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Volume II
March 21, 2003

"Large" is not a Unit

         We made an improvement to Cook'n a while back but it seems that some people haven't quite figured it out yet. I think it might help if we gave an explanation and clarified the issue.
         In earlier versions of Cook'n, an ingredient line only had four fields:

Quantity   Unit   Ingredient and Ingredient Info

For example:

1                 cup      onion                    chopped

The correct way to enter a recipe that called for "1 large onion" was

1                              onion                     , large

However, some people would add "large" to the unit list and mistakenly enter:

1                 large      onion

         When Cook'n doubles a recipe, it adds an 's' to the unit and changes "1 cup onion, chopped" to "2 cups onions, chopped." Since "large" is not a standard unit of measure, this caused real problems. For example, the ingredient line above was changed from "1 large onion" to "2 larges onions" when the recipe was doubled. Whoops!
         The other problem occurred when Cook'n tried to add ingredients together to make a shopping list or compute nutritional information. There are three teaspoons in a tablespoon and sixteen tablespoons in a cup and two cups in a pint, etc. However, two "larges" does not make a cup. In fact, the unit "large" has no relationship with any other unit because "large" is not a unit at all and should never have been added to the unit list!
         However, it was an understandable mistake and rather than blame our users, we just fixed this problem by adding a new field between the unit and ingredient:

Quantity   Unit   Ingredient Info   Ingredient and Ingredient Info

The correct way to enter this recipe is:

1                                     large            onion

So, if you happen to be one of the people who entered units like "small," "medium," or "large" to your unit list, move them over to the next field!

                  Happy Cook'n!

                  -Dan @ DVO

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