Am I overeating on my cauliflower florets?

PLEASE tell me!! I did a search on the site and didn't find anything to help me, so I guess I'll sit here hoping someone let's me know.

Thank you, to whoever can. :)

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