How to Use Measurement Converters
Summary: Measurement converters are needed at times when ingredients were purchased with different measurement types (i.e. VOLUME, WEIGHT, COUNT or DISTANCE) than what is being used on a recipe.
There are many examples that may come up, such as when "Flour, Wheat, All Purpose" is purchased in a WEIGHT measurement type (i.e. pounds) and then is put on the recipe with a VOLUME measurement type (i.e. cups). Of course, it would be better to use WEIGHT measurements on recipes as much as possible, but that is not always possible.
Measurement converters can help in this situation since they can convert between different measurement TYPES (not to be confused with units) without having to change either the purchase or recipe units.
How to create measurement converters: By far, the easiest way to add a measurement converter to an ingredient is to use the PLUS account's feature of linking the ingredient to a USDA nutrition entry. In most cases, the nutrition entry will have measurement converters already attached and these can be added to the ingredient with a simple click of the mouse.
Manually add measurement converter: You can use an online conversion tool, or you can measure the ingredient yourself. To measure an ingredient yourself, choose a vessel (as large as possible, while being easy to use) to measure the ingredient with. An easy suggestion would be to use a '1 cup' measurement. Reset your scale by placing the 1 cup measurement vessel empty on it, and resetting the scale to zero. Then fill the cup and re-measure the weight. On the ingredient, find the 'Measurement Converter' section, open it and enter '1 cup' in the first field. Then enter the weight measured in the second field. Press save and the ingredient can now be used in both TYPES of measurements (VOLUME and WEIGHT) on the recipe.