I've cooked for a long time. It was usually done by what "looked right" or "smelled right". But it's only the last few years that I've really had to pay attention to the nutritional values of my recipes (diabetic in the family, sodium monitoring, etc.)
I've recently noticed that I don't know how to read some measurements in some of my recipes! I learned that 8 ounces was a cup. Period.
So I'm confused when an ingredient reads, "4 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (about 1-1/2 cups). Huh? When did 4 ounces become one and a half cups?
Another example is "1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss Cheese". What? Now 4 ounces equals a cup? Or a bag of shredded cheese says it contains 2 cups (8 ounces).
Does a cup ever equal 8 ounces any more? Or does that only apply to liquids?
Now that I have to pay so much attention to what I'm putting in the food, I find that I don't always know how much to measure out or even how to measure it! It's very confusing to me but I figure someone here can explain how to interpret this.
Thank you very much.