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  1. #1
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Need help interpreting a measure

    I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.

    I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    what to do.

    I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    T'anks.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  2. #2
    Ranée at Arabian Knits Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <[email protected]>,
    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.


    I would assume it is the total weight, because it is after the can,
    rather than before - like 2 10 oz cans.

    Regards,
    Ranee @ Arabian Knits

    "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

    http://arabianknits.blogspot.com/

  3. #3
    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    | I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    | 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    |
    | I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    | as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    | My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    | what to do.
    |
    | I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    | T'anks.

    The Swanson water packed chunk white etc. is a 9.75 oz packaging,
    so they probably mean 20 oz total.

    pavane



  4. #4
    Stu Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    On Tue, 01 Jun 2010 15:37:35 -0500, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    >2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    >I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    >as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    >My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    >what to do.
    >
    >I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    >T'anks.


    That would be two 10oz. cans or 20oz. total

  5. #5
    Nancy2 Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    On Jun 1, 3:37*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. *You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > T'anks.
    >
    > --
    > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJhttp://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures


    Can you not tell from the proportions of other ingredients? Barb,
    this isn't rocket science - it's not like baking. Just do what you
    think seems right. It can't possibly make a difference between 6.5
    ounces and 10 ounces.

    N.

  6. #6
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    On 6/1/2010 3:37 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > T'anks.
    >

    Most of the short cans of chicken around here weigh 5 ounces, sort of
    like tuna does now. I would go with the 6.5 ounces and not worry about it.

  7. #7
    George Leppla Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    On 6/1/2010 3:37 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > T'anks.



    Ditch the tuna, add more chicken... then smother with a can of Cream of
    Mushroom soup.

    NOW your cooking! <vbg>

    George L

  8. #8
    Jinx Minx Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > T'anks.
    >
    > --
    > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures


    I say it's 10 oz. TOTAL. Weight designations after are commonly total
    cumulative weights. Much the same as the difference between "1 cup nuts,
    chopped" vs. "1 cup chopped nuts" or "1 tsp. cumin seed, ground" vs. "1 tsp
    ground cumin seed". I've always thought of recipes like that as saying, if
    you don't have 2 cans, use 10 oz. of whatever form you do have. When I
    write recipes, I write them that way to accommodate people that may not have
    access to the same igredients/brands as I do. Besides, both Chicken of the
    Sea and Starkist come in 5 oz and 12 oz cans, not 10 oz cans or even 9.x
    cans. Then again, I like my dishes with lots of protein so I'd probably use
    both cans even when halving the recipe.

    Jinx



  9. #9
    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    "Jinx Minx" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:hu3thb$463$[email protected]..
    |
    | "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    | news:[email protected]..
    | > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    | > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    | >
    | > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    | > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    | > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    | > what to do.
    | >
    | > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    | > T'anks.
    | >
    | > --
    | > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    | > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    | > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures
    |
    | I say it's 10 oz. TOTAL. Weight designations after are commonly total
    | cumulative weights. Much the same as the difference between "1 cup nuts,
    | chopped" vs. "1 cup chopped nuts" or "1 tsp. cumin seed, ground" vs. "1 tsp
    | ground cumin seed". I've always thought of recipes like that as saying, if
    | you don't have 2 cans, use 10 oz. of whatever form you do have. When I
    | write recipes, I write them that way to accommodate people that may not have
    | access to the same igredients/brands as I do. Besides, both Chicken of the
    | Sea and Starkist come in 5 oz and 12 oz cans, not 10 oz cans or even 9.x
    | cans. Then again, I like my dishes with lots of protein so I'd probably use
    | both cans even when halving the recipe.

