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POPEYETHETURTLE
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8/25/10 9:32 P

Rebcca,

Thank you for replying, but I guess I didn't make myself clear.

I know the info on dry weight, but .... When I click on (pasta,cooked), it states that the measurement there is also two ounces.

Two ounces dry cannot be, by the laws of physics, equal to the same amount cooked.

What I am looking for is, what does 2 ounces dry equal when it is cooked?

Any idea?

bc



REBCCA
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8/25/10 9:26 P

Hello Bob,

The serving size of 2 oz, is a dry measurement. If you divide the number of servings listed on the label by the number of ounces on the package you will see this is correct.



POPEYETHETURTLE
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8/25/10 9:21 P

Help! Help! HELP!

I guess no one but AllisonAZ saw this before, so I will ask again:

When I am putting in foods for my daily food tracking and I click on (Pasta, cooked), it shows a serving weight of 2 ounces. That's always looked strangely small, but I never really looked for an answer.

The other day I tried an experiment with three kinds of past - penne, macaroni and spaghetti. The suggested dry weight for each one was two ounces, so I measured and weighed the 2 ounces for each one, then I cooked each and re-weighed them.

The weights I measured ranged from 3.4 ounces to 3.7 ounces, and the serving size looked reasonable to me.

Is there a mistake for cooked pasta as it is listed?

Thanks for the help. I know this may seem penne-ante to some of you :) but it is one of those things that makes a perfectionist like me just a litre crazy.

Oh, and as an old geezer, I have a weird sense of humor - but I've EARNED it.

Bob



ALLISONAZ
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8/20/10 11:36 P

Interesting experiment.

For the first time in all my "dieting" I actually made spaghetti at home the other day and weighed out my two ounce portion AFTER it was cooked, assuming that was when the serving size and nutrition was calculated. It was such a depressingly small amount of pasta, so I'm not surprised that when 2 oz dried is cooked it becomes 3.5 oz.

It is confusing and you make an excellent point. I hope this can be cleared up. And hopefully... it's 2 oz dried lol.



POPEYETHETURTLE
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8/20/10 11:28 P

For quite some time, I have had a feeling that the "pasta, cooked" numbers weren't correct. The "pasta, cooked" states that the portion size is two ounces and the calories are approximately 200.

I weighed three different pastas on a portion scale to exactly two ounces (the dry weight recommended by the manufacturer from which they derived their nutritional data), all of the pastas were Martha Gooch.

I chose macaroni, spaghetti, and penne pasta for my "experiment".

I followed the cooking directions for all three pastas and they were cooked until they still held their shape but were still just crisp.

For the Spaghetti, I found that 2 dry ounces cooked up into 3.5 ounces; macaroni cooked up to weigh about 3.625 ounces and the penne cooked up to weigh about 3.75 ounces.

I know the top end differences aren't much and no doubt they could be averaged. However, there is a significant portion difference between 2 ounces cooked and 3.5 ounces cooked.

Could you check the "pasta, cooked" portions and calories?

The calories are close enough to keep us in the ballpark, but not if we use a dry measure to establish a cooked portion.

Thanks,

Bob Clarkson

Edited by: POPEYETHETURTLE at: 8/21/2010 (00:01)


 
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