Archive for the ‘Conversions’ Category

What the heck is Oleo?!

June 25, 2010

I recently was loaned a cookbook by a friend.  This is no ordinary cookbook. The Ladies Aide Society Cookbook from the Central Schwenkfelder Church (Pennsylvania).

Now let me tell you, these recipes are amazing.  You’ll be seeing quite a few of them on this blog from time to time.  But there has been one overarching challenge to using these recipes – one that I often have with some of my grandma’s recipesIngredients that don’t exist anymore.

One ingredient, in particular: OLEO. I have asked myself on more than one occasion lately “what the hell is oleo”… the answer – I learned – is simple.  Margarine.

Simple, right?  Here I was convinced it was some mythical “crisco-esque” substance that would make all my cakes perfect, my muffins moist, and my brownies delectable.  All that is true, but there’s no magic to it… just plain old margarine.  The reason many grandma’s refer to Oleo in recipes is interesting.

While I’ve long been a staunch butter lover (I blame my mom)… I have been told, in certain instances… margarine is better.  Granted, it’s b/c it has more oil content and makes things unbelievable moist (along with clogging the arteries)… but still, worth considering…

-Eat Hearty

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Those Pesky Conversions…

April 21, 2010

I almost wept when I found this on Not Derby Pie (a really fun blog, check it out).  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been scratching my head for more time than I care to admit over CONVERSIONS *mild hyperventilation*.

So here are all the conventional conversions you’ll ever need… plus a few you might have never known about.

  • 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 3 teaspoons (tsp)
  • 1/16 cup (c) = 1 tablespoon
  • 1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
  • 1/6 cup = 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup = 4 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup = 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon
  • 3/8 cup = 6 tablespoons
  • 1/2 cup = 8 tablespoons
  • 2/3 cup = 10 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • 3/4 cup = 12 tablespoons
  • 1 cup = 48 teaspoons
  • 1 cup= 16 tablespoons
  • 8 fluid ounces (fl oz) = 1 cup
  • 1 pint (pt) = 2 cups
  • 1 quart (qt) = 2 pints
  • 4 cups = 1 quart
  • 1 gallon (gal) = 4 quarts
  • 16 ounces (oz) = 1 pound (lb)
  • 1 milliliter (ml) = 1 cubic centimeter (cc)
  • 1 inch (in) = 2.54 centimeters (cm)

For: 1 Tbsp fresh herb
Use: 1/3 to 1/2 tsp dried herb (of the same kind)

For: 1 clove garlic
Use: 1/8 tsp garlic powder

For: 1 egg in baking
Use: 1 tsp cornstarch plus 1/4 cup water

For: 1 whole egg
Use: 2 egg yolks plus 1 Tbsp water

For: 1 cup buttermilk
Use: 1 cup plain yogurt, or 1 cup sour milk (4 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup — let sit for five minutes before using)

For: 1 cup corn syrup
Use: 2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 1/3 cup water

For: 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate
Use: 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 4 tsp sugar

For: 1 cup cake flour, sifted
Use: 7/8 cup all purpose flour, sifted (1 cup minus 2 Tbsp)

For: 1 tsp baking powder
Use: 1/3 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

For: 1 Tbsp cornstarch for thickening
Use: 2 Tbsp flour

For: 2 Tbsp tapioca for thickening
Use: 3 Tbsp flour

-Eat Hearty!