    She's talking about chicken, not tuna. The common chicken is Swanson, and
    is indeed in a 9.75 oz package. BTW Chicken of the Sea does not package
    chicken, in any weight.

    pavane



  10. #10
    Pete C. Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    Jinx Minx wrote:
    >
    > "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > T'anks.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

    >
    > I say it's 10 oz. TOTAL. Weight designations after are commonly total
    > cumulative weights. Much the same as the difference between "1 cup nuts,
    > chopped" vs. "1 cup chopped nuts" or "1 tsp. cumin seed, ground" vs. "1 tsp
    > ground cumin seed". I've always thought of recipes like that as saying, if
    > you don't have 2 cans, use 10 oz. of whatever form you do have. When I
    > write recipes, I write them that way to accommodate people that may not have
    > access to the same igredients/brands as I do. Besides, both Chicken of the
    > Sea and Starkist come in 5 oz and 12 oz cans, not 10 oz cans or even 9.x
    > cans. Then again, I like my dishes with lots of protein so I'd probably use
    > both cans even when halving the recipe.
    >
    > Jinx


    I'm going for 20oz total since the (10 oz) is in parens so modifies the
    "cans water packed chunk white chicken", as well as someone noted at
    least one brand with cans near 10 oz size.

  11. #11
    Paul M. Cook Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > T'anks.



    Does it matter? You can add 3 cans if you want or half a can. All depends
    on how much chicken you want in it.

    Paul



  12. #12
    l, not -l Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    On 1-Jun-2010, Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    >
    > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > what to do.
    >
    > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.


    It would be useful to know the other ingredients and amounts to better
    interpret the chicken requirements. Regardless, I checked my pantry and
    found both large and small cans of Swanson's Chunk Chicken. The small can
    is 4.5 ounces, the large is 12.5 ounces. The large can states "28% more
    than 9.75 ounce can", implying (??) competor's can holds 9.75 ounces.

    Two small cans of Swanson's can't give to 10 ounces, only 9 ounces.
    Without having the amount of other ingredients to guide me, I'd assume 2
    large cans.
    --
    Change Cujo to Juno in email address.

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    pavane Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure


    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:hu3v0p$alg$[email protected]..
    |
    | On 1-Jun-2010, Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    |
    | > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    | > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    | >
    | > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    | > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    | > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    | > what to do.
    | >
    | > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    |
    | It would be useful to know the other ingredients and amounts to better
    | interpret the chicken requirements. Regardless, I checked my pantry and
    | found both large and small cans of Swanson's Chunk Chicken. The small can
    | is 4.5 ounces, the large is 12.5 ounces. The large can states "28% more
    | than 9.75 ounce can", implying (??) competor's can holds 9.75 ounces.

    Swanson's Chicken is in 3, 4.5, 9.75 and 12.5 ounce cans:
    http://www.campbellsoup.com/swansonchicken.aspx
    Not that it matters...

    pavane



  14. #14
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <hu3v0p$alg$[email protected]>,
    "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 1-Jun-2010, Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.

    >
    > It would be useful to know the other ingredients and amounts to better
    > interpret the chicken requirements.


    I thought about it but couldn't bear the scorn. '-)
    Thanks for your reply.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  15. #15
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <%gfNn.175675$[email protected]>,
    "pavane" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "l, not -l" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:hu3v0p$alg$[email protected]..
    > |
    > | On 1-Jun-2010, Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote:
    > |
    > | > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > | > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > | >
    > | > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > | > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > | > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > | > what to do.
    > | >
    > | > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > |
    > | It would be useful to know the other ingredients and amounts to better
    > | interpret the chicken requirements. Regardless, I checked my pantry and
    > | found both large and small cans of Swanson's Chunk Chicken. The small can
    > | is 4.5 ounces, the large is 12.5 ounces. The large can states "28% more
    > | than 9.75 ounce can", implying (??) competor's can holds 9.75 ounces.
    >
    > Swanson's Chicken is in 3, 4.5, 9.75 and 12.5 ounce cans:
    > http://www.campbellsoup.com/swansonchicken.aspx
    > Not that it matters...
    >
    > pavane


    :-) I'm going to guess that it's looking for two 10-ounce cans, now
    downsized, I'd bet, to 9.75 ounces. Thanks.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  16. #16
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <hu3ura$vkh$[email protected]>,
    "Paul M. Cook" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > T'anks.

