mo63 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 1:51pm
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Can anybody tell me what this means?

 

Most recipes on the net are in american measures and its so confusing.

 

What does scant mean?

 

Sticks of butter? Cups of flour? Confused .com..........LOL

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BakingIrene Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 2:45pm
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If you aren't comfortable with this vague (useless, really) measurement, don't make the recipe. Find another.

 

Sticks of butter on the other hand are very exact: a stick weighs 1/4 pound. Sticks are an American packaging feature so they don't talk about grams of butter in a stick.  The American pound is 454 grams.

DeliciousDesserts Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 2:50pm
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"Scant"  means just a bit less.  

 

I weigh everything including flour, sugar, etc.  I like precision.  Like Irene said, this is a worthless "measurement."  It will be different every single time even with the same person.

 

 

scant  

/skant/
 
Adjective
Barely sufficient or adequate.
 
Verb
Provide grudgingly or in insufficient amounts.
 
Synonyms
adjective.   scanty - meager - scarce - meagre - spare - skimpy - poor verb.   stint - scrimp - skimp
mo63 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 3:40pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BakingIrene 

If you aren't comfortable with this vague (useless, really) measurement, don't make the recipe. Find another.

 

Sticks of butter on the other hand are very exact: a stick weighs 1/4 pound. Sticks are an American packaging feature so they don't talk about grams of butter in a stick.  The American pound is 454 grams.

Thank you for your help, unfortunatly every recipe I find is in american measures, dont know why this is. Even when I put in for UK measures I still get american. :)

mo63 Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 3:41pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DeliciousDesserts 

"Scant"  means just a bit less.  

 

I weigh everything including flour, sugar, etc.  I like precision.  Like Irene said, this is a worthless "measurement."  It will be different every single time even with the same person.

 

 

scant  

/skant/
 
Adjective
Barely sufficient or adequate.
 
Verb
Provide grudgingly or in insufficient amounts.
 
Synonyms
adjective.   scanty - meager - scarce - meagre - spare - skimpy - poor verb.   stint - scrimp - skimp

Thank you for your help :)

DeliciousDesserts Posted 4 Feb 2013 , 4:38pm
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AYou are welcome!

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