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A lot of people have been emailing lately, asking if I can list recipe measurements in cup amounts instead of grams. 


Why do I prefer grams to cups? 

Measuring in grams gives a much more precise amount.  For example, a cup of dates is a very vague measurement: there’s a big difference between a loosely-packed cup of dates and one that is jam-packed.  And in many recipes, things like this wouldn’t matter… but sometimes such discrepancies can throw off an entire recipe.  Conversely, 80 grams of dates is 80 grams of dates, no matter how you look at it.

Also, measuring with a food scale means fewer cups and spoons to have to clean up.  I don’t know about you, but doing dishes is one of my least favorite parts of cooking, so fewer dirty cups and spoons = happier CCK. 


Do I always measure foods?

Oh goodness, no!  I rarely ever measure ingredients when I’m cooking (especially where things like stir fries are concerned).  In fact, I often have to make a recipe over again because I forget that I want to post it and don’t know the measurements.  But for things like my oatmeal recipes, baked goods, or fudge babies, the scale is a lifesaver for the reasons I listed above.  

I know that not everyone has a food scale, though.  Therefore, I’m going to try and remember to list future recipes using both measuring methods. 

Question of the Day:

Do you like to measure foods?  Or do you just wing it?  As I said above, I’m usually a wing-it kinda gal.  But I know that some of you like to measure everything from veggies to peanut butter.  What’s your proclivity? (Ooh SAT word ;))


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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Ava says:

    Gah! No way! I need a food scale so badly! But my parents won’t let me buy one.

    P.S. First time commenter here but long time reader. Love your blog!

    – Ava

  2. Jenny R. says:

    Thanks Katie! I always wanted to try out some of these recipes but I can’t convert for the life of me. For me, I always start off measuring b/c I’m scared the recipe or whatever I’m eating won’t be the same as it was before…but then if it looks off I add a little more or take some away. It’s all about how it looks I guess. YAY FOOD SCALE !
    p.s. i’m so proud of you/us/everyone for chocolate covered kindness!! (i’m a little late commenting about that 😉

  3. Kimberly says:

    I just got that same scale! I love it. I mainly got it for measuring when I bake.

  4. Evey says:

    Hi Miss Katie!

    Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!

    As for your question, I don’t usually measure food either, unless it is for baking. Life’s too short to measure everything else, haha.

  5. Demelza says:

    Katie, you’re so sweet to do both measurements for your readers. ^^

    I suppose I’m sort of a mix of liking and not liking measuring. It’s great to have guidelines, but more often than not I still add some personal tweaks to ensure a recipe turns out to my tastes. Usually I need to add in more spices like cinnamon, etc. and that sort of thing I don’t really measure. What do you mean the measurements for a “shake, shake, shake” of cinnamon aren’t universal!? 😡

  6. Angela says:

    Love your blog 🙂

    I try to measure things but i have a pretty crappy scale so most of the time i wing it 🙂

    I hear ya on the cleaning up part 😉 the less mess the better! But no matter how much i try to stay neat…the messier my kitchen gets..LOL!

  7. lz says:

    hi Katie, thanks for posting the cup conversions! When I cook, I usually wing it… but when I bake, I measure using cups and tablespoons. 🙂

  8. Pam says:

    I usually measure recipes. I like that part about less clean-up! I always tell my husband that the maid didn’t show or will be here later or I am going to fire her….now mind you I am both…!!! Good joke though!

    Bee Happy!

    Can’t wait till the giveaway…very nice!

  9. I always measure when I’m doing a baking recipe, or else I could never replicate it again and then it would be a catastrophe.

    But for savory dishes I never measure unless I’m trying to keep track of stuff so I can post the recipe on my blog and give people at least a fighting chance of understanding my madness!

  10. LK Sisters says:

    For recipes we find in books or on the internet, we measure everything, yet usually add our own personal flair and change it up slightly. When we feel inspired or know a recipe in-&-out, we don’t measure at all, but just throw in a little stuff here and there. Sometimes not measuring makes the best food!

    We’ve measured in cups for so long, but we use scales like crazy at work, that we have been wanting a scale for our personal use. It seems it is the most accurate way to go! That scale looks great, and of course your recipes look delicious!

  11. lexi. says:

    I measure for recipes, but not in my daily life. Especially not for veggies and fruits. I’m always having more than a serving of those goodies!

  12. Jessica says:

    Goodmorning Katie! Well, when I’m baking I totally measure everything out so I can replicate it again if the family likes it! 🙂 Otherwise I really do wing it…and if I’ve discovered the family likes something I will take on the liberty (hehehe) of experimenting with it to make it even better….but that my dear friend is my downfall….any additions are tossed in without a note as to what they were… 🙁 so sad when we find a winner! 🙂

    I’ve honestly never used a food scale. That truly is a compelling argument that makes a lot of sense. So if you don’t use spoons or bowls, do you just take the weight of a bowl and add ingredients in accordingly when making a recipe to eliminate extra dishes? Can’t wait for tomorrows post!

  13. Marina says:

    I hate measurements in cups. I’m european chick, we do well with grams, not cups:D
    I do measure stuff, but just because I want to be careful with calories. and that I have to stop doing. but I would love a digital scale though 🙂

  14. JW says:

    I would LOVE to win a food scale. I measure foods, but I am using my old-school measuring cups!

  15. Rebecca says:

    Katie, thank you so much for posting the cup equivalents! I can’t wait to start baking 🙂

  16. chrysta says:

    I actually use my food scale for certain foods still. I still measure out high calorie foods with it, nut butters and things like that. Old habit I guess from when I was trying to lose weight. But it did really teach me that when you pour say one cup of flour….measuring out one cup of flour of the scale is way different! I was suprised. So I still use it for some things. Thanks for the conversions Katie!!

  17. Sünne says:

    Living in Germany, I grew up with scales and had to get used to cup measurements when reading American food blogs for the first time.
    Now I know what the basics (like 1 cup of flour/sugar/…) are in gram so I usually weigh ingredients even for American recipes.

    I think it’s very nice you’re giving away a scale. Oh, and I also find it great you’re listing metric amounts – no converting effort for lazy me, haha.
    I’m a bit dependent on my (digital) scale for a certain reason …

  18. justine says:

    great points about the scale there babe and you are a doll face for updating those recipes for your readers. just made a version of your brownie batter pancakes 🙂


  19. randomlymikey says:

    i def. like to wing it! i get way to obsessive when i measure everything. but i would like to get a food scale for cetain things. thanks for the recipe revisions!

  20. Carbzilla says:

    I know I only teased you about the grams thing so it wasn’t me who made you do it! 🙂

    But I’m super happy you did!

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