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Could You Be Less Specific in Your Measures?

 Is the gallon referred to in your article an Imperial gallon or American gallon?

 Sorry. As Americans, we tend to be ever so slightly oblivious to the fact that most of the rest of the world uses different measures than we do. Perhaps you've noticed….

We are forever exhorting American readers to purchase kitchen scales, so that they can use the non-American recipes they find on the Internet and use British/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand/South African/etc. cookbooks and recipes that are in English, but might as well not be when it comes to measuring by weight and not by volume (as we have comfortably done for some 200+ years now).

Ochef is getting very good at listing cooking temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. We are less observant right now of including the metric system in our measurements, but that will surely have to change.

Whenever we refer to a gallon, we are referring to the American measure – 128 fluid ounces, 16 of our cups, 8 of our pints, 4 of our quarts, 231 cubic inches, 3.785 liters, or 8.33 pounds of water at 62 °F (16.6°C). The Imperial gallon is 20 percent larger than our gallon, or 160 Imperial fluid ounces, 4.546 liters, or 10 pounds of water at 62 °F (16.6°C).

The Imperial measures seem to be giving ground to the metric system more readily than the American systems of weights and measures, which we, as a society, appear to be holding onto for dear life. Ochef will try to be clearer going forward.

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