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  • JohnS
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    Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    We get a lot of weight/volume questions on food items, recipes, etc here. I'd like to suggest the USDA Database as a resource:
    http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

    The link takes you to the search page. The search engine is fairly clunky. Don't be too specific or you may get nothing; minor spelling variations, spaces affect it. Just as an example, it finds cornstarch but not corn starch; however, if you just enter corn, cornstarch appears in a LONG list of corn products.

    Once you find what you want, submit it. It will offer you nutritional analysis for several amounts, always 100 g, and usually optional amounts including Customary volumetric measure, cups, tablespoons, etc. It will show you their weight in grams, which is the conversion. It will also give complete nutritional information. The source is information supplied by US food manufacturers, processors. It won't find odd ingredients not reasonably common in the US.

  • ushaa4n
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    nutrition.gov is important

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  • coffeecube
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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA
    thank you john

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Originally posted by James Irvine View Post
    Well sir, if you’re still out there, your post motivated me to change the search method on the fooditems.us site, so that now if you enter either ‘corn starch’ or ‘cornstarch’, it works. For some reason the usda nutrient database seems to list things backwards, e.g., ‘Beans, snap, green’ instead of just ‘green beans’, etc.

    So now a search for, say, 'maple syrup' will match on the usda listings of ' Syrups, maple', and 'Syrups, table blends, pancake, with 2% maple', etc.
    Thanks Thanks Thanks

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  • JohnS
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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Originally posted by freak View Post
    Is it just me or the page isn't loading?
    Don't know. The pages linked in posts #1, 3, and 8 all load for me.

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Originally posted by JohnS View Post
    Thanks, James
    That is more user friendly. The densities are returned on one page for each item the search engine returns. The link should be preceeded by www
    Is it just me or the page isn't loading?

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Originally posted by Robert Fogt View Post
    I have updated the Weight to Volume Cooking conversion page to use the data from the USDA. It should be much more accurate now.
    Thank you so much for that link Robert!
    As a budding amateur chef from the UK I love experimenting with a variety of international recipes from all around the world, and, although I love varying what I am making to my own preferences, I think it's quite hard to give a valid opinion on a recipe if you've had to 'guestimate' the equivilent measurements!

    Big thanks from the UK!

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  • Robert Fogt
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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    I have updated the Weight to Volume Cooking conversion page to use the data from the USDA. It should be much more accurate now.

    http://www.onlineconversion.com/weig...me_cooking.htm

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  • Robert Fogt
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    The data on nutrition.gov simply forwards to the link in the first post.

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    nutrition.gov is another good website

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Well sir, if you’re still out there, your post motivated me to change the search method on the fooditems.us site, so that now if you enter either ‘corn starch’ or ‘cornstarch’, it works. For some reason the usda nutrient database seems to list things backwards, e.g., ‘Beans, snap, green’ instead of just ‘green beans’, etc.

    So now a search for, say, 'maple syrup' will match on the usda listings of ' Syrups, maple', and 'Syrups, table blends, pancake, with 2% maple', etc.

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    Thanks John!

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  • JohnS
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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    Thanks, James
    That is more user friendly. The densities are returned on one page for each item the search engine returns. The link should be preceeded by www
    www.foodinfo.us/Densities.aspx

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    Re: Food Weight/Volume Conversions: USDA

    This one is a bit more friendly than the government version: foodinfo.us/Densities.aspx
    You can search by entering any part of the food item, etc. Same source of info though.

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