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MYRNA53 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/16/10 3:31 P

Thanks! I had put in an order to Sparks but the shipping was $30! I thought that was a ridiculous amount of money so cancelled my order. I will check out your suggestions.

LETYAK Posts: 398
10/16/10 3:12 P

thanks soo much everyone! this really helps me!

ANARIE Posts: 12,487
10/16/10 2:55 P

A scale is an important investment, for exactly this reason. If the mozzarella is cold when you shred it, an ounce might fill up 1/2 cup. If it's warm, or if you don't measure it right away, the shreds start sticking together, it's less fluffy, and it might only be 1/4 cup or even less.

It's even more dramatic with things like cereal. A cup of raisin bran from the top of the box when you first open might weigh only an ounce, while a cup of the smooshed-up flakes at the bottom of the box might be 4 ounces! The smaller the pieces, the more will fit in a cup. Calories correspond to the weight of the food, not how much space it takes up. Without a scale, you could be off by hundreds of calories.

You can get a pretty decent digital scale at Bed Bath and Beyond for $25, plus they almost always have a coupon for $5 off, which brings it down to $20. It's definitely worth it, even if money is tight.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,699
10/16/10 2:22 P

your closest estimate:
1/4 cup = 1 ounce shredded cheese
Dietitian Becky

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10/16/10 1:28 P

You are going to have to eyeball it. An ounce is a unit of weight and a cup is a unit of volume so they aren't really interchangeable unless you know how dense the cheese is...which I doubt you know.

I'm guessing you could probably cram an ounce of mozzarella into a 1/4 cup. It's a decent approximation at best.

LETYAK Posts: 398
10/16/10 1:00 P

I dont have a scale, how can I measure an ounce of shredded mozzarella cheese? Does anyone who knows this, can you compare it to measurements like cups for me?

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