Converting 'sticks'

Baking By CakeGalUK Updated 15 Jan 2011 , 11:25am by auzzi

CakeGalUK Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 3:47pm
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Hi, I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't seem to get the right search string to find anything!!

I want to try a US recipe, but it's all in cups and 'sticks'. I have cup measures so I will use those, but I want to check about the butter.

From what I have found, 1 stick = 113g butter. Is that actually correct?

Thank you!

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Uschisk Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 3:52pm
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Yes - that is correct!

CakeGalUK Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 4:00pm
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Thank you! Fingers crossed it all goes ok icon_smile.gif

metria Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 4:03pm
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CakeGalUK Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 4:20pm
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I found an online converter too, I was just not 100% confident about using it so wanted to "know" what the basic unit was to be sure.

I'll take it that you've successfully converted that way though, which is great icon_smile.gif

sabriana Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 4:54pm
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I have found converters online as well. I have also found that many of them are rubbish when it comes to converting recipes. 113g is right for a stick of butter. In the US, butter can come in packages of 4 sticks = 1pound of butter or 454 g. I also have recipes that call for butter in cups measures; a cup = 2 sticks.

I am attempting to do the opposite- converting my US recipes to metric/weights because its SO MUCH easier and quicker for doubling the recipes.

please PM me if you have any other questions on the recipe - would be happy to help.

metria Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 5:05pm
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may I ask how butter is commonly packaged/sold in Europe? there's only one British guy at my work office and I think I'd be embarrassed to ask him how he buys his butter icon_redface.gif

sabriana Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 5:23pm
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Just looked on the local Tesco (big grocer in UK) site and its sold in 500 g or 250g packages - a large block. So the 500g package is a small bit larger than the US pound.

CakesbyChrissy Posted 13 Jan 2011 , 5:23pm
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In Germany butter comes in 250g Packages. Don`t know about the rest of europe though.

JanH Posted 14 Jan 2011 , 8:02am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeGalUK

I want to try a US recipe, but it's all in cups and 'sticks'. I have cup measures so I will use those..




Do you have US measuring cups?

Because UK, AU and US measuring cups are NOT sized the same.

For example a ONE cup measure:

U.S. = 237 milliliters (legal cup is 240 ml)
U.K. = 284 milliliters
Australia = 250 milliliters

More conversion information:

http://cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=5891774&sid=7255baf543c73930ebe9f57e1b291449

HTH

Relznik Posted 14 Jan 2011 , 8:46am
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In the UK, you get 250g packs. We don't get the 500g packs like Ireland does! (my best friend, also a cake-maker lives in Ireland and buys 500g packs).

Caths_Cakes Posted 14 Jan 2011 , 10:56am
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Relznik, Are you sure your lookin the right places, Im from the north east and our asda sells the 500g and 250g Blocks, as well as the big tubs lol

Relznik Posted 14 Jan 2011 , 10:58am
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Originally Posted by Caths_Cakes

Relznik, Are you sure your lookin the right places, Im from the north east and our asda sells the 500g and 250g Blocks, as well as the big tubs lol




icon_biggrin.gif Really? I've never seen those locally in Tesco or Sainsburys. I've seen margarine in big tubs, but not butter.

auzzi Posted 15 Jan 2011 , 11:25am
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CakeGalUK,

check your measuring cups: are they 1/4 cup (60 ml), 1/3 cup (80 ml), 1/2 cup (125 ml), 1 cup (250ml.) ?

Generally speaking, 1 U.S. "legal" cup = 240 millilitres {thus - 1/4 cup (60 ml), 1/3 cup (80 ml), 1/2 cup (120 ml)}

FYI 4 sticks butter = 16 oz ... 1 stick = 4 oz ..

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