    >
    >
    > Does it matter? You can add 3 cans if you want or half a can. All depends
    > on how much chicken you want in it.
    >
    > Paul


    Hey, I'm just trying to follow a recipe for once in my life. :-)
    Thanks.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  17. #17
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <4c057e93$0$27302$[email protected] .com>,
    "Pete C." <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Jinx Minx wrote:
    > >
    > > "Melba's Jammin'" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > > news:[email protected]..
    > > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > > >
    > > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > > what to do.
    > > >
    > > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > > T'anks.
    > > >
    > > > --
    > > > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    > > > http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > > > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

    > >
    > > I say it's 10 oz. TOTAL. Weight designations after are commonly total
    > > cumulative weights. Much the same as the difference between "1 cup nuts,
    > > chopped" vs. "1 cup chopped nuts" or "1 tsp. cumin seed, ground" vs. "1 tsp
    > > ground cumin seed". I've always thought of recipes like that as saying, if
    > > you don't have 2 cans, use 10 oz. of whatever form you do have. When I
    > > write recipes, I write them that way to accommodate people that may not have
    > > access to the same igredients/brands as I do. Besides, both Chicken of the
    > > Sea and Starkist come in 5 oz and 12 oz cans, not 10 oz cans or even 9.x
    > > cans. Then again, I like my dishes with lots of protein so I'd probably use
    > > both cans even when halving the recipe.
    > >
    > > Jinx

    >
    > I'm going for 20oz total since the (10 oz) is in parens so modifies the
    > "cans water packed chunk white chicken", as well as someone noted at
    > least one brand with cans near 10 oz size.


    Thanks. In putting the recipe together, I can see that 10 ounces will
    probably do it for half the recipe.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  18. #18
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <[email protected]>,
    George Leppla <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 6/1/2010 3:37 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > T'anks.

    >
    >
    > Ditch the tuna, add more chicken... then smother with a can of Cream of
    > Mushroom soup.
    >
    > NOW your cooking! <vbg>
    >
    > George L


    What tuna? Clean your glasses, George.


    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  19. #19
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article <[email protected]>,
    George Shirley <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On 6/1/2010 3:37 PM, Melba's Jammin' wrote:
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > T'anks.
    > >

    > Most of the short cans of chicken around here weigh 5 ounces, sort of
    > like tuna does now. I would go with the 6.5 ounces and not worry about it.



    Some help you are, Jorge.

    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

  20. #20
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Need help interpreting a measure

    In article
    <ab[email protected]>,
    Nancy2 <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Jun 1, 3:37*pm, Melba's Jammin' <barbschal...@earthlink.net> wrote:
    > > I've got a recipe with this ingredient:
    > > 2 cans water-packed chunk white chicken (10 oz.), drained.
    > >
    > > I'm planning to make half the recipe and I can't decide if that measure
    > > as stated is to be 10 ounces total or 20 ounces (2 cans, 10 ounces each).
    > > My chicken breast half weighs about 6.5 ounces and I'm trying to decide
    > > what to do.
    > >
    > > I await your counsel. *You've got until about 5:30 p.m., CDT.
    > > T'anks.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJhttp://web.me.com/barbschaller
    > > Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

    >
    > Can you not tell from the proportions of other ingredients? Barb,
    > this isn't rocket science - it's not like baking. Just do what you
    > think seems right. It can't possibly make a difference between 6.5
    > ounces and 10 ounces.
    >
    > N.


    Yeah, I know it's not like rocket science. I'm just trying to follow a
    recipe for once in my life, that's all.
    --
    Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller
    Updated 4-24-2010 with food story and pictures

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