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I just had a bit of an argument with a Pyrex measuring jug about what constitutes a pint. It claimed 16 fl oz which seemed rather too light (given the marmelade recipe is one of Mrs Beeton's). Sure enough -

http://www.nationalreview.com/ask_editor/ask-an-editor-answers.shtml

So jot this down:

"A pint of pure water weighs a pound and a quarter
(except in the US, where it weighs somewhat less)".

Otherwise I have little complaint about Pyrex. Excellent stuff.
Permalink trollop 
September 1st, 2006 1:33am
You gotta love the S.I.

1 liter water weighs 1 Kg, by definition.
Easy & Elegant
Permalink Send private email Locutus of Borg 
September 1st, 2006 3:19am
i dunno, you yanks and your lightweight water. Is that a fad or something?
Permalink $-- 
September 1st, 2006 3:47am
Locutus - yeah, except liters aren't authentically SI. 1 liter = 1 cubic decameter, and of course because it's cubic, it's 1/1000th of a cubic meter.

So, since base SI units are the gram and the meter, 1 gram = 1/1000th of a cubic decameter = 1 cubic centimeter of water. And a cubic meter of water weighs a ton (literally).

Ahh, the power and beauty of base ten.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
September 1st, 2006 6:53am
I agree metric rules ok. Oz is pretty comprehensively metricated but Mrs B.'s book prefers not to be. The recipe is pretty well the same as #1568 here:

http://www.mrsbeeton.com/31-chapter31.html

Note - them's definitely the full British pints.
Permalink trollop 
September 1st, 2006 7:45am
That will teach you to buy American measuring instruments for English recipes.  It's also why recipes given by weight are much happier.  This makes it easier for me to use German beer recipes here (in theory at least: sometimes they want equipment I don't have)
Permalink Send private email Clay Dowling 
September 1st, 2006 9:34am
"An English Pint is bigger than an American Pint".  Well, THAT explains why they went metric.  The world doesn't need two different Pints.

That also explains much about British drinking habits.
Permalink Somebody 
September 1st, 2006 9:53am
Yeah, and what's this shit with FIVE quarts to a gallon?  Damn!
Permalink Send private email Jöhn Härën 
September 1st, 2006 2:05pm

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