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Baking with Google

September 7, 2009

It struck me that I might be (am definitely) nerdier than most of you, so you might not be aware of my favorite nerdy measurement conversion tool.

You see, I often halve recipes when I’m baking because there are only two people and a dog in my house. Half of a cake recipe usually makes a more manageable dozen cupcakes. Half a brownie recipe usually makes a small 8×8″ pan full. Half as many chocolate-filled, cheese-laden, buttercream frosted baked goods in my mouth makes my pants fit twice as well.

That doesn’t make sense? Sorry, I was never good at math.

Speaking of not good at math, I often need a little help cutting a recipe in half. Figuring out half of 1 cup is easy, but what about half of 1/3 of a cup? What if I need to know how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? How many cups is 4 ounces? If you have these same questions, just do what I do when I have questions about anything in life: Ask Google.

No, seriously. Try it!

google calculator

Type in “4 ounces in cups” and get the answer: 1/2 cup. Type in “1 tablespoon in teaspoons” and get the answer: 3 teaspoons. Type in “1/3 cup in teaspoons” and get the answer: 16 teaspoons, which makes half of 1/3 of a cup 8 teaspoons.

It’s called the Google Calculator and it’s way better at math than I am! Maybe you will find it useful too.

Later this week:

Crispy, cheesy, delicious tomato tarts!

  1. September 8, 2009 5:49 pm

    what a great tip! thanks!

  2. Josh permalink
    September 8, 2009 7:25 pm

    Ditto! I use Google all the time when cooking. :)

    Speaking of technology, how do you save recipes for future use?

    • The Craving Chronicles permalink*
      September 8, 2009 10:16 pm

      Right now I keep a list of recipes I want to try in Backpack, but as the list grows I’m thinking of switching over to Delicious so I can tag them and organize them. What do you use?

  3. Josh permalink
    September 8, 2009 10:49 pm

    I just have a bunch of recipes saved in email. :)

    5k or so.

  4. Athryn permalink
    September 17, 2009 7:18 pm

    That’s always been one of my favorite little Google tricks. You can convert anything to anything else!

  5. Jeff Weeks permalink
    September 18, 2009 11:21 am

    Since I teach this stuff for a living, I might be just about as nerdy as you. :)

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